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These Museums tells the lore of Jaipur’s Yore!

INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY

Every year 18th May is celebrated as International Museum Day. Each year a theme is chosen, and this year the theme is ‘Cultural Hubs: The Future of Traditions’. And we all know, Rajasthan and culture go hand-in-hand. The museums in Jaipur bring history to life and contributes significantly to a tourists’ experience of visiting the city.

Jaipur, the chromatic city it is, has numerous museums expressing heritage, culture and eminent lifestyle of maharajas. Amongst them are Albert Hall Museum, City Palace’s MSMSII, Doll Museum, etc. Apart from these world-famous ones, a few new museums have come up in the Pink City that carry the heritage of different art forms in their shelves, which many of you might not be aware of, but fret not cause we’ve got your back. Read till the end if you don’t want to miss on any of these.

City Palace Museum

 

Albert Hall Museum

The oldest museum of Rajasthan dating back to 1887. The building is situated in Ram Niwas Garden outside the city wall opposite the new gate. Designed by Samuel Jacob, assisted by Mir Tujumool Hoosein and named after King Edward VII, the museum has a rich collection of artefacts including paintings, jewellery, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, and works of crystal. The collection includes coins from the Gupta, Kushan, Delhi Sultanate, Mughal and British period.

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The museum is open Wednesday-Monday (Tuesdays closed) from 09:00 a.m. – 05:30 p.m. and then reopens 07:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Today, on the occasion of World Museum Day, tourists will get free entry to the Albert Hall Museum. There will also be a traditional welcome for them. In the evening from 7.30 to 9.00 pm, a cultural evening will also be held.  The entry to the programme and the museum will be free of cost in the evening as well.

The City Palace Museum

City Palace, the gem in the crown of Jaipur was established at the same time as Jaipur by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. City Palace comprises of several courtyards and galleries. The galleries of the museum are a quintuple with Sabha Niwas, the main hall of the audience which is a chromatic and opulent mix of serene paintings, military medals and polo trophies, murals and chandeliers.

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Next in the line is the Textile Gallery on the ground floor of the Mubarak Mahal, displaying various kinds of textiles and fabrics and a rare pashmina carpet from 1650. Sileh Khana is the armour gallery showcasing multiple arms used by the Kachhwaha Rajputs of Jaipur and Amber. Painting and Photography Gallery exhibits art from the eighteenth- and nineteenth century.  Lastly, the Transport Gallery features pre-motorized transports from the era of maharajas.

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City Palace Museum is open throughout the week from 09:30 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.

 

Doll Museum

Museums have always been a boredom time for most of the people but this one will be on your lists of favourite be you’re a kid or an adult. Doll Museum is a significant tourist destination, with dolls from various parts of India expressing the culture of its diverse states in different attires and accessories.

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One can also find dolls from other parts of the world like Germany, Mexico, America, Sweden, Afghanistan, Britain and many more. The museum is located 4 km outside the walled city, opposite the new gate and can be easily reached via buses, e-rickshaws or cab services.

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The museum is open Wednesday-Monday (Tuesdays closed) from 09:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.


Jaipur Wax Museum

Jaipur Wax Museum is located at Nahargarh Fort, which is built at the highest point of the Aravalli Hills. The wax museum entails some of the exquisite life-like wax statues of celebrities and members of the royal family designed by highly skilled local artisans.

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Apart from the wax statues a section of the fort has been exclusively renovated into Sheesh Mahal, which comprises of 2.5 million of glass pieces of diverse colours and floral motif made out of 23-carat real gold, blends of gems and jewellery along with a vibrant chandelier hanging from the ceiling. Do visit if you want to experience yesteryear of Rajasthan’s glorious heritage.

Wax Museum is open throughout the week from 10:00 a.m. – 06:30 p.m.

Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing

Anokhi Museum of hand printing, dedicated to the art of block printing, is situated at the restored Chanwar Palkiwon Ki Haveli in the shadow of Amber Fort, down the street of Amber. The museum has won a UNESCO award for ‘Cultural Heritage Conservation’ in 2000. Anokhi Museum orates the sensitive state of the block printing industry facing a serious struggle in today’s modern era of consumerism, through the edification of a variety of programmes for backpackers of every age. Anokhi is continuously working towards the education and awareness of hand block printing for its visitors where the visitors are given a block-printing demonstration to sensitize the people towards this receding art.

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If you are an eager art-lover and yearn to learn about the craft of it, then a visit is quintessential. Anokhi is open on Tuesday-Saturday (Mondays closed) 10:30 a.m. – 05:00 p.m. and on Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 04:30 p.m.

Rajasthan Rural Arts Program (RRAP) Music Museum & Hub 

We all love melodious, vibrant and energetic Rajasthani music. The RRAP Music Museum and Hub is all about that unique, quirky and eccentric vibe. The museum is dedicated to promoting, disseminating, conserving, and repositioning the folk music traditions of Rajasthan.

