Museums In Jaipur
MAHARAJA SAWAI MAN SINGH II MUSEUM
Located within the City Palace complex and nestled amidst old buildings, temples and the palace quarters, this museum was founded in 1959 by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. The exhibits consist of the ancestral collections built up by the successive rulers of Amer and Jaipur. A small selection of paintings, manuscripts, maps, carpets, textiles, costumes, weapons and armours was displayed in the Pothikhana (library) and the Silehkhana or armoury (both of these in their present form, were established in 1952) of the palace.
The Art Gallery is housed in the Diwan-i-Aam constructed for holding important State functions. A variety of objects-miniature paintings, illustrated manuscripts, decorated bookcovers, palm-leaf and Sanchipat manuscripts, old printed books, gigantic Mughal carpets, gold and silver Takhis-Rawan (movable throne), covered Ambabadis and open Howdahs, palanquins and carriages with richly embroidered velvet coverings are displayed in this gallery.
There are rare bird and animal studies by Ustad Mansur, court scenes, battle scenes, portraits and mythological paintings by famous Mughal painters.
A very rare gold brocaded velvet throne carpet bearing seal marks and notes dating back to 1605 A.D., two richly embroidered window curtains belonging to the mid-seventeenth century and a finely woven gold and silk circular Thal-Posh (dish cover) also belonging to the seventeenth century are worthy of mention.
Address : Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Ji Museum
Inside City Palace, Jaipur
Timings : 9.30 A.M. to 4.45 P.M.
GOVT MUSEUM - AJMER
Situated in the heart of old city and close to the railway station the museum is housed in the beautiful fort and palace built by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1616.
The Museum was started in 1908 by the Government of India with the object of collecting and preserving many unique objects of antiquarian interest which were lying uncared for and scattered all over Rajasthan. The Rajputan Museum as it is significantly named, has in its galleries important exhibits from almost all the princely States.
The museum's main sections are devoted to Sculptures, epigraphs, Prehistoric antiquities, Arms and Weapons.
( I ) Sculptures constitute the most interesting section in this Museum. The collection is enormously rich and varies from periods ranging from the Gupta to the late Medieval period.
( II )The Epigraphical exhibits which number about one hundred, are unsurpassed in many respects. Of special interest among them are :
» Brahmi inscription from Barli
» Inscribed slab from Nagari.
» Pratapgarh Inscription of Mahendrapala II.
» Two slabs inscribed with the Drama Harakeli Nataka from Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra.
» Slab containing drama Lalita Vigraharaj Nataka by somodeva also from Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra.
» Barla inscription of Prithiviraj Chauhan III.
( III ) A number of important copper plate grants add to the value of rich collection of museum. They include.
( IV ) Of the early coins, there are punch marked, Sibi-Janpada, Indo-Greek, Indo Sassanian, Kushan and Gupta coins preserved in the coin cabinet of this Museum. This also contains coins of the Rajput rulers and also contains coins of this museum. This also contains coins of the Rajput rulers and also of the Mughal and Pathan rulers.
( V) Paintings section contains more than a hundred exhibits, including a dozen rare Chief, Birbal, A Muslim Prince and Farrukshyar deserve mention. These paintings copies only ) depict well known Rajput Kings.
Address: Ajmer, Rajasthan
Timing : 10 A.M. to 4.30 P.M.
Closed : Friday and gazetted holidays.
Situated in the midst of Ramnivas Gardens, it is an
imposing stone structure executed in the Indo-Persian
style of architecture. The museum has a wide range of
metal objects used for domestic purposes.
Also on view area large collection of miniatures from
the Bundi, Kota, Kishangarh, Udaipur and Jaipur schools
of paintings ; ceremonial robes worn by kings and queens
and samples of wood block printing in the textile section.
Address : Central Museum (Albert Hall)