A museum is a building in which many ancient objects and artifacts of scientific, historical, artistic and cultural interest are kept. These artifacts are also exhibited for a display to the general public. The purpose of contemporary museums is to preserve and interpret such items which have an artistic, scientific and cultural significance which helps in educating the public. There are few museums across the Rajasthan which are most visited by tourists every year.
The Palace Museum
The Palace Museum, also known as the Government Museum, is a worthwhile place for a visit to Alwar city. There is a wonderful range of artifacts that are displayed in the museum that speaks of the history of Rajasthan, and of Alwar in particular. It is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in the opulent life and lifestyle led by the Maharajas of Alwar. The entire collection of the museum comes from the Royal family’s reserves and consists of 234 sculptures, 11 inscriptions, 9702 coins, 35 metal objects, 2565 paintings & manuscripts, 2270 arms & weapons and 1809 objects of local art, crafts and musical instruments. Spending a couple of hours in the museum is a good way to initiate you into the history of Alwar and take back memories of its unique culture and tradition.
Jaisalmer War Museum
Jaisalmer War Museum was established in the military station in order to honor the soldiers of the ‘Battle of Longewala’ that was fought in the year 1971. It embraces the bravery and sacrifices of the Indian Army. It was inaugurated for public viewing on 24 August 2015. It took place on the day of the Golden Jubilee commemoration of the India-Pakistan war in 1965. The museum popularly known as JWM, houses two information display halls, an audio-visual room, and a souvenir shop. It also has an Honour wall that has engraved the names of gallantry award winners of the Param Vir Chakra and Maha Vir Chakra. The place also includes murals of soldiers who lost their lives during the war and the weapons used for the same. Along with tanks, guns and military vehicles, the display has a repertoire of trophies and vintage equipment.
Prachina Museum is the cultural center of Bikaner. Nestled within the quiet corner of Junagarh Fort, the museum was established by Siddhi Kumari, the daughter of the Late Maharaja Narendra Singh ji of Bikaner in the year 2000. It exhibits royal costumes, textiles, portraits of former rulers, contemporary art, religious accessories, etc. Also on display are European wine glasses, cut glass decorative objects, cutlery and crockery used in the regal kitchen. Perfumes and other interesting things that were an integral part of the Royal household are there to enchant you as you explore sections of the museum. this museum hosts royal costumes, textiles, and accessories of Rajasthani royalty. The ‘Poshaks’ (garments worn by ladies) is a reminder of the now lost craft of traditional designs, styles, and workmanship. A number of beautifully crafted rugs and carpets give the visitors a chance to experience the artistic richness of India.
Maharao Madho Singh Museum
Maharao Madho Singh Museum is a major tourist attraction in Kota. Situated within the walls of the Garh palace, Maharao Madho Singh Museum houses a splendid collection of Rajput miniature paintings of the Kota school. Named after the son of the first ruler of Kota, this museum houses ancient sculptures, mural paintings, miniature paintings, royal armory, and frescos. Visitors can spend hours taking in the fascinating sculptures, arms, and other valuable antiques. This museum is the treasure house of artistic items used by the rulers of Kota.
In Udaipur, Ahar Museum is located in close proximity with striking cenotaphs of the Maharanas of Mewar. This archaeological museum is a repository of antiques, sculptures, and artifacts. Coins, earthen pots, terracotta toys, stone weights, animals’ figures, balls, and iron objects are also found inside the museum. The metal statue of Lord Buddha and the image of God Surya are amongst the most notable exhibits here. Some of these exhibits are as old as 5000 years. The museum has a small, but a rare collection of earthen pottery. A 10th-century metal figure of Buddha is a special attraction here.
Albert Hall Museum
Jaipur’s cultural beauty is well expressed in architecture and art forms. One of the best ways to enjoy culture is the museum. This museum provides an exclusive collection of artifacts, objects, and other art forms. It 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 the 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.
Jaipur Wax Museum
Jaipur Wax Museum is the only wax museum situated in a heritage palace of Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur with the exhibit of 30 wax statues of world-renowned celebrities all over the world. This museum is the brainchild of Mr. Anoop Srivastava of Entertainment 7 Ventures Pvt. Ltd. who laid the intellectual foundation for this project with the Pink City Film Festival in 2006. A lifelike wax sculpture of the legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan was unveiled at this event. Encouraged by the response and armed with the dream of creating a one-of-its-kind museum, Mr. Srivastava teamed with several other like-minded people including sculptor Susanta Ray.