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Albert Hall - Jaipur

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Albert Hall is the oldest museum of Rajasthan and functions as the State museum of Rajasthan. It is located in Ram Niwas Garden outside the city wall of Jaipur on the other side of the New gate. This museum displays a large collection of ivory, jewellery, musical instruments, statues of Gods and Goddesses, carpets, Bikaner Pottery, Jaipur Pottery, Miniature painting gallery, carpets, crystal works, sculptures of metal, this museum is a perfect example of Indo-Saracenic architecture.

In the beginning Maharaja Ram Singh like to convert this building into a town hall, but his heir, Madho Singh II, want to covert this building into a museum for the art of Jaipur and included as part of the new Ram Nivas Garden. The design of the museum was laid by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob. In 1887 this museum was opened to public. Since 1959, the galleries on the ground floor of the museum have been modernized and renovated. The jewellery and dresses of all the tribes and classes of Rajasthani people including the honored class that mostly consists of merchant and Rajputs are also exhibited inside the museum which are very unique. These encompass the lifestyle of the tribals such as Bhils, Gadoliya Lohars, Bhopas, Meenas, and many more. One gallery has also been committed to the henna body art of Rajasthan commonly Known as  'Mehndi Mandana', which displays classic Rajasthani designs and patterns which are well-known all over the world.

Other gallery of the museum exhibits a collection paintings of Phad and Puppets  (Manuscripts of paintings clearly represents the life of pabuji Rathore, who was a great folk-hero from Marwar). It is named after King Edward VII (Albert Edward), during his visit to Jaipur as Prince of Wales, the foundation of the museum was laid on 6 February 1876. The Albert Hall Museum called as Central Museum is located in the Ram Niwas Garden.Ram Niwas Garden is located outside the city wall which is located opposite to the New Gate in Jaipur. It is one of the oldest museum of Jaipur. This museum was founded by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II in 1868, at the time when King Edward the Prince of Wales visited India.

Albert hall contains Indo saracenic type of architecture and is designed same as the Victoria and Albert museum which is situated in London. The building and the assortment beholds the beauty of the sight along with the pillars. The courtyards and the arches of the museum are worth seeing. This Albert museum was built in the 19th century. This museum amazingly contains 19,000 historic objects and has various collections like metal ware, ivory work, lacquer work, jewelry, textiles, pottery carved wooden objects, arms and weapons, clay models , sculptures, educational, scientific and zoological objects, tribal costumes, ceramics, oil and miniature paintings, inlay work, musical instruments, clocks and marble statues.

The foundation of the museum was laid by Colonel Sir Swinton in 1876 to welcome King Edward VII as Prince of Wales on his visit to India. After 10 years from the designing of the museum it was opened to the public. The museum also has a collection of rare articles on its display which includes metal and wood crafts, weapons and arms, flora and fauna of the state, carpets. One of the most prominent exhibits of this museum is Egyptian mummy.

In the museum there is also a scene of a Persian garden Carpet with running water streams, one of the famous carpet is inside the museum. Mirza Raja Jai Singh bought it from Shah Abbas of Persia. The central museum is the most visited destination by tourists from all over. It is well-known for its huge and exclusive collection. Tourists are also attracted to this museum due to Egyptian Mummy. A part of the museum is also known as Darbar Hall which has the largest covering on floors in the world. It is the oldest and finest identified carpet.

   
   
   
 

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