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The museum through its exhibitions, outreach programs, residencies, workshops, and diverse events, provides visitors with a gateway to the many different folk music cultures of Rajasthan. Jaipur’s only folk music museum is a new edition and a must visit for all the music enthusiasts, where you can witness the words and sounds passed through generations of our rural communities, meet the musicians still playing today, and see their remarkable handmade instruments expertly crafted from traditional knowledge.

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Location-Krishna Marg, C-Scheme, Jaipur.

The museum is open on Wednesday-Monday from 11:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.

Extended hours on Saturday till 08:00 p.m.

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Celebrate International Museum Day at RRAP Music Museum and Hub, Jaipur, with free admission and free guided tours.  Come learn of the past, present and future of our living musical Rajasthani traditions.

Museum of Gem & Jewellery 

Jaipur is known for its fine gem cutting and polishing inclusive of carvings, bead-making and manufacturing of objects d’art. Museum of Gem & Jewellery Jaipur was established in 2015, with the objective to promote trade of gem and jewellery, preserving the valuable objects of historical and national importance and a medium to educate the society about gems and jewellery.

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The museum aims to mark a positive image and earn global goodwill and pride for Rajasthan.

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The beautifully handcrafted crown was used in the film Taj Mahal by actress Negar Khan which is now gifted to the museum

It is located at the Rajasthan Chamber Bhawan, MI Road and is open throughout the week from 10:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.

Amrapali Museum Jaipur

Amrapali is a globally renowned, coveted luxury jewellery brand. The heritage jewellery house launched its very own museum in Jaipur, showcasing the breathtaking collection which is unique by its nature and by the manner it was collected. Amrapali Museum Jaipur aims to display traditional silver jewelled arts of India reflecting the ‘everyday’ life of the people of India and holds about 4000 astounding artefacts collected from all over the country.

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Their collection is larger than life and will make you run out of words. The eye-candy of museums is located at the Ashok Marg, C-Scheme, Jaipur, and is open for the visitors on all days of the week from 11:00 a.m. – 06:30 p.m.

Gyan Museum, Jaipur

Established in 2015, Gyan museum is a signature design by Paul Mathieu, showcasing the assemblage of the naturalist, collector and gemologist Late Mr Gyan Chand who was a patron collector of the cultural genre.

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Gyan Museum depicts a cultural heritage of about 3000 years and has in possession over 2500 work of executive art both of Indian and Foreign origin. It holds articles like textiles, metal art, gorgeous antique jewellery and vintage paintings from the 17th century – rarest. So all the aesthetes get out of your house and visit this place, this museum day. Gyan Museum is open on Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.

Sanjay Museum, Jaipur

A father loves his child, the story of Sanjay Museum is an example of a father’s love for his son. Dating back to1954 when the Founder Chairman Ram Kripalu Sharma was struggling to get his book published but couldn’t do so for the want of resources. This led to setting up of ‘Sharma granth Sangrahalaya’. The museum embodies collection, conservation, preservation of art and heritage. Along with that, the museum is home to hundreds of handwritten manuscripts and various antique artefacts.

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Location- Opposite Jal Mahal, the museum is open for the art-lovers and tourists throughout the week from 09:00 a.m. – 05:30 p.m.

Museum of Legacies

Museum of Legacies has opened recently and is situated in the heart of the city (Kishanpole Bazaar). The museum is a four-story building, having five primary galleries. It exclusively exhibits the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan with a diverse collection including textiles, jewellery, stoneware and inlay work, painting and pottery. Apart from these galleries, there is a space dedicated to two larger than life puppets that represent the much-adorned traditional art of Rajasthani puppetry. It’s a must visit for all the art lovers. The museum is open on Tuesday-Sunday (Mondays closed) from 12:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m.
So, which museum you are going to explore today in Jaipur on International Museum Day?

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5 Not To Be Missed Moments At Albert Hall, Jaipur

Our Pink City is a heaven for the history lovers. Surrounded by forts & monuments, a visit to Jaipur opens a gateway to the cultural and archaeological history of our rich Rajputana culture. Albert Hall Museum is definitely one such center, created with an intent to impart knowledge of civilizations, inspiring artisans, and preserving & developing traditional Indian art forms.
Come let’s explore the eye-catching Albert Hall through the lenses of your favourite Jaipur Beat

1.       Eye-catching Facade

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Standing tall in the midst of Ram Niwas gardens, the front face of the Albert Hall is every spectator’s delight. The exterior consisting of domes and archways that add to the beauty of the majestic museum. Rightly personifying the flamboyance of the city, Albert Hall is located right opposite to the New Gate and in the middle of busy streets of Jaipur.

