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Watson Museum, Rajkot

The Watson Museum, considered to be one of the best among the seven such museums located across Saurashtra (region) and managed by the Gujarat state Government, it has collections of precious objects from the princely State of Rajkot founded by the Jadeja Rajputs. It holds invaluable articles, artifacts, photographs, a reference library and the museum's publication are sold through a counter.HistoryThe museum is set up in the Queen Victoria memorial institute buildings located in Jubilee Garden, Rajkot. The museum was named in fond memory of Colonel John Watson in 1888 who was a British political agent of Kathiawar Agency from 1881 to 1889. Watson Museum is the second most important museum in Gujarat, after the Museum of Baroda and is the oldest museum in Saurashtra (region). Colonel Watson was fond of history and archaeology and used to collect information on Rajkot. Most of his collections and other artifacts are preserved here. The museum building was completed in 1893, and opened to the public by Governor Lord George Harris of Bombay Presidency.The Watson Museum exhibits copies of artifacts from Mohenjodaro, natural history, 13th century carvings, temple statues, costumes and design of the houses of the local tribal people. The Watson Museum also houses an excellent collection of traditional, archaeological items and coins.
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  • So I had read that Watson Museum is one of the best museums in Saurashtra. But honestly, this one is pretty underwhelming and turned out to be a waste of time. The artifacts and are relics are poorly ...  more »
  • Neglected museum. Broken displays and artefacts. Also authenticity of items displayed is questionable. Good for a quick walk through. 5 minutes should be enough.  more »
  • A nice place to visit, to see sculptures, stones, clothes, history about Rajkot, with a very small fee of 5rs per person ticket, if you have to click pictures, you just need to pay 100Rs. one time onl...  more »
  • "The idea is pretty good but the execution is pretty bad", that's the sentence that sums up my experience at Watson Museum. Maybe the place needs a curator (if one is missing) or a better curator or a team of curators and some serious funding to take care of the collection and add to it. The museum and the artifacts are very poorly maintained and it shows. However, the museum is still worth a visit if one has a few hours to kill in Rajkot and is interested in some history and culture lessons.
  • This place is underrated. It contains lots of significant items which showcases the history of ancient India and Gujarat. You'd find weapons, clothing, scripts and other objects. Note: It's inside Jubilee garden, just in case you don't find it easily.
  • This museum has a great collection of different artifacts. A lot of the collection is 12th century. It is very clean and well kept. Though the upkeep is missing. There are stairs to climb but no disabled or wheelchair access. Overall it's worth a visit.
  • A well-preserved museum. Very informative. The place to be if you are ever visiting Rajkot. Gives an insight into the history of Saurashtra region over the years.
  • Its really nice for complete family to view. Its bit expensive but experience makes up for it. It is very clean on the inside and outside. Lots of vendors outside the museum for gits purchasing.

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