The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day today on 18 May, 2013.
Museums can be a great way of peeking into the history of a place and culture as each artifact has some interesting tale. The museums in Rajasthan can get you a clear understanding of the rich and diverse culture, traditions, arts, history, crafts and other notable features of the state.
On“World Museum Day” let’s take a trip to the famous museums of Rajasthan that form an intrinsic part of the tourist attractions of Rajasthan.
Albert Hall, Jaipur–
located in the gardens of Ram Niwas Bagh in Jaipur and is believed to be the oldest in the state. Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob designed the museum in 1876 to welcome King Edward VII on his visit to India. The museum was opened to public ten years later. The rare articles on display are metal and wood crafts, pottery, arms and weapons, textiles, carpets, paintings of flora and fauna of the state, toys, and dolls.
Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Museum, City Palace, Jaipur
Located within the City Palace complex, the museum is the brainchild of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and houses ancestral collections of successive rulers of Amer and Jaipur. Initially, only selective visitors and dignitaries could visit this museum with prior permission. In 1959 this private museum was opened to the public.
The City Palace Museum is the jewel in the crown of the Udaipur City Palace Complex It is here that you can immerse yourself in the history of the Maharanas of Mewar, and really get a feel for their culture and how royalty lived.
Government Museum, Jodhpur
Located in Umaid Public gardens of Jodhpur, the museum has a huge collection of artifacts that reveal the rich history of the region. It was during the reign of Maharaja Umed Signhji, the beautiful museum was built. The museum also boasts a great architecture and the credit goes to Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester.
The various exhibits of the museum include textiles, miniature portraits, weapons, local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankars. The collection also consists of stuffed animals. Stuffed animals like birds are kept in glass cases. A separate military section, which displays wooden biplane models and an excellent brass battleship, is also well appreciated.
Prachina Museum, Junagarh Fort, Bikaner
With a vision to preserve rich cultural diversity and to showcase monolithic identity of Bikaner, this Cultural Center and Museum was established by Siddhi Kumari daughter of Late Maharaja Narendra Singhji of Bikaner in 2000, at the beginning of the new millennium. Located in the great Junagarh Fort, it reflects the vivid glimpses of legacy that survived in the contemporary past.
The museum displays royal costumes and textiles, family portraits of the former rulers, their changing cultural milieus from generation to generation, their response to Western influences, their ritualism and religious accessories, and the legacy of their patronage which survives in Bikaner’s contemporary arts and crafts till date.
Rao Madho Singh, Museum Kota
The city palace houses the excellent Rao Madho Singh Museum. You’ll find all the stuff necessary for a respectable royal existence – silver furniture, ingenious weapons and a stable of palanquins. The oldest part of the palace dates from 1624. Amazing mirror work and some of Rajasthan’s best-preserved miniatures decorate the small-scale apartments – the upstairs rooms dance with exquisite paintings of hunting and court scenes.
Government Museum, Ajmer
Akbar built this imposing palace in 1570 – partly as a pleasure retreat, but mainly to keep a watchful eye on local rulers. It was here, on 10 January, 1616, that Sir Thomas Roe, ambassador of King James 1 of England, was given the first official audience by the Emperor Jehangir. Akbar’s Palace houses the government museum, which has a small collection of stone sculptures, weapons and miniature paintings.
The Art Gallery of the museum has specimens of miniature paintings on leaves of the peepal tree, mica and old lithopapers alongwith the paintings of the Maharajas of Bharatpur.
MehranGarh Fort Museum, Jodhpur
The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur houses rare and interesting artifacts, textiles, paintings and transport items. The beautiful Palanquin and Howdah Galleries have some of the most captivating historic items that are both old and expensive, on display.
Recognize the role of museums across Rajasthan in enhancing heritage awareness and social identity, today on World Museum Day. Spend at-least half a day exploring the museums and most important, do not touch the artifacts that are preserved in the museum.
As per the information from the spokesperson of Archeological & Museum Department, there will be no entry fee charged from the visitors today visiting museums in the state.
And when we are writing this blog- Oldest Museum of the state- Albert Hall Museum gets virtual. Now, it has its own website started from today.
One can have a virtual tour of the Museum through the website and also get other valuable information like timings, fares and more.