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Arts and Crafts of Rajasthan
The handicrafts and arts of the land are marked with an exuberance of color and culture and are held in high regard all over the world. In addition to providing overseas income, these crafts items have earned state and the country enormous regard and respect. Be it the exclusive blue pottery or the planned gesso purses, the Thewa and Meenakari jewelry or the marble and terracotta idols, Rajasthan has stamped its distinct remarkable, vivacious nature on these masterpieces of art.

A complete variety of ornamental objects are created in the area - the marble carvings and tiny paintings, Phad and Pichwais, the multi shaded carpets and rugs, the lively Bandhej and block printed textiles, the metal jewelry boxes and wooden artifacts, the bone work and ivory engraved items, the lac bangles and the affluent velvet quilts, the entire pieces are preferred souvenirs gathered by visitors on their trip to this celebrated state.

Museums and Galleries in Rajasthan
The land of gigantic castles, extensive forts and elaborately engraved shrines of multicolored tribes and courageous fighters, of unparalleled variety of arts and crafts, exclusive dance and music customs, is altering at swift pace. Its enormous system of Museums in big and little towns, archaeological sites and the newly opened museums and art galleries in the palaces of previous rulers of old states have helped in conserving this grand legacy for later
Positioned in the heart of the older city and close up to the railway station the museum is housed in the gorgeous fort and palace built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1570. What is today generally recognized as Magazine is the palace quarters where the emperors lived? Following the British occupation in 1818 and throughout the first war of Independence in 1857 it was used as the Rajputana Arsenal by the British which gave the name magazine.
Housed in the old City Palace, it has a exceptional compilation of arms, bidri work, lacquered and ivory work, melodious instruments, stuffed animals, gorgeous brass and pottery works from Jaipur, Multan, Bengal and Ceylon, tiny paintings and Persian and Sanskrit manuscripts. The museum is separated into 3 main parts, each housed in a big hall.
Positioned in the Dil-E-Aaram Gardens, of Amer, the prehistoric capital of Jaipur, and established in 1949, the museum is separated into 3 sections. It houses dug out material from Rairh, Bairat, Sambar, Nagar etc. and the sculptures and epigraphs collected from various sites in the former Jaipur State.
Positioned in the heart of the well-known Lohagarh Fort, the Bharatpur Museum houses a wealthy compilation of archaeological wealth of the close by areas as from the old Bharatpur State. The gigantic extravagant structure Kachahari Kalan, once the administrative building block of the rulers of Bharatpur state, was transformed into a Museum in 1944. It displays sculptures found at some stage in the mining of old villages.
Ganga Mahal, the magnificent halls added by Maharaja Gailga Singh, now houses the Fort Museum. It holds an excellent compilation of historic Rajput weaponry, jade handle daggers, camel hide and inlaid handguns and camel guns. Other important objects include a pair of drums belonging to the saint who foretold the basis of the empire by Rao Bika for 450 years.
Set-up close to the Lalgarh Palace in 1937, on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Maharaja Gailga Singh this Museum now run by the Government of Rajasthan, was relocated to a fresh structure in the Civil Lines in 1954. A few chief parts of the museum are: Maharaja Ganga Singh Memorial, local Arts and Crafts, Sculptures, Terracotta and Bronzes Armory, Miniature Paintings and Folk-Arts.
In the interiors of the historical Chittorgarh Fort, one large section of the Fateh Prakash Palace was transformed into a museum in 1968. It has an enormous compilation of sculptures. Among the significant ones are Ganapati (8-9th century) from Pangarh: Indra and Jain Ambica statues from Rashmi village.
A recently made museum named "Rajmata Devendra Kunwar State Museum and Cultural Centre, Dungarpur" was thrown open to public in 1988. The sculpture gallery of the museum throws light on the olden times of Vagad Pradesh that was spread over the present areas of Dungarpur, Banswara and tehsil Kherwara of Udaipur district.
Jaipur - Albert hall museum:
Positioned in the heart of the extensive Ram Niwas Bagh, this is the oldest Museum in the State. It was built in 1876 when King Edward VII visited India as the Prince of Wales. It was opened to public in 1886.
Modern art gallery - Ram Niwas Bagh:
A petite gallery in the first story of the Ravindra Manch Auditorium shows an assortment of works by the well known modern artists and sculptors of Rajasthan.
Hawa Mahal museum - Jaipur:
Immediately at the back of the stunning Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) in the adjacent Pratap Mandir, a museum was established in the year 1983. Conserved here is the sculptural legacy collected from Ganeshwar, Virat Nagar, Raid, Sambar and Nagar.
Maharaja sawai man singh ii museum, Jaipur:
Positioned inside the City palace compound and nested amidst old buildings, shrines and the palace lodgings, this museum was founded in 1959 by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II. It exhibits ancestral collections built up by the successive rulers of Amer and Jaipur.
Jaiselmer folklore museum:
It is a fine museum separated into 6 parts and has an affluent compilation of paintings, photographs, costumes, hairstyles and jewelry, utility articles of rustic life, camel and horse garlands, fossils, decorative arches, as well as articles associated with folk and cultural ways of life.
Jaiselmer - government museum:
This museum is positioned on Police Line Road near Moomal Hotel, and was opened in 1984. It houses a huge compilation of wood and marine fossils and gives a close look into the geographical history of the region. Sculptures from the ancient townships of Kiradu and Lodurva dating back to the 12th century pulsate with youth and grace and depict the skill of the time.
Jhalawar - government museum:
Positioned in the old Garh Palace near Bhawani Natya Shala is the Government Museum. The sculptures and architectural fragments of the 8th century city of the Chandravati and sculptures and epigraphs from the Jhalrapatan region fill its galleries.
Jodhpur - government museum:
Positioned in the Umaid gardens on High Court Road, it has a big and rather appealing compilation. There are many stuffed animal, including a number of desert birds in two glass cases, each with a thorn bush. The military section includes cumbersome wooden biplane models and an extraordinary brass battleship.
Jodhpur- Meharangarh fort museum:
An outstanding museum with exceptional and fascinating artifacts, textiles, paintings, transport items etc. laid out with utmost care and thought. The Palanquin and Howdah Galleries display a superb collection of old and costly specimens of great historical value.
Jodhpur - Umaid Bhawan palace museum:
The ruling ancestors of Jodhpur have lately transformed a fraction of their gigantic Umaid Bhawan Palace as a palace museum. Items on exhibition are exceptional compilation of rocks, watches, fine china, ornate mirrored furniture, glass and crystal ware, photographs etc.
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