1. ConservArte

The ConservArte Citi-CSMVS Art Conservation Project is a sustained corporate-museum partnership, the first of this scale in India where over the past 7 years, 7,798 historic art objects – paintings, sculpture, textiles, manuscripts and decorative art objects have been conserved. The project has showcased these objects through 10 exhibitions reaching out to 6,60,000 visitors, and has forged 23 collaborations, organized 55 technical lectures and workshops, hosted 24 fellowships, and built capacities of 1500 students and professionals. The state-of-the-art storages being designed for the Museum will care for its 70,000 collections of historic and artistic works of various types and technologies, spanning the prehistoric period to the present time. The Art Conservation Centre is also being refurbished to position itself at the forefront of the Indian cultural heritage conservation movement.

2. Museum on Wheels

The Citi-CSMVS Museum on Wheels Outreach Initiative has two state-of-the-art buses, custom-designed to carry travelling exhibitions on themes drawing from the CSMVS’ rich collections. The initiative is designed to reach schools, colleges, NGOs and the general public within the city of Mumbai and across the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Goa with an aim to create awareness about heritage and culture. It establishes a connection between the past and present through hands-on experiences. Over the last 6 years, since its launch, the initiative has reached out to 12,17,712 people physically and 60,000 people online. It has organized 7 travelling exhibitions, initiated collaborations with over 340 educational institutions and travelled over 40,000 km. The initiative works on the philosophy of ‘If you cannot come to the museum, the museum will come to you’.

3. Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum is a ‘creative cultural lab’ that encourages discovery, innovation and creativity. The dream of having a space for children and by children came in the form of first children’s museum in Mumbai with the generous financial support from the Bank of America. The museum provides holistic learning experiences that are relevant to children – their learning needs, enjoyment expectations and life aspirations through vibrant exhibits, programmes, workshops and activities. Through this open and free space, we strive to nurture a creative, exploratory and balanced environment for children while providing the joys of childhood.

4. CSMVS-TCS Project of Conservation of Museum Building, Digitisation & Archival Research and Publication (2019–2022)

CSMVS began its modernisation programme nearly a decade ago to keep pace with the changing needs and trends of a 21st-century museum. Taking this mission forward, CSMVS has undertaken the comprehensive conservation and preservation of its historic building, up-gradation and digitisation of its collections and archival research, and a publication of a book on the history, architecture and collection of the CSMVS to commemorate the Museum’s Centenary Year in 2022. The project is being supported by the TCS Foundation.

5. CSMVS-Tata Trust Art Conservation Initiative Project

CSMVS and the Tata Trusts have undertaken a collaborative project under the ‘Tata Trusts Art Conservation Initiative’. The purpose of this convergence is to support and train project staff, conduct training programmes and workshops in art conservation, to conduct outreach activities in institutions of neighbouring states as well as conduct field surveys and prepare proposals for the conservation of the collections in these external institutions and sites. CSMVS has been selected as the zonal centre for the western region of India for this project with the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa under its project reach. Selection of external institutions for field surveys from these states will be done jointly by CSMVS and Tata Trusts.

6. Building Illumination Project

Upon signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rotary Club of Bombay in November 2018, the Façade and Landscape Lighting of the CSMVS building was completed and inaugurated on 24 April 2019. This project was initiated by Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director General, CSMVS, and was executed by The Rotary Club of Bombay under the Environment Committee chaired by Priyasri Patodia (Founder/Director – Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai) under the presidentship of Vijay Jatia and funded by art aficionado Manoj Israni of Blue Cross.

7. The Solar Project

CSMVS and the Rotary Club of Bombay collaborated in 2015 for the adoption of green policies at the Museum. The Club supported the installation of 48 photovoltaic rooftop panels and around 140 solar panels for the illumination of facades and lawn. The Club also pledged to aid in their maintenance for the upcoming five years. Looking forward, as part of sustainable energy strategy solutions, the following has been planned:

  • Installation of 35 KWp capacity Solar PV Systems
  • Augmentation of the current Rain Water Harvesting System
  • Provisions for a Sewage Treatment Plant

In response to climate change, the Museum aims to play a pivotal role in preserving both its collection and the planet.

8. Art Conservation Resurgence Project

is supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust aims to create a series of reference documents that will assist custodians of cultural heritage to take care of their collections.

9. Conservation of the 16th century manuscript Anvar-i-Suhayli

The Persian translation of the Panchatantra fables, the Anvar-i- Suhayli, at the CSMVS Museum, comprises of over 200 illustrations and was created at Emperor Akbar’s atelier. This fragmented manuscript was conserved under the aegis of the Bank of America Global Art Conservation Project. Click here to see the publication of this project.