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Central Museum Jaipur

About Central Museum
Vital Information for Visitors
Address:

Central Museum (Albert Hall Museum), Ram Niwas Garden, Adarsh Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Open & Close:

Open on all days : 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Entry Fees:

INR 30 – for Indians

INR 30 – for Foreigners

Duration:

Approx 1-2 Hours

Significance:

Heritage Building

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The Central Museum in Jaipur, popularly known as Albert Hall, is located at the south end of Ram Niwas Garden. This public garden, spread over an area of seventy acres, has been extended with zoological and ornithological wings. Ram Singh II employed Dr De Fabeek to landscape and lay out the Ram Niwas Garden, in which the Central Museum stands. For those with a desire to see yet more animals, there is a small zoo on the west side of the garden. Albert Hall is a prime tourist attraction of Jaipur and is visited by most of the tourists as a must-see destination. It exhibits a vast collection of metal-ware, ivory carving, jewelry, textile, and pottery in addition to sculptures and paintings from all parts of Rajasthan. The foundation stone of the Albert Hall was laid in 1876 by King Albert Edward (Prince of Wales). The Prince of Wales christened the building after his deceased father, Prince Albert. The building Albert Hall, since 1887, has housed the museum and, in a separate wing, the Durbar Hall. The building, designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, indicates that architectural niceties were inclined more towards functionality rather than appearance.

Externally, the decorative features of the Albert Hall are primarily Indo-Saracenic but, internally, the European Gothic Revival dominates. Albert Hall is home to a splendid collection of Jaipur glazed pottery. As per the historical evidences, the art & craft of Jaipur glazed pottery was introduced in the eighteenth century and died out. But the craft has now been revived and Jaipur glazed pottery are being manufactured once again. A phad (folding screen), 30 feet (9 meter) long and 5 feet (2 meter) high, has been described as a portable novel. It relates the tale of Pabuji Ramadeo and his 'magic man' Kesa Kali. While in Rajasthan, most visitors staying at the larger hotels will see stylized marionette (kathputli) performances (puppet shows) based on ancient legends. There is a splendid collection of puppets in Rajput costumes displayed in this museum; each specimen has a face of wood, while the body, always legless, may be made either of wood or cloth. A carving and a terracotta depicting, respectively, a lady and a gentleman wearing turbans,, date from the second century BC, indicative of the long period during which this headwear has been worn by Rajput.

On the upper floor, miniature paintings from Jaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Kota are displayed. More surprising is a model of an ancient Egyptian camp and an Egyptian mummy. Another tableau depicts the execution of a Rajput by the British. Carpet manufacturing has been ages old craft in India. But silk carpets used to be imported by the royal families in India. The Durbar Hall, reached by leaving the Central Museum and in accompaniment of an attendant, accommodated a Carpet Museum. Outstanding is an enormous carpet, one of India's most spectacular but made in Persia in 1632. Entirely woven from silk, scenes from a Persian garden are depicted; fish can be seen in the irrigation canals, which are flanked, as was usual, by fruit trees, not the cypresses which have gradually replaced them in India's surviving Mogul gardens.

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