Baroda is the Sanskari Nagri of Gujarat. A cultural, educational and industrial hub, the place never fails to impress you with its poised and calm environment. The city has been home to the royal family of Gaekwads, who have contributed to the two world-class museums.
Let’s read about them in detail:
Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery:
Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad founded the Baroda Museum and Picture Gallery, located at Sayajibaug, in 1887. The construction of the building was completed in 1897 and opened to the general public. The design of the building is in the line of Indo-Saracenic style, a marvel of the architecture in itself. Sayajirao along with his trusted scholars and other art connoisseurs have procured many antiques from all over the world, and thanks to him there are many items in the museum exhibited that are rare and valuable. The Egyptian mummy, the skeleton of the blue whale, the 5th century Akota bronze, Mughal miniature painting and oil painting by European masters are some of the prized possession of the gallery. It has a wide collection of historical artefacts, collectibles, art, sculpture, ethnography and ethnology.The Picture Gallery’s Rooms: Balcony with a Bronze statue, European paintings of the 15th, 18th and 19th century, Picture restoration room, modern Indian picture gallery, natural history room, etc.
Address: Dak Bunglaw, Sayajigunj, Vadodara, Gujarat 390001
Phone: 0265 279 3801
Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum:
The museum established in 1961 is housed within the premise of Laxmi Vilas palace. The building was basically the school for the children of the Maharaja. Number of artwork can be seen here and especially the ones which Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad brought from abroad. There are painting by Raja Ravi Varma, Raphael, Titian, Murillo and Rembrandt. The sculptures made up of bronze and marble especially the artwork of the famous Italian painter and sculptor Fellicci. You can also find pots, ancient household items, 3D painting, Japanese and Chinese porcelain antiques.
Address: Laxrni Vilas Palace Compound, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Vadodara, India