Jaipur is one of the royal destinations in Rajasthan that is worth an explore. From forts and palaces, the Pink City has many specimens that take us to its glorious past. Let us visit the Albert Hall Museum, one of the tourist attractions in the city.
The Albert Hall Museum, also known as the Central Museum, was built by Maharaja Ram Singh II to welcome King Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales, to India. The museum is also named after the prince.
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Architecture of Albert Hall Museum
Maharaja Ram Singh II had planned to build a town hall, but later, his successor Madho Singh II decided that the structure should be a museum. The Albert Hall is designed by the British architect Samuel Swinton Jacob. The building is built using Indo-Saracenic architecture combining the intricacies of the Islamic architecture and the Neo-gothic style.
The Albert Hall Museum has collections of metal art, pottery, arms & armour, marble art, miniature paintings and jewellery. The gallery also has a rich collection of International pieces that include 19th century Japanese dolls, swords and bronzes, other masterpieces from Iran, Turkey, Britain and Japan.
The Coins Gallery of the museum has punch-marked coins dated back to 6th century B.C. and several silver and copper coins dated back to various periods of history. The coins include Mughal coins, British India coins and Indian State coins among the rest.
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Mehndi Mandana is a unique gallery of the museum that showcases the henna body art that is typical to Rajasthan. The Rajasthani motifs and other designs are highly valued around the world for its ethnicity and uniqueness.
Another interesting part of the museum is the Durbar Hall that has the largest floor covering in the world. The carpet is believed to be the oldest and among the finest carpets across the world.
Opening Hours: 9.30am to 4.30pm on all days except on Holi
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Tourist Places Around Albert Hall
The other places of interest close to the museum include Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh Fort and Birla Mandir along with other attractions.
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Take a trip to the majestic land of Jaipur and witness the true ethnic beauty of the place, along with a visit to a royal past that is evident in each of the masterpieces you see here!