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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.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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TripAdvisor
  • We experience the past. Well maintained with all the descriptions written. Nominally entry fee and children will enjoy seeing our history.  more »
  • This museum have wide collection of paintings, manuscripts, coin, handicrafts, musical instruments etc. This museum is close on public hoiday and sunday.  more »
  • This museum has some interesting pieces but the displays are very dated. The collections are quite varied.  more »
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  • Loved this museum! There was tons of historical knowledge and information. Plenty to show for the history of India and the influences of the British empire. The staff were not the most helpful however the exhibits more than make up for that.
  • The oldest museum of Rajkot, and 50 percent of residents never there but tourist go there if interested historical architects related to British Empire!
  • "There was tons of historical knowledge and information."
  • Meet your past here. The museum houses ancient artifacts and relics from 2 decades ago. It also has a large collection of stuff from Imperial states around Rajkot.
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