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The Albert Hall in Jaipur is converted into the Central Museum that treasures magnificent art and culture of Rajasthan, India. Albert Hall houses an exquisite collection of metal-ware, miniature portraits, sculptures, paintings, an Egyptian mummy- an history specimen, all forming an integral part of Jaipur tourism.

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Albert Hall Jaipur


¤ Albert Hall (Central Museum)

Albert Hall, Jaipur

Location :Central Museum or the Albert Hall lies in the Ram Niwas Garden. It is a vast and verdant garden housing a zoo, a greenhouse, an aviary, a museum and a sports ground. Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II built it in 1868 as a relief project for his famine struck subjects. The zoo has a very depressing atmosphere as badly nourished bird and animals have to survive here in their artificial homes with no sympathy or medical care.



¤ Indo-Saracenic Style of Architecture

The Albert Hall has been modelled on the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and is afine exampleof Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. The hall was named after Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria’s husband. Albert’s son the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) laid the foundation stone in 1876. It was designed and devised by Colonel Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob (1841-1917).


¤ Museum

The Albert Hall has been converted into the Central Museum which proudly displays Rajasthan’s art and culture and outlines the Rajput morality with these lines: "A Rajput puts his life at risk if he is forced to abjure his faith, if he is deprived of his lands, and if his womenfolk are molested." It now houses an exquisite collection of metalware, decorative wares,iniature portraits, sculptures, paintings,natural history specimen, an Egyptian mummyamong various other objet d’ art. Rajasthani village life is also displayed through costumes, pottery, brassware and woodwork. The Durbar Hall, usually locked, houses several stunning carpets including the magnificent Persian Garden Carpet, one of India’s finest art treasures. It was made in Kerman, Persia in 1632 and represented the garden of paradise based on a quadrangular design.


¤ The Garden of Paradise

The garden of paradise has come alive with fish, birds, animals and trees. Sculptures worth research include a tiny turbanned lady of the 2nd century BC, a stone Shiva head of the 8th century and 18th century wooden figures from a chariot of the former Banswara state. The museum also has some melancholic specimens on display like a horse skeleton, a human skeleton, and a stuffed cobra. Sometime back the Ravindra Manch with an auditorium, a modern gallery and an open-air theatre has been added to the museum to promote cultural events.

Visiting Hours : 0930-1630 Hrs. , Entry on Monday and closed on Fridays



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