Vadodara which is also called Baroda is renowned as the garden city of Gujarat. This beautiful city has derived its name from the abundance of banyan trees. In yester years, it had once served as the capital of the royal Gaekwad Family. Today, this stunning city takes pride in its attractive palaces, parks, temples, and museums which are counted among the most sought after tourist attractions in Vadodara. However of all the different types of attractions the ones that play significant role in drawing tourist attention to the fullest extent are museums in Vadodara. The best of all the museums is Baroda Museum and Art Gallery in Vadodara.
Vadodara Baroda Museum and Art Gallery exhibits a rich collection of artifacts. This collection comprises of Indian sculptures, ancient manuscripts and Egyptian antiquities. In the art gallery of this museum Mughal miniatures and works of great European masters are put on display.
History of Baroda Museum and Art Gallery, Vadodara
Baroda Museum and Art Gallery in Vadodara was established by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1887. The construction of this museum building was put into completion in the year 1894. However the construction of the art gallery took place in 1908. Its construction work finished in 1914. But this gallery was not opened to public until 1921. It is said that the delay in the transfer of the pieces from Europe due to First World War caused in its late opening.
Description of Baroda Museum and Art Gallery, Vadodara
Built in 1894, Vadodara Baroda Museum and Art Gallery is designed on the architectural patterns of Victoria & Albert and Science Museums of London. This museum was designed by Major Mant in association with R.F. Chisholm. It is held that R.F. Chisholm refined some of Mant's finest works to create authentic Indo-Sarcenic architecture.
At Baroda Museum and Art Gallery in Vadodara you will come across the fine collection of art, sculpture, ethnography and ethnology. The main attraction of this museum is Egyptian mummy and skeleton of a blue whale. This apart, you will also be amazed at the sight of the noted Akota bronzes of the 5th Century AD, A collection of Mughal miniatures, a fully packed gallery of Tibetan Art and oils by several European masters. Besides, at the Art Gallery you will also be seeing numerous original paintings and masterpieces. The ones that draw attention to the maximum is the collection of originals by celebrated British painters Turner and constable.