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Watson Museum, Rajkot

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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.
The 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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  • Typical museum, with a small collection of clothes, coins, statues, stuffed animals, and paintings. Can visit if you really have extra time on hand, but nothing missed if you skip it. 
    Typical museum, with a small collection of clothes, coins, statues, stuffed animals, and paintings. Can visit if you really have extra time on hand, but nothing missed if you skip it.  more »
  • The Watson Museum exhibiting collection of items from around Gujarat. The items are good quality, and arranged thematically. The items on display is a very eclectic mix of items that would not be out....  more
    The Watson Museum exhibiting collection of items from around Gujarat. The items are good quality, and arranged thematically. The items on display is a very eclectic mix of items that would not be out....  more »
  • Poorly maintained museum is a pity, it contains treasures but not highlighted. Gloomy atmosphere. Require urgently works. 
    Poorly maintained museum is a pity, it contains treasures but not highlighted. Gloomy atmosphere. Require urgently works.  more »
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  • Everything is so good, preserved carefully. And so realistic looking birds are just awesome. It also had sounds of that birds, but now it's not working but not fixed yet.
  • I enjoyed my visit to the museum. The staff was super helpful, especially considering that i needed assisted entry. Every time i go to Watson museum, i feel these places need better funding, to really manage the stuff better, as well as more awareness has to be created about the places to visit in Rajkot - marketing, if i may say so!
  • Must visit!... Many antique and items of great value are put up. Maintenance is amazing.
  • I never expected the museum to be this organised and sophisticated. You can observe that a lot of money has been invested here.
  • What a peaceful place is this! I really like this place and so that I oftenly come here because it is very nearby from my Office place.

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