A Travel Guide to Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur
Nestled in the beautiful gardens of Ram Nivas Bagh the Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur is the oldest museum in the state. This stunning structure in Indo-Saracenic architectural style is unique in many ways. It is attractive among many different structures and gives a visual appeal. There are domes over the arches on top of the Albert Hall.
There is an exquisite collection of ivory goods, crystal work, natural stone, and metal carved sculptures. Due to such extensive collection it is not so much in order on old stacks etc. Visitors can take a clean tour of the museum with the assistance of the audio guide.
This building dates back to 1876 when the Maharajah of Jaipur built this for the sole purpose of housing Prince Albert of England on his tours to the country. So, whenever he visited the country this King’s royal gesture ensured the Prince’s visit and stay in Jaipur. Now the Government Central Museum has several artifacts including weaponry, royal carpets, clay figurines, old paintings, carvings on wood, and the list goes on.
Upon completion of construction, 10 years later, it was decided during the reign of Maharajah Sawai Madho Singh II that the hall must be a museum. Prior to the Prince of Wales tour to India King Ram Singh painted all the houses and buildings pink. So, Jaipur got the name – Pink City.
Architecture & Artifacts
This is a paradise for history lovers, students and those interested in ancient times. These ancient relics on display in the gallery give insight into the rich lifestyle of the Kings & Rulers of the bygone era. One specific highlight of this royal Albert Hall Museum is the use of various royal textiles for this carpet. This is like a knowledge center for many historians and presently, gallery is home to an Egyptian Mummy of the Ptolemaic Era.
Back in the Queen Victorian Era the leading architectural style was the combination of Indian, Neo – Gothic & Islamic architecture. Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, a British architect designed this building in such Indo – Saracenic architectural design. The collection also contains personal things of the Jaipur tribes and Royalty.
There are several interesting ancient collection of artifacts inside the Albert Hall Art Museum Gallery. This includes jewelery worn by farmers of the 19th century, a collection of utensils of brass & silver, zodiac signs salvers, etc., war items like shields, medallions, gift articles, and many more listed here.
1. Metal Art
Vessels, Nakshatras, Tithis, of silver, bronze, zinc, and other metals from all over the country.
2. Arms & Armour
Swords & knives, tiger knives, helmets, armour, spears, arrows etc. from various styles – Afghani, Mughali, Rajputana, Iranian, Arab & Turkey and many other countries.
Special sculpture of Stone of Shiva from 8th century with exquisite ornamental crown, subtle smile & features. Other sculptures include Bodhisatva, Yakshi, Chaturbhuji Vishnu, Vaman Vishnu, Mahishasur Mardini, etc.
4. International Art
Ancient antiques from Burma, Graeco-Roman replicas, Japanese dolls, Egyptian mummy, Pharoanic Antiques of eleventh century, swords, masterpieces of vintage pottery, and various countries like Turkey, Britain, Nepal, Iran, etc.
The pottery collection includes finest pottery from various countries including Bengal and regions like Sindh, Multan, Delhi, Bhawalpur, Jaipur Blue Pottery and Bombay Glazed Pottery, etc.
6. Miniature Paintings
On the first floor of the Museum there are three galleries including paintings and characters from and depictions of various scenes from the Ramayana & Mahabharata.
7. Marble Art
Various structures of deities in purest marble while building temples, etc. are found here.
There is an amazing collection of various figurines intricately carved from ivory on display.
There is Enameling as well as studding jewelery found here. It includes silver, gilat, brass, and was worn by the people of the ancient times.
10. Musical Instruments
Instruments played by the artisans of those times mostly consisting of wooden and stringed instruments are on display.
11. Furniture & Wooden Art
Ornate doors and other wood artifacts painted with great colors from different parts of India and other countries like Sri Lanka, Burma, and Japan that were bought are here.
Punch coins as old as sixth century BC to second century BC depicting the times of socio-political, economic, and contemporary culture are on display.
13. Garments & Textiles
The ancient methods and styles of Tye & Dye and block printing originated here. So, you can find Bandhani prints and Indigo dyes on various styles like Chunari, Lahariya, and Pomacha in the costume selection.
14. Clay Art
Clay figurines of yogics, various scenes, professional trades, mehendi designs, sociological themes, traditional masks in clay figurines are on display.
Persian garden carpets of the sixteenth century AD and various designed Indian styled carpets with famous themes such as fish, animals, and ‘Char – Bagh’ are on display here.
The collection includes a range of wooden, clay, fabric, and metal artifacts in various colors, gold dust, and designs, all depicting the ancient times and themes.
Visiting time takes at least 1.5 hrs. to see the full gallery.
Entry for kids less than 7 years of age is free.
Entry on World Tourism Day & Rajasthan Day is free.
Entry for students with institute recommendation is free from 10.00 am to 12.00 Noon
9:00 AM – 05:00 pm
7:00 PM – 10:00 pm
Closed On: Mondays
Indian National – Rs. 150/-
Foreign National – Rs. 300/-
Indian Student – Rs. 50/-
Foreign Student – Rs. 150/-
Combination Ticket – Rs. 350/- Valid for 48 hours to Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall Museum, Jantar Mantar & Nahargarh Fort.
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