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Scindia Museum


Scindia Museum is the most visited place in the city of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. Situated in the Jai Vilas Palace, the museum was established by a private trust in the year 1964 and 35 rooms of the palace were converted into the Museum.

Scindia Museum is well known for its rich collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, weapons, sculptures, coins, bronze and many other things. The museum contains important documents which belong to the Scindia family of Gwalior. The Museum also boasts of variety of articles from across the world. A crystal staircase would further lead the visitors to the Darbar Hall of the palace. The arched ceiling of the wall carries two of the world’s largest and most significant chandeliers with gold leaf work. These chandeliers weigh over three tons and hold 248 candles each. The chandeliers are gilded with 56 kilograms of gold. Also spread in the Darbar Hall is the largest carpet of Asia made at Gwalior prison. The museum has Belgium cut glass and crystal furniture. One can also find Rolls Royce on rails and German Bubble Car on display at the Scindia Museum.

There is also a life sized statue of Lida playing with swan exhibited at the palace. The most enchanting thing at the museum is a famous model train that circulates brandy, dry fruit and cigar around the table after the dinner. Visit Scindia Museum and witness the best collections of the world.

Best time to visit

Anytime of the year is good to visit the Scindia Museum.


The story goes that elephants were used to test the strength of the ceiling before putting up the two chandeliers in the Darbar Hall.


Scindia Museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. Closed on Wednesdays and national holidays.

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