A stunning and magnificent piece of European architecture, the HH Maharaja Sir Jiwajirao Scindia Museum located in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, is a living palace known as Jai Vilas Palace. Visit the museum to explore the exquisite collections of a range of artifacts and the breathtaking architecture along with its interior to delight the artist in you.
Entry Fees: Rs100 for Indians, Rs600 for foreigners
About the Museum
Commissioned as a private residence by HH Shrimant Jayajirao Scindia in 1857 to welcome King Edward VII, the west wing of the majestic Jai Vilas Palace was converted into a museum by the late wife of HH Maharaja Sir George Jiwajirao Scindia on 12th December 1964. Located in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, the place is a living Palace Museum and is administered by Mannu Raje Charitable Trust.
Designed and built according to the finest European architecture, the palace is spread over an area of 12,40,771 square feet and illustrates an amalgamation of Tuscan and Corinthian styles with a strong Baroque effect. A dreamland for art and history paramours, the magnificent museum is one of a kind in the country with its beautiful architecture, stunning interior, and rare artifacts displayed there. Visitors can see the nicely decorated Stateroom, the royal kitchen which has the whisper of three cultures- Indian, French, and English. Other halls and galleries are decorated with diverse exhibits for the visitors to see.
The permanent collections housed in the museum are:
Furniture: The range of furniture housed in the museum is very diverse namely English, French, Malabar, Oriental, and Crystal which were collected by the Scindias from different parts of the world while on their excursions. Some furniture is used for their personal use while the rest is showcased in the museum.
Carriage: Carriages of distinct sizes, designs, and materials used for making adorn the palace museum. Silver buggy, silver chariot, royal palanquins, open palanquins, gifted chariots, hunting Judah, and contemporary vehicles are some of the main assortment displayed in the museum.
Paintings: The walls of the museum are adorned with artifacts and paintings of the Maratha style. In the Western Art section, oil paintings, tondos, and 3-D paintings are also showcased that were gathered by the family from time to time.
Prints: Articles that make this collection rich include Lithographs of Napoleon and Tipu Sultan along with valuable patent-colored prints of western artworks collected by the regal family are displayed in the museum.
Sculptures: Sandstone sculptures, marble sculptures, and patent replicas of the masterpieces collected by the family that belonged from the 2nd century BCE to the 22nd century CE are kept exhibited in the museum.
Decorative art: Decorative items such as ivory, metal, crystal, glass, ceramic, wood, stone, ceramic utensils, silver crockery, etc., enrich the collection in the museum.
Arms and armor: The museum has a rich collection of arms and armor used by the Scindia in the past and during World War I and II which comprises swords, daggers, spears, guns, and pistols.