2.       Amusing History

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Named after Albert Edward, Prince of Wales. The museum was designed by Colonel Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob in 1876 to greet the Prince of Wales on his visit to India. The Albert Hall later was converted as a museum of Industrial Arts in the 1880s by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II.

3.       Captivating Artifacts

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The museum is full of rare and tastefully decorated collection of various displayed object, arms, carpets. The main attractions of the museum includes the Persian carpets, coins of different eras, costumes & jewellery of ancient warriors and an Egyptian mummy. In fact, the mummy is the most popular of all the items in the museum, with one of only six in the nation. Placed in a hall with a high ceiling and a sunroof, the Egyptian mummy draws large crowds.

4.       Indo-Mughal Architecture

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Albert Hall Museum inspired by the Hindu-Mughal architectural style is nothing less than impressive! Full of tombs and archways the interior and exterior of the palace is full of beautiful paintings and art forms.
Nowadays, the exterior of the museum is quite popular amongst the couples for the pre-wedding photo shoots too.

5.       Night Tourism


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Supporting the initiative of night tourism, the Albert Hall is now open even during the late evening hours. The spectators can also enjoy the mesmerizing light show wherein the museum is covered in vivid colours which rightly adds to the charm and magic of the Albert Hall Museum.

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6 UNKNOWN FACTS AND UNSEEN PICTURES OF ALBERT HALL MUSEUM, JAIPUR

On Albert Hall Foundation 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 🙂

  1. Dreamy
    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 dreamy
  2. Sunny
    Albert Hall was completed in 1887 by the architect and director of Jaipur PWD – Samuel Swinton. albert blue sky
  3. Thunderous
    Its Indo-Saracenic architecture and stone ornamentation, became a source of reference for varied classical Indian styles of design from Mughal to Rajput.image1 (17)
  4. Busy 
    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.albert vintage
  5. 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.albert-hall-night
  6. 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 !!33 Albert Hall
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8 Places In Jaipur You Must Visit To See Diwali Lighting

Diwali is just 2 days away and we know you are busy with cleaning, shopping, getting houses renovated/painted, or organizing Diwali parties 😉 In this busy schedule of yours, pause for a second and think what makes Diwali so special. New clothes, a nip in the air, the faint smell of crackers, noise and excitement all around, and …lights !! We all light up our houses on Diwali in different ways, but every city has its own way of lighting itself up every year. Among all these cities, Jaipur shines in a way that it feels like it’s truly welcoming Lord Rama after his 14 years of exile and dancing in joy and festivity. So let’s look at few places in Jaipur that you must not miss to see this Diwali 🙂

  1. Johri Bazaar

    Johri bazaar, the market that is famous all over the world for its scintillating jewellery, especially made and found in Jaipur, is seen gleaming with lights on Diwali.

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  2. World Trade Park

    Not a newbie anymore, World Trade Park stands as one of the most posh places in Jaipur to shop, eat, watch movies, hang out and what not. However, it comes as no surprise that WTP wraps itself in the spirits of Diwali in its own elite and glittering way.

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  3. Trimurti Circle

    The circle dedicated to the martyrs of police force, is decorated subtly with flowers and is not to be missed as it is one of the most famous landmarks of pink city.

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  4. Motisons Jewellers

    Having one of the fanciest buildings in Jaipur, Motisons Jewellers leave no stone unturned when it comes to the festival of lights. Just like their gorgeous jewellery and interesting building, their Diwali lighting also stands out and makes a lot of heads turn !

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  5. Amer fort

    Although Amer fort is well lit all year round and stands as a symbol of pride and history in Jaipur, it oozes a different level of aura altogether on Diwali with its yellow sandstone shining brighter and looking like a golden castle in pink city.

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    6. Raja ParkAn always crowded area of Jaipur, because of its versatility as it has the power to provide anything to a person ranging from a basic panipuri to a perfect wedding dress, Raja Park gives the feel of a beaming street lit on the festival of Diwali.

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    7. Albert Hall Museum

    The State museum of Rajasthan is lit in all the colors that one can only wish to see in a rainbow and even the pigeons that love to rest here are compelled to sit down and admire this exquisite architecture.

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    8. GT Bazaar

    The gem of Malviya Nagar for all the foodies and shopaholics, GT Bazaar is lit up and glowing like a thousand stars are falling from the sky to bless the earth this Diwali.

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    So keep all things aside, and take out some time to soak into the actual essence of Diwali – the festival of lights 🙂

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Jaipur Beat Clicked The Beautiful Pink city As An Exotic Backdrop For People’s Car – Volkswagen

Jaipur is called the pink city, but the truth is that this city is a thriving kaleidoscope of a gazillion colors. A living land beaming with monuments, history, forts, culture, infrastructure & some unexplored exotic locales, Jaipur renders a tale that engulfs every drop of beauty that has ever existed in human history. One such tale is narrated through this series of rare photographs where the German automobile and a paragon of class – Volkswagen, meets the city of royals and an epitome of culture, heritage and pure beauty – Jaipur.

