World’s first Silver Museum in Udaipur

Udaipur is popularly known as the  city of lakes’ and endearingly called the ‘Venice of East’, is a rich and unique repository of architectural and tangible heritage of not just Rajasthan and India but also of the world.

Adding more charm to Udaipur comes the world’s first silver museum that showcases the best silver exhibits  from royal family. Silver is held sacred in traditional Hindu beliefs, which associates the beautiful white metal with cool moon, surpassed only in importance by warm gold. The selection of unique items included in the silver gallery reflects the artistry of  silversmith and the beauty of this precious metal.

Udaipur's Silver Museum

Unveiled by Arvind Singh Mewar, Chairman & Managing Trustee of Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) and 76th Custodian of the House of Mewar, the silver museum is filled with family heirlooms dating back to 743 AD.

Udaipur's Silver Museum

The works on display illustrate the result of  age-old historical associations between the House of Mewar and both Rajput courts and Mughal establishment, as well as showcasing indigenous artisan techniques.

The nostalgic exhibit is displayed at the renowned Amar Mahal, which is located at the entrance of Zenana Mahal of City palace and said to be an inspiration for the Taj Mahal in Agra.

The wedding mandap where His Majesty gave away his daughter two years ago.

The wedding mandap where His Majesty gave away his daughter two years ago.

One of the exhibits at the museum: Traditional royal transport accessory like the haudah used for mounting elephants in religious, state and military processions.

One of the exhibits at the museum: Traditional royal transport accessory like the haudah used for mounting elephants in religious, state and military processions.

Immerse yourself in the history of the Maharanas of Mewar, and get the feel of their culture and how they lived. 

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Take a tour to the Museums of Rajasthan

Museums can be a great way of peeking into the history of a place and culture as each artifact has some interesting tale. The museums in Rajasthan can get you a clear understanding of the rich and diverse culture, traditions, arts, history, crafts and other notable features of the state.

Let’s take  a trip to the famous museums of Rajasthan that form an intrinsic part of the tourist attractions of Rajasthan.

 Albert Hall, Jaipur

located in the gardens of Ram Niwas Bagh in Jaipur and is believed to be the oldest in the state. Colonel Sir Swinton Jacob designed the museum in 1876 to welcome King Edward VII on his visit to India. The museum was opened to public ten years later. The rare articles on display are metal and wood crafts, pottery, arms and weapons, textiles, carpets, paintings of flora and fauna of the state, toys, and dolls.

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Maharaja Sawai Mansingh Museum, City Palace, Jaipur

Located within the City Palace complex, the museum is the brainchild of Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II and houses ancestral collections of successive rulers of Amer and Jaipur. Initially, only selective visitors and dignitaries could visit this museum with prior permission. In 1959 this private museum was opened to the public.

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MehranGarh Fort Museum, Jodhpur

The magnificent Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur houses rare and interesting artifacts, textiles, paintings and transport items. The beautiful Palanquin and Howdah Galleries have some of the most captivating historic items that are both old and expensive, on display.

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Government Museum, Ajmer

Akbar built this imposing palace in 1570 – partly as a pleasure retreat, but mainly to keep a watchful eye on local rulers. It was here, on 10 January, 1616, that Sir Thomas Roe, ambassador of King James 1 of England, was given the first official audience by the Emperor Jehangir. Akbar’s Palace houses the government museum, which has a small collection of stone sculptures, weapons and miniature paintings.

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 Government Museum, Jodhpur

Located in Umaid Public gardens of Jodhpur, the museum has a huge collection of artifacts that reveal the rich history of the region. It was during the reign of Maharaja Umed Signhji, the beautiful museum was built. The museum also boasts a great architecture and the credit goes to Edwardian architect, Henry Vaughan Lanchester.

The various exhibits of the museum include textiles, miniature portraits, weapons, local crafts and images of Jain Tirthankars. The collection also consists of stuffed animals. Stuffed animals like birds are kept in glass cases. A separate military section, which displays wooden biplane models and an excellent brass battleship, is also well appreciated.

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Prachina Museum, Junagarh Fort, Bikaner

With a vision to preserve rich cultural diversity and to showcase monolithic identity of Bikaner, this Cultural Center and Museum was established by Siddhi Kumari daughter of Late Maharaja Narendra Singhji of Bikaner in 2000, at the beginning of the new millennium. Located in the great Junagarh Fort, it reflects the vivid glimpses of legacy that survived in the contemporary past.

Prachina Museum

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