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Silver Museum

History

Situated in the City Palace Complex, the Silver Museum is the world’s first of a kind silver museum which showcases the family heirloom of the erstwhile ruling Mewar dynasty dating back to 743 AD.

The museum, inaugurated by Udaipur’s present king Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of the Mewar dynasty, spreads over 7,100 sq feet and displays various family sterling silver objects.

The displayed objects include the 1939 custom made silver buggy, which was part of the dowry brought by the present king’s mother (Rani Shilakumariji). It is the largest item on display with detailed intricate body work, silver chassis, wheels and spokes. Also the silver wedding mandap, which was constructed during His Majesty’s daughter’s wedding two years back, is displayed.

Apart from the above, the museum includes pieces used in rituals, royal buggies, haudahs used for mounting elephants during occasional processions and small ornamental palanquins made for the Gods called Ramrewariyas.

Mewar had good relations with the Mughals and the latter’s influence can be seen in items like the silver rose water sprinklers and decanters locally called kunjis on display. The place also showcases indigenous artisan’s techniques like pierced works where silver sheets cover the contours of wooden works.

Best time to visit

Months from October to April are the best time to visit the place.

Trivia

The museum is housed in the well known Amar Mahal which is said to have inspired Shah Jahan to build the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Timing

The palace can be visited between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.


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