  1. A geeky date with Jaipur –  Albert Hall Museum
    The white Volkswagen Beetle standing in front of the oldest museum of Rajasthan which is also the state museum Albert hall. The inside beauty of this museum is supplemented by the stunning view outside with a kit of pigeons always seen alight or flying around it.

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2. Under the sunset sky beside Mansagar lake
    Mansagar lake – An artificial lake housing the famous Jalmahal Palace in the middle of it, constructed by                 damming the Dharbawati river, is a natural habitat for more than 150 species of local and migratory birds. Volkswagen Vento against the serene backdrop.

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3. Rendezvous with the nostalgic picnic spot – Ramgarh
   Approximately 30 km away from Jaipur city, with the way cocooned by verdant trees on both sides, there lies          Ramgarh dam. A place which once had a sprawling artificial lake and would attract tourists like bees to honey, is    now dry but has managed to resume its freshness by the landscape, greenery and the famous Ramgarh lodge        which people rush to especially during monsoon and winters. Volkswagen Beetle and the great Banyan tree.

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4. Parked beside a Bird’s paradise – Chandlai lake
Still less explored and a poet’s dream during rains, Chandlai lake boasts of having 8000 winter migratory birds       especially flamingos in the month of February. This surreal sight draws bird and nature lovers from all around         the city and tourists as well. Volkswagen GTI in front of Chandlai Lake.

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5. The one at the abode of tigers – Nahargarh Fort
The place where you might have seen the crazy ‘Paathshala’ dancing in Rang De Basanti and a romantic spot        in Shuddh Desi Romance, Nahargarh stays the best hangout place for residents of Jaipur especially in the              evenings.

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6. Cars + Culture + Camel 
The picture speaks for itself 😉
In front of Jalmahal Palace. Volkswagen Ameo and Vento cars and the ship of desert  at the back.

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7. The epitome of development – World Trade Park
    A fantastically developed building with top notch shopping brands, food outlets, kiosks and what not, World Trade park is the best place to visit and to look at when you crave to see the metropolitan side of pink city 🙂

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8. Revisiting the shining history – Amer Fort
     A capital of the state before Jaipur, the fort is a shining gem of the city especially in evenings during the Light & Sound show. When this Volkswagen Ameo was parked against this architectural marvel, this unforgettable sight was created.

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A sincere thanks to Volkswagen and our beautiful, colorful city for letting us have this rare series of photographs to share with you 🙂

Do you want to come visit Jaipur right now ? 😉 Pack your bags !

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Tale of The Albert Hall

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Come forth to hear my tale
I’m the oldest museum in the state
Founded by the royal clan
Aren’t you wondering who I am?

During the times of Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh
My foundation was laid
But it was his son Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh
Who decided my fate

Christened after the Prince of Wales
It’s been 140 years till date
His name was Prince Albert Edward, who visited the state
And by now, I am pretty sure you know my name

The king actually wanted me to be a Town Hall
But his son decided that I’ll be a museum, The Albert Hall

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In telling you this I take great pride
Ram Niwas Garden is where I reside
With lush green lawns on both my sides
I’ll tell you about a friend and take you on a ride

It was quite younger to me and its name was Kiran Cafe
About the served delicacies, I could really write an essay
Though this one didn’t live for very long
We still remember it like an old beautiful song

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To describe me in a nutshell
I’m like an old mystery book on your shelf
With lots of secrets and stories untold
That are more than centuries old

Every day I witness a huge crowd
Be it the traffic, or the masses roaming around
Some are there to admire my huge structure
And for some it’s my Indo-Saracenic architecture

Home to many distinct artifacts
Visitors always keep me jam-packed
From paintings and metal sculptures
To colorful crystals and antiques depicting different culture

I’ve got it all under one roof
Come see it yourself to get the proof
And while The Egyptian Mummy is the most famous of all
There are things to witness even outside my walls

Daily hundreds of pigeons gather around me
To recite the stories of those I can’t see
It’s a beautiful relation that we share
And to give it a name, it won’t be fair

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This is all I can say about me
For more you’ll have to visit and see
Come alone or bring someone, totally your call
But don’t forget that I’m waiting, says The Albert Hall

 

Written by our intern : Avni Mehta

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6 Unknown Facts and Unseen Pictures of Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur

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 🙂

  1. Dreamy
    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.

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  2. Sunny
    Albert Hall was completed in 1887 by the architect and director of Jaipur PWD – Samuel Swinton. 

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  3. Thunderous
    Its Indo-Saracenic architecture and stone ornamentation, became a source of reference for varied classical Indian styles of design from Mughal to Rajput.

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  4. Busy 
    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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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 !!

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