The History of the Museum
When the foundation stone of Albert Hall was laid during the visit of the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward to Jaipur in 1876, it had yet to be determined what use it would be put to. There were some suggestions about cultural or educational use or as a town hall. However 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. A small museum was created in 1881 in temporary accommodation and proved most popular. Additionally, Hendley in 1883 mounted a Jaipur Exhibition at Naya Mahal (old Vidhan Sabha).
The Albert Hall was completed in 1887 by the architect Samuel Swinton Jacob,Director of Jaipur PWD. The temporary museum and the exhibition whose artifacts had been collected from several parts of India and its neighbourhood were merged and shifted to their permanent home in the new museum. The building itself became an integral part of the display, its Indo-Saracenic architecture and stone ornamentation, became a source of reference for varied classical Indian styles of design from Mughal to Rajput. Even the corridors were decorated with murals in a variety of styles including the Ramayan, reproducing paintings from illustrations in the Persian Razmnama prepared for Emperor Akbar. European, Egyptian, Chinese, Greek and Babylonian civilizations were portrayed in the other murals to enable the people of the region to compare and contrast them with their own and develop their knowledge of history and art.
Confronting the gates of the city by 1890 there stood the museum, the zoo and the Mayo Hospital in a public park representing the dream of the former Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh which was realized by his successor Sawai Madho Singh which showed the new face of a Jaipur moving into the modern age.
The grand museum houses almost 19,000 historic objects in its collection. The collection consists of a rare assortment of artefacts for the display including paintings, pottery, metal, wood craft, carpets and even arms & weapons. The museum also has an Egyptian mummy that belongs to the Ptolemaic Epoch. The first floor of the museum depicts the lifestyle and culture of various classes of Rajasthan including Rajput’s, merchants and tribals. A section of the museum, known as Darbar Hall, has the largest floor covering in the world.
Gallery Collection includes
Albert Hall Museum Timing: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm & 7.00 to 10.00 pm
Albert Hall Museum Entry Fees
Category – I General entry ticket
|Visitor / Student||Price|
|Indian visitor||Rs – 40 / – each|
|Indian student||Rs – 20 /- each|
|Overseas visitor||Rs – 300 /- each|
|Overseas student||Rs – 150 /- each|
Category – II Composite entry ticket - This ticket is valid for two days for visiting all or any of the following sites:-Amber Fort, Albert Hall, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar (Observatory), Nahargarh Fort, vidyadhar garden & Sisodia Rani garden
|Visitor / Student||Price|
|Indian visitor||Rs – 300 / – each|
|Indian student||Rs – 40 /- each|
|Overseas visitor||Rs – 1000 /- each|
|Overseas student||Rs – 200/- each|
Albert Hall Museum Night Entry Ticket
|Indian visitor||Rs – 100 / – each|
|Indian student||Rs – 100 /- each|
|Overseas visitor||Rs – 100 /- each|
|Overseas student||Rs – 100/- each|
Location: Ajmeri Gate, Ramniwas Bag, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302004
How to Reach Albert Hall Museum
By Air– Delhi and Mumbai are the two main gateway cities to Rajasthan from international destinations. There are regular flights connecting Delhi and Mumbai to Jaipur and Jodhpur in Rajasthan and also important destinations like Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai operated by domestic carriers.
By Train– Daily super fast train connects Mumbai to Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Kota. Delhi (the nearest rail head to Jaipur) is also directly connected to Sawai Madhopur, Bharatpur, Kota, Udaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Shatabdi train operates from New Delhi station to Ajmer via Jaipur. Double decker train is also available between Jaipur and Delhi.
By Road– The Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT) at Kashmiri Gate, New Delhi has almost a twenty – four hour bus service to Jaipur. Air-conditioned and Volvo bus service of state owned Rajasthan state Roadways Transport Corporation (RSRTC) to Jaipur is operational from the premises of Bikaner House, Pandara Road.