Baroda Museum

The state of Gujarat comprises of several renowned places of tourists attractions. The most prominent among them is Baroda Museum. The museum arrives with outstanding collections of ethnology, geology, natural history, archaeology and art. It takes approximately three hours for the visitors for exploring this vast museum. The museum contains sculptures and coins from countries like Nepal, Egypt, Japan and Tibet. It also houses the belongings of Sayajirao Gaekwad III the founder of this museum.

The museum is divided into several sections that provide perfect opportunity for the tourists to have a thorough look of the place. The first and foremost is the coin section where visitors after entering can set their eyes upon wonderful coin collections. Coins that are being displayed here traces back to the period of as early as 1768. Every coin is thoroughly labeled on the basis of date of origin. In Weapons section tourists have the chance of viewing amazing swords and hand knives that were used by the erstwhile rulers. Clock section ushers with the display of antique clock collections of this museum. Among them some are as old as about 180 years with effective functioning in the present time.

The section of picture gallery is located in the second floor of the building comprising of unique paintings of Nandal Bose. Overall this section comprises of forty eight paintings that arrive with hidden peculiar characteristic. Other popular sections include Ancient section, skeleton section and hunting section.

History

Sayajirao Gaekwad III was the main person behind the establishment of this Museum. The construction of this museum was started in the year of 1887 and was completed in the period of 1894. English architectures R.N. Ment and R.F. Chisholm designed and constructed this museum following the patterns of London Science museums. The art gallery was later included into the museum in the period of 1914 but was opened for public exhibition only in the year of 1921. The museum comprises of many interesting artefacts, historical remains and other personal items of Sayajrao Gaekwad. There is also an influence of Maratha architecture in this museum and the ground floor reflects the genuine brick style of Europe.

Where is it located?

The museum is situated in Sayajibaug and is a popular place to visit in India. It will take about 119 km to reach the place from Sardar Patel International Airport via GJ SH 188 and NE 1. From nearest railway station in Surat the distance is only about 147 km via NH 8.

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