The recently inaugurated National Museum of Indian Cinema is the first of its kind. Housed in two buildings in the Films Division complex, it has a public space for visitors to relax and sit in. Gulshan Mahal, a beautifully restored nineteenth-century heritage building, has nine sections and take visitors through 100 years of Indian cinema. It's collection consists of several documents, posters, models/dioramas, multimedia kiosks and artefacts. Spread across two floors, the nine sections include: The Origin of Cinema, Cinema Comes to India, Indian Silent Film, Advent of Sound, The Studio Era, The Impact of World War II, Creative Resonance, New Wave and Beyond and Regional Cinema. However, the building isn’t disability friendly, as one has to climb wooden stairs to get to the first floor.
The New Museum Building has four fully air-conditioned exhibition halls spread across four floors (accessible through escalators and lifts). These include—Level 1: Gandhi and Cinema; Level 2: Children’s Film Studio; Level 3: Technology, Creativity and Indian Cinema; Level 4: Cinema across India. The children’s film studio is a must visit for young audiences and school groups as they provide children with an immersive experience, using interactive elements like a stop-motion animation studio, a sound effects and mixing studio, a photo studio and more. Instead of a tour guide, the museum has digital kiosks with old telephone receivers for certain exhibits, which one can pick up and listen to in three different languages. There are also timelines, wherever necessary, that place India on the world map. (Do not miss the section on Satyajit Ray and his cameras!).

Arts and Crafts, Film
Opening Days
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Visiting Hours
11:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.
Best Time to Visit
Weekday mornings are the least crowded and would be the best time to visit the museum.
Visiting Hour
Ticket counter closes at 05:00 pm
Entry Fee
Applicable Free entry for children (upto 12 years) and students (with valid ID proof. Adults: INR 20; Foreign nationals: INR 500.
Average Duration
1-2 hours
Gulshan Mahal, 24, Pedder Road, Cumballa Hill, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Additional Facilities
They are currently in the process of setting up the library.
Managed By
Central Government
Docent Guide
Person In-charge
Director General
91 22 2355130
Museum Mapped By
Sayali Mundye
Interesting Things About the Museum
The museum consists of two buildings: the first is Gulshan Mahal, a nineteenth-century heritage building, and the second is the New Museum Building. Both are housed in the Films Division complex. The display is very well-integrated; it has self informative along with interactive kiosks that audiences can explore. It has a special children’s gallery, where kids can get a hands-on experience about the various processes of film-making.