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Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

Dr. Dinkar Kelkar started collecting exhibits around 1920 and one by one, section by section he raised the collections to around 15,000 objects of great attraction till the year 1960. He was very much fond of showing these exhibits to his friends and visitors in the same way as he wanted them to grasp his poems. Gradually the collection became a point of great attraction even to the visitors abroad. Dr. Kelkar could then easily win the minds of the authorities of the local bodies and of the State Govt. as well as of private institutions all over India, who came forward to help him to further collect the exhibits and convert the collection into a Regional Museum for Western India. 
     
It was to the credit of Shri. Y.B. Chavan , the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Shri. P.J. Chinmulgund, the then Education Secretary of the State Govt. that the one man collection could take the shape of a real Museum. In fact the names of such institutions, state - authorities and luminaries who contributed towards the building of this Museum are too many to be enumerated here.
  As a result of this public appreciation Dr. Kelkar decided in the year 1962 to hand -over his collection to the Dept. of Archaeology, Govt. of Maharashtra for developing it as a Regional Museum with better display and maintenance of its exhibits.


Mastani Mahal

 The Mastani Mahal situated on the same floor reminds one of the romantic and heroic life of the Bajirao Peshawa the first in the company of his beloved Mastani.
The Mastani Mahal Bajirao Peshwa 1 (Painting), Mughal School, Contemporary Mastani (Glass Painting), Mughal School, Contemporary

Ivory Objects

  On the other part of the ground floor the museum has arranged more valuable Ivory objects, namely Ink-Pots, House-Shrines, Toilet Utility objects, Games and Playing Cards ('Ganjeefa').
Parsee Man (Ivory) South India 18 th Century Shree Ganesh (Ivory) Nepal 17 th Century

Wood - Work & Sculptures

On the 'L' passage of the ground floor at the entrance have been arranged the artistically decorated doors and windows along with their panels and brackets with proper settings on the wall, so that one gets the impression of being just in front of the then existing house from where the particular doors have been collected. The stone sculptures displayed here along the wall un mistakeably appeal to the aesthetic sense of the visitor.


Lamps & Tambool

In the other part of the 2nd floor are exhibited the Bronzes, the Lamps of profuse variety, the Tambool artifacts and the writing materials along with the decorative Ink-pots. Mention worthy are the Sun-Lamp from Nepal and the Kadamba. tree Lamp with the Raasa-Lila depicted on it


Gujrat Gallery &  Vanita Kaksha

In the Vanita Kaksha of the New Building, also situated on the ground floor, one can very well visualise how a day is begun by an Indian woman involving the use of Vajris i.e. foot cleaners, the mirrors, the combs, the collyrium-boxes and the Kumkum caskets.

Indian Paintings

In the smaller room before we enter the Gujrat Gallery, the Museum has displayed the Indian Paintings of different kinds belonging to 17th to 19th Century, i.e. Glass Paintings , cloth paintings, paintings on parchment, paintings on leather and paper. 


Musical Instruments

The other part of the 1st floor is occupied by the beautiful collection of the Musical Instruments of various kinds namely the beating (drums etc.) Most remarkable among the beating instruments is the "Khol" of Keshavrao Bhole;among the blowing instruments the "Flute of Pannalal Ghosh" and among the string instruments the "tanpura os Sawai Gandharva" and "Mini Tanpura of  Bal Gandharva" and also the Taar Shehnai of Madukar Golwalkar.The Museum proposes to pour music into these instruments by making them enjoyable through Casset-Recording .In a small section of the Musical Instruments Gallery, the Museum has displayed the Objects of Tribal art, Hubble-Bubbles and pipes.

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