Governtment Central Museum, Jaipur

Governtment Central Museum or Albert Hall is located in Jaipur, Rajasthan and is situated within the Ram Niwas Garden, which is the oldest Museum in the state. It is constructed in 1876, when King Edward VII, the Prince of Wales has visited India and it is designed by Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob. In 1886, it was opened to public.

This Albert Hall has many sections of ivory work, metal ware, lacquer work, textiles, carved wooden objects, jewellery, pottery, arms and weapons, sculptures, clay models, educational, zoological and scientific objects, ceramics, tribal costumes, oil and miniature paintings, musical instruments, inlay work, clocks, marble statues. There is also a large collection of miniatures from the Kota, Bundi, Kishangarh, Udaipur and Jaipur schools of painting; ceremonial robes worn by queens and kings and samples of wood block printing in the textile section.

From 1959 onwards, many galleries along the museum’s ground floor were completely renovated and reorganized. The central gallery stands for the musical section of Jaipur. Original musical instrument, folk and classical are displayed in their functional positions.

Specimens involve typical folk instruments such as Kama, Masak, Yacha, Madal, Dadh, Khanjari, Alogoja, Bankia, Satari, Pungi, Iktara etc. The dances illustrated in the gallery involve classical ones such as kathak for which Jaipur Gharana is famous and famous folk dances as Ghoomar Holi, Dandia etc. festivals and ceremonies (like marriage) are also dioramized in a lively manner.

So, if you want to see the folk instruments, weapons, dress and all used in older days then you must visit Governtment Central Museum in Jaipur between 10.00 A.M. to 4.30 P.M.

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