Stands as an identity of the city of Jamnagar, the Archaeological Museum in Jamnagar, Gujarat is a heritage place which houses artifacts and exhibits pertaining to the medieval history of the place. Housed in an ancient building called LakhotaKotho, the museum is a must visit place for all the history lovers.
Timing: From March to October – 1 pm to 9 pm, From November to February – 12 pm to 8 pm (Wednesday, second and fourth Saturday closed)
Location: Shri Prembhikshuji Marg, Government Colony, Jamnagar, Gujarat
Entry Fees: Rs25 for Indians, Rs100 for Foreigners
The city of Jamnagar in Gujarat has seen many influential and educated rulers who were keen on the growth and expansion of the place and the preservation of the historical and cultural heritage. This led to the establishment of the Archaeological Museum of Jamnagar in 1946 by Jam Shri Digvijay Singhji in the ancient building called the LakhotaKotho which has all the personal collections of Shri Digvijay Singh. The museum has been administered and functional under the Gujarat State Archaeology and Museum Department since 1960.
Constructed in a Rajput style with a touch of Iranian architecture, LakhotaKotho was formerly used for defense purposes and as a relaxation palace for rulers. During the course of time, the architecture has been renovated and has now become the core of the city and one of the most peaceful and heritage monuments of Jamnagar. The Archaeological Museum in LakhotaKotho has been revamped with the addition of several new exhibits which creates awareness and sensitivity toward the rich culture of the place. The collection housed in the museum comprises stone and bronze sculptures, miniature paintings, glassware, coins, currency plates, regional textiles with embroidery and beadworks, natural history sample, and royal collections. The museum depicts the history of the Jamnagar district from the 9th to the 19th centuries with an emphasis on the Princely State Nawanagar.
Thus, after the development and restoration of the LakhotaKotho in 2018, the Archaeological Museum illustrates the rich history and culture of Jamnagar in 11 segments through over 321 exhibits. In other words, the Archaeological Museum of the District Museum of Jamnagar is the identity of the city and serves the purpose of a visitor-friendly museum for education, research, and gratification of the public.