Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur
Jaipur’s cultural beauty is well expressed in architecture and art forms. One of the best ways to enjoy the culture is museum. The best of all museums is Albert Hall Museum. This museum provides exclusive collection of artifacts, objects and other art forms.
The building of Albert Hall Museum was built in 1876 as a concert hall. The museum gets its name from the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, because of the similarity of architecture. The foundation for the building started in 1876, when Prince of Wales visited Jaipur. When the building was constructed, the royals and government did not have any idea about usage of the building. It was initially used as Town Hall in 1880. Later, the King of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II suggested to use it as a museum for Industrial Arts. Later, the hall was used for displaying masterpieces of local artisans.
In 1881, the museum was at its prime beauty and people from across the country visited this museum to buy or enjoy handicrafts, artwork and other masterpieces. However, the building was under construction until 1887. Later, the museum started to showcase artifacts and ancient artworks along with budding artist’s masterpieces.
The building holds Indo-Saracenic architecture and exclusive stone ornamentation. The museum was famous for its architectural beauty since its inauguration. The corridors of the museum hold numerous mural paintings, Persian painting and others. The murals on display expresses ancient civilization and reigns like Green, Babylonian, Chinese and others.
There are 16 galleries inside the museum.
Metal Art – The museum holds 19th century metal works including vessels, figurines, and salvers with zodiac signs, shields representing epic battles of Mahabharata, Ramayana and others. You can find figurines made with bronze, zinc and brass in this collection.
Arms and Armor - This gallery holds the weapons and armors used by Rajputs, Mughals, Turkish and Hyderabadis. This collection includes spears, arrows, bows, warrior helmets, swords, tiger knives and others. You can find collection of Arabic Calligraphy in this gallery. Gold and silver based Karanshihi work is also found here.
Pottery – This section holds pottery and related artworks of 19th century. This collection includes glazed pottery of Delhi region, Singh region and Multan, unglazed pottery of Bikaner and Hyderabad and the iconic blue pottery of Jaipur.
Sculptures – This gallery holds a large collection of statues from 4th century to recent times. You can find blacks tone sculpture of Yakshi made in 4th century AD, stone statues of Hindu gods and much more. You can find statues of varying styles, reign and time period in this collection.
Miniature Paintings – This gallery holds miniature painting of Mewar. You can find Jain wood painting with lacquer, Ramayan paintings, and paintings from local art schools and so on.
Clay Works – This gallery holds all clay based works of 19th century and recent ones. This include clay figurines, traditional masks and others. You can find many clay works representing sociological themes, yoga postures, caste system and so on.
Marble Art – This gallery holds exotic marble works of Mughal reign, statues retrieved from ruined temples, local artisan’s masterpieces and so on. You can find statues of Hinduism, Jainism and modern art.
International Art –This gallery holds Japanese dolls of 19th century, 1st century BC Pharaonic antiques, Brass Buddha of Nepal, Egyptian mummy and others.
Ivory – This gallery holds artworks made with elephant tusk (ivory). You can find ivory statues, mirrors, medicine boxes and much more in this gallery.
Jewelry - The royal jewels, expensive antiques and other priceless ornaments are found in this section. You can find golden waist belts, ear studs, earrings, rings, foot ornaments and others.
Woodwork and Furniture – You can find intricate woodwork of Jaipur and Kashmir. You can find ancient wood works like drummer, almirah, boar box, figurines and others.
Coins – This gallery holds large coin collection of 11th century and before. You can find punch marked coil, Delhi coins, British-India coins, ancient Indian coins, Gupta reign coins, Mughal coins and others.
Musical Instruments – Indians give grave importance to musical arts and dance forms. Top musical instruments to spot here are rabab, karna, Chouteau, Ravan hatha, bankia and others.
Garments – This gallery holds collection of unique textile works with local Rajasthan textile works like Gota wok, Sanganeri print, lace work, ancient embroidery, Bandhish work, Kotadoria and others.
Carpet – This gallery holds carpet collection of various reigns and styles. Top carpets to spot are prayer mat, Mughal pattern, circular and others.
Miscellaneous – This gallery holds showpieces, art works, antique objects and others.
Apart from these, you will find special ‘gallery of the month’, which showcases any unique collection.
How to reach Albert Hall Museum
Once inside Jaipur, you can find numerous transportations to reach Albert Hall museum. You can find public transportations too. The museum is close to Merta Road Junction Railway Station. You can reach the station via local train and walk or hire a cab from the station to the museum. You can also find buses from various parts of the city to the museum.
Best Time to Visit Albert Hall Museum
The museum is open during all seasons. However, winter makes the place more pleasing for sightseeing and other attractions. Since it is an indoor attraction, the season does not create a major impact on the beauty of the place.
Entry Timing and Fee
The museum is open from 9 in the morning until 5 in the evening, throughout the week. The museum is closed only for Holi, a local holiday. From October to March, the last Tuesday of each month is the maintenance day and tourists are not allowed to enter the museum. From April to September, last Monday of each month is the maintenance day.
Entry for Indian Visitor – INR 40 per head
Entry for Indian Students – INR 20 per head
Foreigner Visitor – INR 300 per head
Foreign Students – INR 150 per head
For composite entry ticket, that includes ticket for the museum, Albert Hall, Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort, Vidyadhar garden, Nahargarh fort and others.
Indian Visitor – INR 300 per head
Indian Students – INR 40 per head
Overseas Visitor – INR 1000 per head
Overseas Student – INR 200 per head
Entry is free on Rajasthan Day, World Heritage Day, World Museum Day and World Tourism Day. Students are free to enter the museum between 10 am and 12 pm.
Cost of audio guide for Indians – INR 114
For Foreigners – INR 171
Night visit entry is allowed between 7 pm and 10 pm. Cost of entry is INR 100 per head
Nearby Tourist Sttractions
- Hawa Mahal
- Jantar Mantar
- Jal Mahal
- Jaigarh Fort
- Amber Fort
- Nahargarh Fort