Maharaja Sawai Man Singh ji Museum, Jaipur
Located within the City palace complex and nested amidst old buildings, temples and the palace quarters, this museum was founded in 1959 by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II with the sole objective of portraying the achievements of the Maharajas and educating the people of both India and abroad with the rich cultural heritage of the state.
The museum is currently divided into three galleries such as :-
The Textile Gallery :
Located on the first floor of the Mubarak Mahal, the textile gallery showcases the costumes of the royal family. The enormous Atamsukh, a beautiful rich Banaras brocade quilted cloak of Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I is one of its kind.
Probably houses one of the richest collections of the Indian weapons in the world. Some of the weapons displayed include the Heavy Khanda(sword) of Raja Man Singh I, swords of Mughal emperors Jehangir and Shahjahan, Sawai Jai Singh's pistol and matchlock guns of 17th century, Rekhla(miniature cannon), Jujarba(Camel Guns), lances, Katars(daggers), bows and arrows, Maces and Gunpowder flasks, Howdahs etc.
The Art Gallery houses a rich collection of Rajasthani Miniature Paintings, 17th century Persian carpets, paper cuttings, illustrated and unillustrated manuscripts like the Ragamala, Durga Path, Srimad-Bhagavata , variousphotographs and photographic instruments, as well the the life size portraits of the various rulers of Jaipur.
Other notable attractions displayed in the museum include the various types of chariots and coaches, the Thakurji ka Rath which was used for carrying the state religious icon as well as the two silver jars weighing 345 kg each. Since travel by sea was forbidden to the Indians as per the ancient sastras, the then Maharaja of Jaipur Sawai Madho Singh II filled the jars with Ganges water when he made a trip to England in 1902. The museum also has a “Friends of the Museum” section, where award wining artists from different fields demonstrate their artistic skills.