Mahatma Phule Museum situated on Ghole Road, Shivaji
Nagar about 2kms from Pune was the first residence (wada) of Mahatma Jyotiba
Phule, a Marathi social activist and a prominent promoter of women's education.
In 1890, the residence was transformed into a museum and known by
the name Lord Ray Museum. At present the museum is called as Mahatma Phule
Vastu Sangrahalaya. The 117 years old museum still retains its original
charm and beauty and houses rich collection of industrial products and
the things related to agricultural, handicraft, jewelry, forestry, geology,
arms and armory, natural history, stone carvings, brassware, marble statues,
oil paintings, metal sculptures and textiles. Main attraction here is
the samples of body structures of various animals ranging from elephants
to sea-fishes. The library inside the museum has rare collection of books
about India's art, culture and ways of life. The museum sometimes conducts
film shows and seminars which attracts lots of audiences. Museum opens
from 8 am to 5 pm on all days, except Wednesday. Entrance is free.