On World Museum Day today, let us tell you a little story about the oldest museum of Rajasthan which is also the state museum – Albert hall. Along with the story, we will take you through some different kinds of pictures of Albert Hall, Jaipur clicked in its different moods 🙂
When the foundation stone of Albert Hall was laid during the visit of the Prince of Wales, to Jaipur in 1876, it had yet to be determined what use it would be put to. Finally in 1880, Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II approved a suggestion by Dr. Thomas Holbein Hendley, Resident Surgeon (whose interests extended beyond his medical responsibilities) to open a museum of Industrial Arts to display products of local craftsmen.
Albert Hall was completed in 1887 by the architect and director of Jaipur PWD – Samuel Swinton.
Its Indo-Saracenic architecture and stone ornamentation, became a source of reference for varied classical Indian styles of design from Mughal to Rajput.
It is named after King Edward VII (Albert Edward), during whose visit to the city as the Prince of Wales, its foundation stone was laid on 6 February 1876.
- Night at the Museum
Also called the Government Central Museum, Albert Hall Museum opened for Night tourism in 2015 and has been seeing a rise in visitors ever since. It also hosts a lot of musical concerts and events attracting a huge crowd.
- A Peaceful sight
However, the most amazing sight of Albert Hall Museum is when a large kit of pigeons rests here, feed on their food and fly away giving an unforgettable picturesque view !!