Top 10 Most Famous Museums of Rajasthan

Rajasthan is the only state that defines the word “Royalty” is a state with varsity and the variance all over it’s city. The world knows the state Rajasthan for its Royal Rajput Kings and the stunning architecture of monuments, palaces and forts. Every corner of Rajasthan will have a history staring back at you. The glimpses of the past golden era of the Rajas and the Maharajas can be seen in the museums of Rajasthan which are filled with all the evidences, articles and facts of the historical figures of the royal state. The museums of Rajasthan are like a storage of very interesting articles of the Kings and Queens who have lived a life of royalty.

The museums hold their objects, lifestyle, clothing and stories that marked their name in the history of Rajasthan. The museums are managed by the “Department of Archaeology and Museum, Government of Rajasthan” and also some of them are jointly preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India. Not just will you have a tryst with a heavenly history, you’d also have an opportunity to observe at a percentage of the rarest and finest ancient rarities to be ever found in the world.

Here we have listed down Top 10 Most Famous Museums in Rajasthan for you to check them out:

1. Albert Hall, Jaipur

Albert Hall Museum, is also known as Government Central Museum is situated in Jaipur. This museum is believed to be the oldest museum of the state, designed by Colonel Sir Swinton to impress King Edward VI; this extravagant gesture by the Maharaja guaranteed the prince’s visit and today the Albert Hall Jaipur has been converted into Albert Hall Museum (Central Museum) that displays relics from Jaipur’s history. The museum collection of Albert Hall includes arti facts of Jaipur’s royalty and tribes. The collection also includes miniature paintings, folk art, costumes and woodcarvings.

The museum collection is spread across ground and first floor and is divided under fifteen categories namely metal art, pottery, jewellery, garments & textiles, arms & armour, miniature paintings, musical instruments, clay art, sculptures, marble art, furniture & wooden art, carpet, international art, ivory, and coins.

The vintage pottery masterpieces from Britain, Iran, Turkey, and Japan are part of the pottery collection. Marble art gallery includes sculptures carved by Jaipur artisans In addition to the galleries, Albert Hall museum has a library, a library and an archive section and a cafe. The visit lasts for 3-60 minutes generally and rest depends upon your interest.

Visiting Hours – 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Entry of visitors is free on Rajasthan Day, World Heritage Day, World Museum Day, and World Tourism Day-the entrance fee is Rs 150.

Albert Hall Museum 

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2. Dolls Museum, Jaipur

Dolls Museum in Jaipur is like a “Fairy Tale” museum. It is definitely more than kids paradise and a cultural demonstration of different nations under the same roof through their traditional dresses. A marvelous collection of cute dolls from all over the world can be found in Dolls Museum.

A large number of tourists from different countries visited Dolls Museum to see the beautiful dolls that describe the culture and tradition of different countries. Doll’s Museum in Jaipur has dolls which portrays the culture and tradition of different countries in a very interesting way.

Visiting Hours: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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3. Jaisalmer War Museum, Jaisalmer

The Jaisalmer War Museum was conceptualized keeping the India’s rich military history in mind and showcasing the real war efforts of the soldiers. It is located 10 km short of Jaisalmer on the Jaisalmer – Jodhpur Highway. The inauguration of the Jaisalmer War Museum took place in the Golden Jubilee Commemoration Year of the 1965 India Pakistan War. The Museum displays war exhibits which include vehicles and equipment captured during the course of operations.

The Jaisalmer War Museum, popularly known as JWM, has an Honour Wall engraved with the names of the Param Vir Chakraand Maha Vir Chakra gallantry award winners. The War Museum is dedicated to the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives protecting their beloved nation during the Indo-Pak War in 1965 and the Longewala battle in 1971. This army museum showcases the the vintage equipment’s used during the Indian wars like tanks, weapons, guns, military vehicles, and war trophies which totally is a treat to your eyes and is sure shot to give you goosebumps.

To give the museum a feel of a war base camp, it has been surrounded by wide earthy grounds and dust filled bushes which creates an ambiance similar to war base. The Jaisalmer War Museum displays the murals of the Indian soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in the wars just to safeguard the nation. The complex also has a battle truck named P-15 Radar which was used by the Indian Army during one of the wars. They screen a short documentary for which there is an entry free.

The War Museum can be visited from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM and the entry is free of cost.

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4. Crystal Gallery, Udaipur

Crystal Gallery is located inside the Fateh Prakash Palace in Udaipur. Crystal Gallery is the largest private collection of crystal in the world. It has the most exclusive and attractive collection of crystals which was established by Maharana Sajjan Singh who ordered the crystal collection from the Birmingham in 1877.

The gallery was opened for public in 1994 and exhibits precious crystal items brought from various parts of the world. Among its showcases includes fountains, dresses, dining tables, mirrored table tops washing bowls, sofa set, a crystal bed and imposing jewel encrusted carpet.

