The Central Museum has vast number of antiques stored in and is absolutely fabulous.
One of the oldest and the most famous Museum is the Government Central Museum or Albert museum was constructed under the supervision of a British Army officer, Lt. Swinton Jacob in the year 1876. Maharaja Ram Singh, who was then the king of Jaipur, wanted this building to be used as the town hall but his successor Madho Singh decided to convert the building to an art museum.
Located in the middle of the Ram Niwas Gardens, just south of the walled city, the Albert Hall is a stunning example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. It was commissioned by Sawai Ram Singh II to commemorate a visit by the Prince of Wales, future King Edward VII, who himself placed the corner stone in 1876. The architect, Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, combined Mughal and Rajput styles, with elements of Victorian architecture, into this impressive design. The Albert Hall opened its doors in 1885 and has since remained a museum (now called Central Museum) with a small but interesting collection of Indian and non-Indian old artefacts (including one Egyptian mummy!). The building was recently restored to its former glory.
There are museums and then there are private collection museums like this. This museum was established and created by Acharya Ram Charan Sharma 'Vyakul' in 1960.
The museum showcases old manuscripts (oldest dating from 1134) and archives, thematic folk art of India, Indian textile designs, Tantrik paintings and yantras, glass and pottery items, minerals, gems and fossils, coins, stamps, drawings and newspapers stuffed full in cabinets or on the walls spread over a few floors of a large house to the south of the city centre. I got a guided tour round by an elderly gentleman, (who may well have started the collection), with sunglasses on.
Open: 8am-6pm. Admission: Rs40 for foreigners.
Located in Albert Hall in the Ram Niwas Public Garden just south of the Old City, the Government Central Museum is the largest in Rajasthan and was opened as a public museum in 1887. Exhibits include armory, textiles, carpets, paintings, geology, zoology, botany, a fine collection of sculptures, paintings, ivory carvings, decorative art objects, natural history specimens and an Egyptian mummy. Several miniature paintings of various sub-schools of Rajasthan are also on display.
Open: 10am-4.30pm Sat-Thur. Closed Fridays. Admission: Rs30 for foreigners.
The beuatiful Albert Hall, set in the spacious and beautiful Ram Niwas Garden, houses a museum with a rare collection of artefacts and craft items such as metalwork, ivory carvings, cane wood articles and exquisite pieces of jewellery, textile, pottery and paintings.
The building was built in 1886 for the visit by Edward VII, after a design by Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob in the modern Indo-Saracenic style. It was modelled on the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The garden also houses a zoo, a greenhouse, an aviary and a sports ground.
Situated in the middle of the garden as a centre attraction was the exquisitely built structure of Albert Hall, which was designed by sir Swinton Jacob, a British architect who designed many palaces in Rajasthan. Combining the elements of English and north Indian architecture known as the pride of the New Jaipur opened in 1887 AD, it is a very well maintained and impressive building displaying a rich collection of Art- de- fact like paintings, carpet, ivory, stone and metal sculptures and colourful crystal works etc. Just opposite the Albert Hall is one of the oldest ZOO in the country, harbouring different species of birds and animals. Another piece of attraction near the Albert Hall, is the Ravindra Rang Manch (theatre) with a modern art gallery and an performing art theatre both indoor and open air. Recently added joints of interest are streets dotted with food stalls which promises a delicious variety of Indian fast food certainly relished by the tourists.
Other VTers have accounted for the building and history of the Albert Hall. I'd add only that the many glass-encased Persian miniatures on the 2d and 3d floors are worth hours of looking and appreciation.
On my visit the admission fee was 10 rupees for Indians, 100 for foreigners.
Museum building is impressive from outeside.Its in in middle of beautiful Ram Niwas Garden,can be called as Ram Niwas Garden Central Museum.It was designed by Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob on Indo-Saracenic style ,on 1886 A.D. This building was build to honor King Edward VII visit to Jaipur.
As soon as enter one can see wall paintings,all few hundred years old.
Photography is not allowed inside.Hall you can take pics ,but not inside :(.
They have good collection of jewellery,pottery and paintings,chiselled brass wares.
Display of Egyptian mummy,one section full of natural stones displayed.Cant touch,only can see thro glass,it kept inside glass boxes for long lasting.
Good collection old of Painting has displayed in this museum..
One section is for Childran section,diffrent dolls&toys from many countrys.Must visit Museum.
Timeing:10.30 am to 5.30 pm.
Entrance fee for Forigners Rs 30/-
...or the Albert hall. The elephant festival which i was shooting, had the museum as one of the places enroute...
The museum houses portraits of maharajas, miniatures and other paintings depicting tales from the past, costumes, weapons of war, etc.
It is erected in the middle of Ram Niwas Garden of Jaipur . It was built in 1876 to mark the visit of Prince of Wales to the city. The beautiful Indo - sarcenic structure of the Albert designed by Sir Swinton Jacob was opened in 1887 as a public museum. It contains a fine collection of sculptures, paintings, decorative art objects, natural history specimens, an Egyptian mummy and a celebrated Persian Garden Carpet.
Built in the 19th century, this fabulous palace is now converted in Jaipur's central museum.
It displays a large and interesting collection of local art and crafts.
Albert Hall is the central museum - and yes, you cant find a better place for a museum, because this great architecture asks for a special use.
well comparing to western museums this one had almost nothing, BUT there were some very interesting paintings and sculptures about Rajastan history