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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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  • Recently visited this museum on World Museum Day. Has a collection of paintings, crafts and some other things. You must pay a visit if you are in Rajkot.  more »
  • Once one of the most popular place in the city is not at a place worth visiting. Though the grandeur of the place still has its massive effect on people.  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Good stop in a small city. Could preserve old monuments better. Needs better management
  • Good place to know about the cultural heritage and history of Saurashtra, Gujarat. A detailed account of each carvings and sculptures is presented in gujarati, hindi and english languages. Of you are in city and happen to have 2-3 spare hrs. do visit the place.
  • Watson Museum is best museum in Rajkot city. In that museum we also know about the historical characters and that place is very enjoyable for kids.
  • The museum is named after of Colonel John Watson in 1888 who was a British political agent of Kathiawar Agency from 1881 to 1889. Colonel Watson was fond of history and archaeology and 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 museum's archeology gallery displays artifacts of prehistoric period and the Harappan civilization, sculptures belonging to erstwhile Ghumali - a capital of Jethwa are displayed in the sculpture gallery. Other exhibits include coins, textiles, paintings and utensils. The museum also displays a spectacular statue of Queen Victoria, unveiled by Lord Curzon in 1897. A separate gallery displays the symbols of various princely states in Saurashtra region as well as furniture from the durbar halls of these states.
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