Crystal Gallery, Udaipur

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5. Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, Jaipur

Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing is located in the ancient pink “Chanwar Palki walon ki Haveli”. It is a foundation which is involved in charitable works and works with a core objective of preserving the traditional customs and works of artisans of Jaipur.

Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing is a beautiful haveli located on the way to the Amber Fort Located in a magnificently restored haveli or mansion, the museum displays a varied selection of block printed textiles alongside images, tools and related objects –Dedicated to the art of block printing, AMHP strives to inform both textile specialists and general public alike; but more importantly, the artisans themselves are encouraged to visit and view their craft in a unique and inspirational way Anokhi Museum holds a UNESCO certification and houses more than a hundred garments.

The whole and sole purpose of Anokhi Museum of Hand printing is to promote the ancient art form of Rajasthan. Other then the exhibits, the Museum organised various educational programs and workshops. There are various demonstrations related to block carving, print making, and block carving, etc. for all the visitors on a daily basis.

Visiting Hours: Tuesday- Saturday: 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Sunday: 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM

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6. Jaipur Wax Museum

Jaipur Wax Museum at Nahargarh Fort is a new feather added in the crown of Department of Archaeology and Museum The Nahargarh Fort. The wax museum showcases wax and silicone statues of many leading personalities who are iconic in their field as well as society.

The statutes at the museum includes personalities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Rabindranath Tagore, Albert Einstein, Michael Jackson, Sawai Jai Singh II, Maharani Gayatri Devi and many Indian and International leads.

Wax Museum - Nahargarh Fort

There is a background given to every statue at the museum to support and compliment to its celebrated history. The museum is the brain child of Mr. Anoop Srivastava who laid this entire intellectual foundation for this project with the Pink City Film Festival in 2006. The museum has around 20-30 wax personalities and all the eye-catching figures inside the museum will leave you awestruck.

Jaipur wax museum has other exciting facility like “The One Minute Maharaja” where you can experience a life of royalty; dressing up like Maharaja in a real life setting. Jaipur wax Museum is the first ever international standard museum placed at Nahargarh Fort.

Visiting Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM

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7. City Palace Museum, Udaipur

City Palace Museum is a very well known Museum of Rajasthan and is also known as Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. It is the house of rare and exquisite scriptures of Hindu from the primitive period of India. City Palace is located in Diwan-I-Aam which is an inbuilt public hall of the beautiful palace.

The museum contains a unique collection of dresses, ornaments, paintings, weapons of Kachwaha rulers. The museum mainly focuses on the arti-facts that were connected to Indian culture. The museum was launched by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II in 1959.

The building complex has many significant courtyards and impressive structures, along with five gallery section in the museum naming, Textile gallery, Sarvatobhadra, Sabha Niwas, Sileh Khana and painting and photography gallery. The museum holds over 25,000 works of art that range from world-famous paintings to carpets and forms arms to silverware.

Visiting Hours: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

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8. Fateh Prakash Palace Museum, Chittorgarh

The Fateh Prakash Palace Museum is located in Chittorgarh Fort. The fort was converted into a museum in 1968 and tourist were allowed to see all the antique collections of the family. The museum is sub-divided into sections which are dedicated to different antiquity such as coins, arts, weapons, tribal life and wood crafts of the Bassi Village.

There is a huge collection of sculptures in the museum which includes the statue of Hindu Lord, Lord Ganpati which was built in 8th-9th century. There is a section where weapons and armoury such as axes, helmets, shields, fares and knives and uniforms of the mighty soldiers of Chittorgarh can be seen.

Visiting Hours: 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM

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9. Mayo College Museum, Ajmer

Mayo College is home to Daniel Mathur Museum housed in Jhalawar House which it shares with the Arts School. The museum showcases priceless antiques and an armoury section which is considered as one of the best collection of any school museum in the world. The antique rare objects that are showcased in the museum has always attracted many eminent personalities from all over the world.

It is very unique that all the items houses in the Museum have been donated by Old Boys, Preants and other well wishers. Mayo College in Ajmer was founded in 1875 by Richard Bourke and it was founded especially for the sons of Indian upper classes, particularly the princes and novels of Rajputana. The museum is spread over 18 rooms and has rich and valuable collection of old paintings, sculptures, photographs, coins, natural history section, stuffed birds and butterflies.

Mayo College Museum, Ajmer

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10. Prachina Museum, Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

Prachina Museum has a vision to preserve rich culture diversity and to showcase monolithic identity of Bikaner. The cultural centre and the museum was established by the daughter of Late Maharaja Narendra Singh ji; Siddhi Kumari in 2000. This museum is at the beginning of the new millennium and is located in the great and massive Junagarh Fort.

Prachina Museum, Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

The museum reflects the vivid glimpses of the legacy that survived in the past. Parchina Museum displays royalty at its best which included the royal clothes and textiles. It also has the family portraits of the former rulers and their changing cultural milieus from generation to generation. The changes that the portrait includes shows the western influence on the royals, their rituals and religious accessories. The royal legacy of their patronage which survives in Bikaner arts and crafts till date are also included in the museum for the tourist to see.

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