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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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  • 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 »
  • This is very good and Colonel John Watson fond of historical items stored also and good to store and visiting historical lover to must visit this place also  more »
  • this museum in many historical rajwadi items stored also and good to store in place and visiting historical lover to must visit this place also  more »
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  • 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.
  • Amazing collection of historical artefacts... Very knowledgable..

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Where to stay in Rajkot

There are a wide variety of lodging options in the metropolis of Rajkot, ranging from affordable and basic to quite luxurious. If you're looking to save money, stay along Dhebar and Kanak Roads, along the ST bus stand. In Rajkot, prices are indicative of location, so expect higher prices in more central spots. This could be a good time to splurge simply because the relatively modest number of attractions isn't enough to keep you out of the hotel.
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