History- This museum was designed by Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob in 1876 for the purpose of greeting King Edward VII, Prince of Wales on his visit to India.
After ten years, it was opened to the public. Since 1969, the galleries on the ground floor of the museum have been thoroughly rebuilt and remodeled.
Displays- Thus museum exhibits a rare collection of ancient stuffs including miniature paintings, carpets, metal and wood crafts, toys, dolls, arms and weapons and an Egyptian mummy belonging to the Ptolemaic Era. The most extraordinary of them is the carpet that depicts the scene of a Persian garden with gushing streams. This carpet was bought by Mirza Raja Jai Singh I at a dear price from Shah Abbas of Persia.
The galleries on the ground floor of the museum display various jewelry and dresses that belong to the people of all sections of the society of Rajasthan.
One gallery of this museum is dedicated entirely to the illustrious henna body art of Rajasthan art and this gallery is known as 'Mehndi Mandana'. This gallery exhibits the typical Rajasthani patterns and motifs that are uniquely considered as ethnic throughout the world.
Another gallery displays the puppets and the Phad paintings (portraiture of the life of a folk hero of Marwar -Pabuji Rathore in painted scrolls).
However the central gallery exhibits the Rajasthani music and dance forms, which is a must see in the museum.
Timings- It is open from Saturday to Thursday and closed on Friday.
Last Updated on 17 October 2012