This museum is a popular travel spot of India which attracts tourists on a global basis. This museum was constructed for showcasing various personal collections of Sayajirao Gaekwad III the erstwhile ruler of Baroda. The museum is the storehouse of different types of European and Indian paintings and the architectural styles of this palace museum deserves special attention. The museum properly reveals the royal and sophisticated tastes and lifestyles of the Maharajas of Baroda during the period of British rule in the country. This museum is the center piece of attraction in Gujarat without which the trip is incomplete.
The major piece of attraction in the museum is the section that contains portraits of famous painter Raja Ravi Verma based on mythology of Hindu religion. Then there is the oriental gallery in the museum that contains Chinese and Japanese sculptures with other art collections of the Maharaja. This museum has become one of the renowned places of attractions due its rich collections of the art works of famous artists like Rembrandt, Murillo, Titian and Raphael. Other objects of attractions include porcelain artifacts of Japanese and Chinese influence along with a toy train which the Maharaja received as a gift from his father. Two rooms occupying the ground floor of this museum are known for displaying majestic artworks of the Rocco period.
This historical museum came into existence in the year of 1961 within the ground of the palace complex of Sayajirao Gaekwad III. This museum complex was previously used to be the school of the children of the royal family of Baroda. Presently, it showcases innumerable art work collections of Gaekwad III which he had collected from within and outside India. These mainly include artifacts and miniature paintings of Greco Roman, Indian and European patterns. The palace museum is itself an architectural piece of wonder with every modern day facilities like elevators. The interiors are similar to that of the huge country house in Europe. Tourists also have the opportunity to view various sculpture collections of bronze and marble. The museum is filled with the artistic works of Italian sculptures Fellicci. This museum is opened everyday barring public holidays and Monday.
Where is it located?
The museum is situated within the complex of Laxmi Villas Palace that belongs to Sayajirao. From the nearby road of Ahmedabad airport it will hardly take 119 km to reach the museum via NE1. The minimum distance is roughly 134 km from the nearest road of Gandhinagar cap to reach this museum via NE1.