Ganga Singh Museum, Bikaner

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: History, Artifacts, Culture
  • Entrance Fee: 3 INR.
  • Visiting Time: 10:30 AM to 4.30 PM (Except Fridays and Public Holidays).
  • Visit Duration: 30 to 45 mins.

The Ganga Singh Museum is a treasure trove of information on the life of the royalty of Rajasthan. Located in Bikaner, Rajasthan, it was constructed by Maharaja Ganga Singh in 1937 and is also locally known as the Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum. It is famous amongst tourists from all over the country for the wide range of artifacts that are showcased to the public. Situated near the famed Lalgarh Palace, this museum is widely known for the weapon collection of the Rajasthan royalty. Art and history lovers will definitely be mesmerized by the plethora of sculptures, artwork, paintings, coins and manuscripts which are on display. There are also plenty of collectibles from the ages of the Harappan civilization and the Gupta reign. This museum is the right place to learn about the rich culture and lifestyle of the previous generations.

Ganga Singh Museum
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Traveler Tips

  • Allocate ample time to look around all the artifacts which are on display.
  • The weekdays will be a little less crowded as compared to the weekends when a lot of families visit the place.
  • It is a good place to visit with inquisitive kids.

Things to Do

  • Study the transition period of Rajasthan and the royalty from the earlier days to the days under the British Rule.
  • Photograph the stunning sculptures and alluring artwork which emanate vibes of a totally different lifestyle.
  • Learn more about the different kinds of weapons which were used during the different periods of time.

Availability of Guides

There are no guides available here. The artifacts in the museum are self-explanatory with boards containing the associated information.

Best Time to Visit

Bikaner being in the state of Rajasthan, right within a desert region is prone to scorching hot summers. The months of October to February are cooler and more comfortable to visit this place. Visiting the museum during the day is better as it gives ample time to cover the various levels of the museum.

How to Reach

Set rights in the midst of the city, the Ganga Singh Museum is accessible from all the corners of the Bikaner. There are plenty of public transport options available to reach the museum like auto-rickshaws, as it is a famous tourist spot and one of the best museums in Bikaner.

Interesting Facts and Trivia About Ganga Singh Museum

  • The museum was moved to the Civil Lines 17 years after it was established way back in 1937.
  • The present of the famed silk robe to Raja Rai Singh from Shahzada Salim is one of the prime attractions to be visited in the museum.
  • The museum hosts many stunning collectibles used by the Emperors of Rajasthan in the wars against the invading Mughals.
  • There is a special wing called the Dr. L.P. Tessitori Memorial Wing named after Dr. L.P. Tessitori due to his immense contribution to the museum via excavations in major archaeological sites.
  • Maharaja Ganga Singh who constructed the museum was a high-ranking member of the Imperial War Cabinet.
  • The Maharaja also constructed the famed Lalgarh Palace which is a small distance away from the museum and is also another famous attraction amongst tourists.
  • He brought about a lot of reforms and spread education throughout his reign.
  • The mesmerizing carpets and pottery are artistic expressions which ought to be looked into.
  • The golden leaf and camel hides are other prime attractions in the museum.
  • The two levels of the museum house portraits in the lower level and collectibles in the next level.
Ganga Singh Museum Bikaner
Photo by Schwiki, CC BY-SA 3.0

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Restaurants

  • The Garden Café and Restaurant
  • Chhappan Bhog
  • Konark Restaurant and Food Court
  • Chhotu Motu Joshi Sweet Shop
  • Lakshmi Hotel Restaurant

The history and art which are present in the museum make it one of the most culturally exquisite locations within Rajasthan. The story of our past through various stages in history is beautifully portrayed by the various wings in the museum. All this makes the Ganga Singh Museum a must-visit location to indulge in the past and enlighten ourselves in our colorful and scintillating history.

About Rohit

An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a curious traveller, seeking out the minutest detail about the places he travels to, and that’s what one will find in his writings. His writings have appeared in various blogs, he’s currently trying to bring forth as many different places a traveller who shares the same level of curiosity like him would like to visit through his writings.

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