Rajasthan: Museums

Rajasthan’s Department of Archaeology and Museums, since its commencement in the year 1950, has been putting intensive efforts to ascertain, safeguard, defend, display and construe the artistic bequest personified in an assortment of structures of sculptures and architecture.
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Rajasthan’s Department of Archaeology and Museums, since its inception in the year 1950, has been putting intensive efforts to ascertain, safeguard, defend, display and construe the artistic bequest personified in an assortment of structures of sculptures and architecture.



Government Central Museum, Albert Hall

Located in the Ram Niwas Bagh, the Government Central Museum is domiciled in the Albert Hall. It was instigated by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh-II and was finished by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh-II. It was intended by Col. Sir Swinton Jacob. Underpinning rock was rested by Prince of Wales in 1876.


The Government Central Museum was recognized in the year 1887. Lt. Col. T.H. Hendley was selected as the first Honorary Secretary. The anthology includes 24930 displayed items out of which the significant items are:


• Egyptian Mummy

• Persian garden carpet

• Bronzes from Tibet and Nepal

• Sculptures of Rajasthan

• Paintings of Rajasthan

• Handicrafts of Rajasthan




Government Museum, Jodhpur

Government Museum, situated in Ummed Bagh, Jodhpur was recognized in the year 1909 and officially released to public on March 17, 1936. The museum is forenamed after Jodhpur’s Maharaja Sardar Singh. The compilation comprises of:


• 397 Stone Sculptures

• 10 Inscriptions

• 1951 Miniature Paintings

• 12 Terracotta

• 32 Metallic Objects

• 178 Arms

• 111703.5 Coins

• 4107 Miscellaneous Objects


Government Museum, Bikaner

This Government Central Museum was opened for public view by Lord Linlithgow, who was the then Governor General of India. It was opened on November 5, 1937 as a division of the golden anniversary celebrations. Shortly, a novel building was built for the museum and complete anthology was relocated in it. The compilation comprises of:


• 71 Stone Sculptures

• 10 Incriptions

• 192 Miniature Paintings

• 124 Terracottas

• 27 Metallic Objects

• 574 Arms

• 22241 Coins

• 1108 Miscellaneous Objects


Government Museum, Ajmer

The Government Museum, Ajmer is built in the 16 Cent, Akbar's Fort. Recognized by the Central British Administration as Rajputana regional museum, it was officially opened on October 19, 1908 by Major Colvin. It’s compilation includes:


• 652 Stone Sculptures

• 84 Inscriptions

• 3986 Coins

• 18 Metallic Objects

• 149 Miniature Paintings

• 75 Arms and Armour

• 363 Teracottas

•128 Miscellaneous Objects


Government Museum, Bharatpur

The Government Museum, Bharatpur was recognized on November 11, 1944 in the Lohagarh Palace. The Government Museum chiefly comprises of:


• 581 Stone Sculptures

• 10 Inscriptions

• 120 Terracottas

• 13 Metallic Objects

• 670 Coins

• 1966 Weapons

• 196 Miniature Paintings

• 861 Local Art and Craft




Government Museum, Dungarpur

Situated at Dungarpur, the Government Museum was initiated with numerous sculptures accumulated by the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Rajasthan, primarily from the Vagad region from the year 1959 onwards. Initially movable sculptures and architectural remains were exhibited in Panchayat Samiti Hall at Dungarpur in the year 1960. The compilation was augmented by sculptures obtained from neighboring locations.


Government Museum, Chittorgarh

Maharaja Fateh Singh constructed the palace at Chittorgarh in 19th centuary. In the year 1968, the Department of Archaeology & Museums transformed this stunning palace into a museum, with the aim of preserving and highlighting the legacy of this county. The collection includes:


• 632 Sculptures

• 2061 Coins

• 125 Paintings

• 318 Arms and Weapons

• 2 Inscriptions

• 55 Terracottas

• 18 Metallic Objects

• 70 Art and Craft Objects


Government Museum, Jaisalmer

The Government Museum was recognized to emphasize the versatile artistic mores of the immense Thar Desert and its legacy, which was opened for public view in the year 1984. The collection includes:


• 72 Stone Sculptures

• 8 Inscriptions

• 65 Coins

• 13 Paintings

• 179 Handicrafts


Government Museum, Pali

The Government Museum, Pali was opened for public view in 1991. Displays of the museum comprises of:


• Jewellery and Costume of the Garasia tribe

• 326 Stone Sculptures

• 10 Stone Inscriptions

• Copper Plates

• 409 Coins of Medieval Period

• 22 Miniature Paintings

• 4 Terracottas

• 3 Metallic Objects

• 8 Arms

• 258 Miscellaneous Objects


Government Museum, Sikar

The Government Museum, Sikar was opened for public view on June 28, 2006. The Government museum was constructed chiefly to house the statuettes collected from the Harsh temple of 10th centuary. The Government Museum, Sikar is situated on a hill. It comprises of:


• 287 Stone Sculptures

• 2 Inscriptions

• 17 Metallic Images

• 51 Weapons

• 51 Paintings

• 1256 Coins

• 205 Miscellaneous Objects

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