Dogra Art Gallery lures each and every visitor with its unique collection of paintings. Located in the Pink Hall of the Mubarak Mandi Palace Complex, this art museum is a rich repository that displays rare paintings possessing immense artistic value.
More than 800 paintings belonging to different schools of art have found their place in this exquisite collection at the Dogra Art Gallery. The various schools whose paintings have found a proud place in this treasure trove are Basohli, Jammu and Kangra. These charming miniature paintings are indeed priceless. They are not merely a treat to the eye but also provide valuable insight into the way of living of the people. A lot is revealed about them. It would be no exaggeration to say that each picture has a story to narrate for the insightful observer.
Other than paintings, there are various other objects in the Dogra Art Gallery as well. These exhibited artifacts are also very interesting and appealing. They include exquisite sculptures, terracotta figures and heads of terracotta figures that date back to the 16th century.
A Bull torso which was excavated from Babor, a small hamlet in the outskirts of Jammu city also finds it place in the Dogra Art Museum. It is believed to belong to the 10th century.
Amongst the other precious possessions in Dogra Art Gallery, the gold plated bow and arrow of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan deserves a special mention. Valuable hand written Persian manuscripts of Shahnama and Sikandarnama also features in the list. Inscriptions on a stone plate written in the Taki script can also be sighted when you visit the Dogra Art Gallery. Carpentry tools are an important part of the exhibit.
The Dogra Art Gallery is open in the winters for along time from 10.30 in the morning to 4.30 in the evening. During summers, the museum is open from 8'o clock in the morning to 1.30 in the afternoon. It remains closed on Mondays.