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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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  • Poorly maintained museum is a pity, it contains treasures but not highlighted. Gloomy atmosphere. Require urgently works.  more »
  • the musuem is not properly maintained . the cleanliness is also not upto the level of international museum.  more »
  • It has all sort of old items collection and has a good source of knowledge, kids and elder people can learn a lot from here.  more »
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  • Good for one time visits. Showcases many historic things about the Gujarat and its culture.
  • Nice museum displaying heritage of Gujarat and few collectibles,. Could have made a better presentation to visitors. Worth while if you are in Rajkot , but if you travel to visit this from another place. Stuffed animals section can be removed.
  • Nice one time visitable need some maintenance but overall good.
  • Watson museum is good place tourism, there is so many old pictures, statues and painting.
  • Whatson Musium comes at jubilee Garden,In this Musium various kinds of Gods Statutes, Old Gujarati peoples Dress styles, stuffed animals,and vintage arms like sword,Guns,shields are there to show.Tickets for Musium is I think 5 to 10 rupees.Parking facilities available.
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