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Museums in Gujarat cater to every kind of travellers’ interests

Uttara Gangopadhyay
June 04 , 2018
04 Min Read

Vechaar Utensils Museum, Ahmedabad

A visit to the Vechaar (Vishalla Environmental Centre for Heritage of Art, Architecture and Research) Utensils Museum, located inside the Vishalla Village Restaurant, will make you realise how utility and art was combined to make utensils in the bygone days, how the inherited vessels and other traditional objects we use every day are a commentary on our social evolution. The main building is designed like an Indian hut. There are around 4,000 artefacts, ranging from pre-historic vessels to new-age products. There are utensils made from leaves, a gourd jug, to modern stainless steel and glass utensils. The metal utensils cover everything from brass, copper, bronze, zinc to German silver. Ask for a guided tour. The museum (closed on Mondays) remains open between 1pm and 3pm and between 5pm and 10.30pm. Ticketed entry. The Vishalla Restaurant serves typical Gujarat ‘thali’; seating is on the carpeted floor.

Auto World Museum, Ahmedabad

Love vintage cars? Then a visit to the Auto World Museum in Ahmedabad is a must. The museum was established by the late Pranlal Bhogilal, one of India's famous car collectors. The cars are displayed across a huge area in his Dastan Estate. There are Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Daimler, Langonda, Mercedes, Maybach, Packard, Cadillac, Buick, Auburn, Cord, Lancia, Lincoln, Chrysler, etc.  You will find Limousines and Grand Open Tourers for ceremonial occasions, convertible cars used for evening drives, station wagons shaped like a boat as well as a horse drawn carriage, etc. Nearly all of them were built to individual specifications by famous car makers from across the globe. Ticketed entry. There is a souvenir shop and a cafeteria. Check for timing. Contact:  +91-79-22820699.

A Rolls Royce on display at the Autoworld Museum, Ahmedabad

Calico Museum of Textiles and Sarabhai Foundation Collections, Ahmedabad

The Calico Museum of Textiles, housed in The Retreat (Sarabhai Foundation) in the Shahibaug area, offers a journey through the different aspects of Indian textiles. There are two wings here - the ‘Haveli’ showcases religious textiles, as well as south Indian bronzes, Jain art, and Mughal and other miniature paintings; the ‘Chauk’ displays royal tents, carpets, furnishings and costumes of the Mughal and regional courts; textiles for India’s export trade; as well as a wide range of regional ethnographic textiles. Gallery entry is free (museum is closed on Wednesdays and public holidays). You can also pre-register for a guided tour (10.30m to 1pm) but it is restricted to 20 people only. The museum has many do’s and don’ts, such as children below 10 years of age are not admitted on the museum tour; no handbags/baggage, cameras or mobile phones allowed in the premises; no photography/videography allowed, etc.

Maharaja Fatesingh Museum, Vadodara

Even if you have seen the private collection of Indian maharajahs elsewhere in India, the collection at Vadodara’s Maharaja Fatesingh Museum will still surprise you. Located in the Lakshmi Vilas Palace compound, the museum houses objects collected by the Gaekwads of Baroda, especially Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III (1875-1939). Paintings by Raja Ravi Verma, paintings and sculptures by Venetian artist Fellicci, Japanese and Chinese porcelains, Greek and Roman sculptures, 18th century French furniture, etc. are some of the eye-catching displays here. There is also a dedicated head gear gallery. The museum (closed on Mondays and public holidays) is open from 10am to 5pm. Ticketed entry. Contact: +91-8511179951/+91-2652426372   

Interior of an 18th century palace in the Kutch Museum

Kutch Museum, Bhuj

If you are keen about regional history, then Kutch Museum in Bhuj will be of interest to you. Housed in a Gothic-style building, it contains some rare artefacts among others, such as Kshatrapa inscriptions (1st century AD), extinct Kutchi script, kori — once the local currency, etc. There are also displays on tribal and folk crafts. The display on local Kutchi embroidery is interesting. The Museum is closed on Wednesdays. On other days, check for opening hours. Contact: 91- 9675796178

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