Once known as the “Golden Bird”, India has had a very rich history with many ruling kingdoms and many of them are in Rajasthan. The grandeur and plush lifestyle is not hidden from anyone and has been in the constant curiosity of people even up until now. Want to peek into the lavish lifestyle of the royals? So, visit these best museums in Rajasthan and know the era that has gone by.
Albert Hall Museum Jaipur
Albert Museum is one of the most famous and oldest museums of the state. Located in Jaipur, this museum was opened for public in 1887 and has a rich collection of artefacts which includes paintings, carpets, ivory, sculptures, dresses of the royal family, works in crystal and various other objects. With a beautiful architecture, this place is ideally located near other “must-visit” places of Jaipur.
Where: Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur
Timings- 9AM – 5PM, 7PM – 10PM
Mehrangarh Fort Museum
Standing with all its grandeur on a perpendicular cliff in Jodhpur, this museum is famous for its wide collection of old royal palanquins. One of the major attractions of this place is an elaborate domed gilt Mahidol palanquin which was won in a battle with the Governor of Gujarat in 1730. Along with this the museum also has costumes, paintings, decorated period rooms and much more.
Where: Mehrangarh Fort Museum, Jodhpur
Timings – 9AM – 5PM
City Palace Museum
A part of the stunning and most visited palaces of Jaipur, City Palace Museum contains a unique collection of garments worn by royal families, paintings, weapons, ornaments and many more. Apart from this the major attraction are the two huge silver water urns that hold the world record for being the biggest silver objects in the whole wide world. The museum is divided into different parts like the textile museum, arms museum, art museum and others.
Where: City Palace Jaipur
Timings – 9.30Am – 5PM
Crystal Gallery, also known as Fateh Prakash Palace Museum is known for its rare crystal private collection. Ordered by Maharana Sajjan Singh (1874-84) from F&C Osler & Co in England in 1877, the items stay packed and untouched ( for 110 years) as the maharana died before their arrival. The exquisite collection has crystal chairs, sofas, tables and even beds.
Where: Crystal Museum, Udaipur
Timings – 9AM – 7PM
Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum
An architectural marvel, the Umaid Bhawan Museum is located in a portion of the Umaid Bhawan Palace. The place has an exquisite collection of weapons, antique clocks, beautiful priceless crockery, hunting trophies and other valuables.
Where: Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum, Jodhpur
Timings – 10AM – 4.30PM
Vintage Collection of Classic Car Museum
Udaipur is adorned by many major attractions and Vintage Collection of Classic Car Museum is surely one of them. The museum houses some of the most exquisite vintage cars. There are several cars of the maharanas of Mewar from the past and present. All the cars in here are in working condition. The museum houses classic cars like rare grand limousines, Rolls Royce, rare Mercedes model, 1939 Cadillac, 1937 Opel models, 1936 Vauxhall, and more.
Where: Vitage Collection of Classic Car Museum, Udaipur
Timings – 9AM – 8PM
Bagore Ki Haveli
Housing at the heart of the city, Bagore-Ki-Haveli, is an 18th-century Rajput masterpiece. Constructed by the then chief minister of Mewar, the place is beautifully designed by the craftsmen that showcase the art of that era in the most stunning manner. The place has glassworks and paintings and has around 138 rooms that highlight carved work and excellent glass work.
Where: Bagore Ki Haveli, Udaipur
Timing – 10AM – 6.30PM
City Palace Museum, Udaipur
Situated on the banks of Lake Pichola, the City Palace Museum has a vast variety of artefacts and armours. Moti Mahal mirror work, Mor chowk and peacock mosaics are one of the biggest attractions that attract a big chunk of tourists in the city.
Where: City Palace Udaipur
Timing – 9.30PM – 5.30PM