Erected in the year 1861 under the reign of Krishnaraja Wodeyar, Jaganmohan palace lies westwards of Mysore Palace. When Mysore palace was damaged in fire, this palace was built as royal residence and the royal family stayed here till 1897. A part of it has now been turned into a museum and is known as Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery cum museum.
A must-visit for all art connoisseurs, it was founded way back in the year 1915. Later, in 1955, on the name of Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, it was renamed as the Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. Artwork and artefacts from all over Southern India can be seen on display here. The entry gate is no less regal, it has wonderful delicate carvings.
The art gallery is also the proud owner of the original oil paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, based on different mythological events. Another attraction here the artwork ‘Lady With The Lamp’ by S.G. Heldnker, a popular Indian artist. The paintings here are over 2000 and belong to different styles of paintings such as Shantiniketan, Mughal, and Mysore.
Glass, metal and ceramic artefacts, musical instruments, weapons, old coins and currencies, sculptures are also exhibited here. Special engravings and unique clocks from China and Japan are a special addition. The collection at Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery also includes of a musical calendar from France, several toys and religious bells from Nepal.
The palace complex also comprises of an auditorium, used for musical festivals, traditional dance performances, and similar other cultural programs mostly at the time of Mysore Dasara.
Entry Fee- Adult- INR 120
Child- INR 60
Opening hours- 8.30 AM – 5: 00 PM