Being a cultural city, Pune has always boasted of art, history and architecture throughout the ages. From Shivaji Maharaj to Peshwa and then the fight for Independence, much of Pune’s history is captured and showcased through several different avenues.
When it comes to museums, Pune doesn’t fall short of them. The city has various museums which display some magnificent items which you explore as soon as possible! Give this a read and make some plans with your friends/family to visit these six places!
Farid’s Camera Museum | Kondhwa Budruk
This one’s for the photography enthusiasts! Long before digital cameras and DSLRs changed the photography scene, we had the traditional cameras which almost blinded us with its flash. Mr Farid Shaikh’s museum boasts of almost 2000 cameras! The Novelty, one of the oldest cameras to be invented, is also available to see in this museum!
Address: Farid Manzil, Survey no. 16, 1/B, Kondhwa Budruk, Pune
Vikram Pendse Cycle Museum | Karve Nagar
One of the most well-maintained and swanky museums in the city, Vikram Pendse’s love for everything to do with bicycles is pretty evident. He’s been curating this museum for the past 15 years and it includes not just bicycles, but even nuts, bolts, screws, and even an actual replica of a bicycle shop from the 1940s! The museum is in his house; a grand Bunglow split into three floors!
Address: 22, Harsh Bunglow, Lane Number 6, Sahawas Society, Karve Nagar, Pune
Keshavrao Jagtap Museum Fire Brigade Museum | Erandwane
An entire museum dedicated to the fire brigade? Yes, please! Opened in 2016, this museum is one of its kind, a tribute to the Fire Department of the city throughout the ages and it’s inspired by London’s Fire Brigade Museum. It houses actual fire brigades, helmets, water hoses, ladders, and everything else which was used by the fire brigade in our city!
Address: 5, Shankarao Joshi Road, Pandurang Colony, Erandwane, Pune
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum | Shukravar Peth
Perhaps the most famous museum in our city, Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum houses various artifacts dating back to the 14th century. Out of the 20,000 artifacts, 2,500 are kept on display, including a replica of the Mastani Mahal. There is also a music gallery which houses some of the most quaint and intriguing traditional musical instruments!
Address: No. 1377/78, Kamal Kunj, Bajirao Rd, Natu Baag, Shukrawar Peth, Pune
Blades of Glory Cricket Museum | Sahakar Nagar
This one is for the cricket fanatics- a 4000 sq. ft. shrine for those who are almost religious about cricket! The place was inaugurated in 2012 by the man himself- Sachin Tendulkar! Ranging from signed bats and other equipments from the World Cup winning squad, to some of the rarest collectibles in the game, Blades of Glory is that one museum which most of us Punekars and visitors need to check out at least once!
Address: 3rd Floor, Govind Gaurav Apartment C, Swanand Society Lane 1, Sahakar Nagar 2, Pune
Dajikaka Gadgil Museum | Hadapsar
Dajikaka Gadgil, the man singlehandedly responsible for bringing the Gadgil name in the market, was a legendary goldmisth of our city. So naturally, a museum with his name showcases some of the most elegant and gorgeous pieces of jewellery designed by him. There’s also an audio-video presentation of his life and it’s definitely worth checking out!
Address: Opp. Magarpatta South Gate, Hadapsar, Pune
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