Rajasthan is a tourist destination that is most famous for its desert. However, there are a number of other attractions found in this part of the world. These attractions are equally attractive and are a major draw for the tourists. The historical significance of the place is also a great attraction for the tourists. In fact, tourists who had enjoyed the beauty of the desert in Rajasthan previously come back to the place because of this historical significance. The best way to get close to the rich history of the place is to visit the various museums in Rajasthan. Most of these museums in the state are worthy enough to visit. The wide collection of exhibits in these museums provides you a clear picture of the rich history and culture of Rajasthan. There are a large number of museums across Rajasthan. Alwar also has its share of these museums. The Alwar Government Museum is one of the most visited museums in Rajasthan. Having a rich collection of arts and artifacts, the museum is a must visit during an Alwar tour.
Nestled within the Vinay Vilas Mahal in Alwar, the Alwar Government Museum reflects the cultural heritage of Rajasthan. The multi-purpose museum dates back to 1908, when it was established. The museum has some of the most significant arts and artifacts that give you a clear picture of the splendor and grandeur of the royal era of Rajasthan. There had been a lot of addition to the collection of the museum since its establishment. During its last 100 years of existence, the museum has grown in stature. It has developed a unique appeal which appeals not only to domestic tourists but also to a large number of international tourists.
Collection of the museum
A lot has been talked about the wide variety of collection of the museum. Now let's have a detailed look of the various collections of the museum. The Alwar Government Museum possesses three different sections. Each of the sections comprises of a large hall. However, among these various sections, you must visit the second section. It is considered to be the most important section. The section contains Urdu, Arabic, Sanskrit and Persian manuscripts. In fact, rare Persian documents like the Bostan (the Garden of Spring), Waqiat-e-Babri (Mughal Emperor Babar's autobiography) and Gulistan of S'adi (the Garden of roses) are found in this museum. It also has a large number of beautiful paintings that has its origin in the Mughal and Rajput school of painting. Moreover, the paintings are subdivided into sub styles. These paintings help you to get an idea about the artistic skills of the painters of the 18th and 19th century.
The first section of the Government Museum in Alwar is also worthy visiting. This section is famous for archaeological finds. The section also has a large collection of sculptures and important inscriptions. The collection of skins of the tigers, lions and leopards are also a part of the exhibits of the museum. These exhibits of the museum reflect the practice of shooting excursions for the royal families of Rajasthan.
The Alwar Government Museum also has a rich collection of armory. It includes rifles, daggers, swords, pistols, shields and rifles. The copy of Mahabharata painted by Alwar School of painters is also a major attraction for tourists. Other objects exhibited in the museum include bidri work, pottery and brass works, musical instruments from various parts like Ceylon, Multan, Jaipur and Bengal.
When to visit the Alwar Government Museum
You should plan your visit to the museum from 10:00 am to 04:30 pm during any day of the week except Fridays as it remains closed on that day of the week. The museum also remains close on gazetted holidays.