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Best Museums in Rajasthan

By Siji Ram

Rajasthan is a land of royalty. It takes you to its glorious past with its bewitching palaces and forts. The state also has a number of museums that preserve artefacts from its history that helps us visit the royal times of the place.

Several of the stunning palaces are heritage hotels and museums today. Let us have a look at some of the best museums in Rajasthan that you can visit on your journey to this mesmerising land of royals.

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Ahar Archaeological Museum

Located around 3km from Udaipur city, Ahar Archaeological Museum is one of the must visit museums of Rajasthan. Known for its architectural magnificence and sculptural brillinace that dates back to 1700BC, the museum is also of historical importance. You can find around 19 cenotaphs here where the Maharanas were cremated, and several figures belonging to the past that are worth exploring. A 10th century figure of Buddha and the rare collection of earthen pottery are among the unique pieces at the museum.

Ajmer Government Museum

Ajmer Government Museum holds a collection of 652 sculptures, 3986 coins, 149 miniature paintings, 84 inscriptions, several metallic objects, teracottas, pieces of art and other items that belong to the past of the place. Also called as 'Magazine', the museum is inside the historical fort of Akbar that belongs to the 16th century.

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Albert Hall Museum

Albert Hall Museum is located in Jaipur, and is a visual treat. It is also the oldest museum of the state, and functions as the State museum of Rajasthan. The museum is one of the finest examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Also called as the Government Central Museum, it has a collection of artefacts like paintings, ivory, statues, metal sculptures, carpets and several works in crystal.

Alwar Government Museum

The museum holds a collection of items that belonged to the royal family that lived here. Many beautiful sculptures, metal objects, inscriptions, coins, paintings and manuscripts are some of the highlights of the museum. You can also know more about the royal family's interest in arts as there are many musical instruments and pieces of art that adorn the museum.

Amer (Jaipur) Archaeological Museum

Located in Dil-e-Aaram garden in Jaipur, the museum has a collection of excavations from various places like Nagar, Bairat, Sambhar and Rairth. You can also find many sculptures and epigraphs found from several sites in Jaipur.

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Mehrangarh Fort Museum

The Mehrangarh Fort Museum is one of its kind in Rajasthan. The exhibits here include Paintings, costumes, arms and other items belonging to the royal past of the place.

Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing

Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing is a collection of historical and contemporary textiles that are worth a visit. It also throws a light to the future of hand printing. Visit this amazing gallery to know more about the rich heritage of the place.

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