The Best Art Galleries in Mumbai

In a constantly evolving world, art is the only facet that remains timeless. The city of Mumbai is home to many such timeless wonders, created by the genius of Indian and international artists alike. These masterpieces are carefully guarded by various galleries around the city — and we’ve picked out the best ones for you.

In a constantly evolving world, art is the only facet that remains timeless. The city of Mumbai is home to many such timeless wonders, created by the genius of Indian and international artists alike.

These masterpieces are carefully guarded by various galleries around the city — and we’ve picked out the best ones for you.


Volte

Just seven years old, Volte has quickly risen to prominence and eclipsed most galleries in the city. The brainchild of owner Tushar Jiwarajka, the gallery hosts paintings by both little and well known artists, both local and international.

Our Favourite Works: Ranbir Kaleka and William Kentridge

Website: Link
Visiting Hours: Mon-Sat, 11 am to 7 pm. Closed on Sundays
Getting There: Directions here
Admission Fee: Free


Jehangir Art Gallery

Considering it’s one of the oldest galleries in the city, Jehangir Art Gallery holds a special place in the hearts of art lovers in Mumbai. Founded in 1952, the gallery has curated the works of many artists and hosted tons of exhibitions, and continues to do so even today.

Our Favourite Works: Works of the local artists

Website: Link
Visiting Hours: 11 am to 7 pm
Getting There: Directions here
Admission Fee: Free


National Gallery of Modern Art

Founded in 1996, the NGMA is known for showcasing the changing art forms and styles over the past century and a half. Some might even argue that it hosts the most brilliant collection of modern and contemporary art in the city!

Our Favourite Works: Pablo Picasso and Egyptian Art

Website: Link
Visiting Hours: Tue-Sun, 10 am to 5 pm; Shut on national holidays
Getting There: Directions here
Admission Fee: Rs. 10 for Indians; Rs. 150 for foreigners


Gallery Maskara

Perhaps one of the most stunning galleries on the list, Maskara is known for its massive size.

Owner Abhay Maskara spent four years working in Seattle, USA, and has used that knowledge create this beautiful gallery, which boasts a 50 foot ceiling that allows it to host bigger installations than most.

Our Favourite Works: Mansoor Ali and Max Streicher

Website: Link
Visiting Hours: Tue-Sun 11 am to 7 pm
Getting There: Directions here
Admission Fee: Free


Project 88

If you imagine 4000 square feet of space full of art, you’ll probably be picturing Project 88. This massive gallery has an impressive list of artists and works on display — and the fact that it was built in a 19th century printing press just adds to the whole aura of the place.

Our Favourite Works: Hemali Bhuta and The Otholit Group

Website: Link
Visiting Hours: Tue-Sat 11 am to 7 pm; Mon 2 pm to 7 pm
Getting There: Directions here
Admission Fee: Free


Chatterjee and Lal

It’s definitely smaller than its predecessors on the list, but the baby of husband and wife duo Mortimer Chatterjee and Tara Lal is just as exciting.

The duo has been responsible for unearthing some of the best emerging local talent, helping them achieve their dreams by offering a platform to flourish on.

Our Favourite Works: The works of the local talent and Amrita Shergil

Website: Link
Visiting Hours: Tue-Sat 11 am to 7 pm
Getting There: Directions here
Admission Fee: Free


The Guild

Unconventional, some might say, but The Guild is famed for encouraging innovative art forms.

Founded in 1997, the gallery has expanded immensely in the past two decades, which has allowed the more unique, eccentric artists to present their work as well.

Our Favourite Works: Navjot Altaf and Baiju Parthan

Website: Link
Visiting Hours: Mon-Fri 11 am to 6 pm
Getting There: Directions here
Admission Fee: Free (By appointment only)


Sakshi Art Gallery

Originally started as a commercial gallery, Sakshi supported various Indian artists like M. F. Hussain and F. N. Souza, which brought it much attention.

Today, the gallery has turned into an artistic hub, and continues to support upcoming talent, promoting them both locally and abroad.

Our Favourite Works: The works of the local talent and V. S. Gaitonde

Website: Link
Visiting Hours: Mon-Sat 11 am to 6 pm
Getting There: Directions here
Admission Fee: Free


Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

Run by a mother-daughter team of Usha Mirchandani and Ranjana Steinruecke, the gallery (or should we say Galarie) is a remarkable 2000 square feet space of breathtaking artwork.

Ranjana worked in Manhattan and Berlin before turning her sights to Mumbai, and has used all of her experience to transform the gallery into something magical.

The gallery has attracted a hoard of renowned international talent like Kiki Smith and Wolfgang Laib to India, while also offering upcoming local talent various opportunities as well.

Our Favourite Works: C.K. Rajan and Abul Hisham

Website: Link
Visiting Hours: Tue-Sat 11 am to 7 pm
Getting There: Directions here
Admission Fee: Free

Rameez Shaikh

Rameez Shaikh is a twenty-three year old writer. With a degree in journalism to his name, he's an aspiring author with an absolutely astounding admiration for alliteration. Leisure propels him to read, dance, pen fiction and gloat about himself in third person. On weekdays, he works as a features writer. On weekends, he's a Manchester United fan.

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