The Government Museum Kota is housed in a three-storied east-facing palace called Brij Vilas. Built in 1793, the palace is named after Maharani Brijkanwar, wife of Maharao Durjansal Kotah. It is situated in Chatra Vilas Garden in the most tranquil and verdant part of town and is very accessible with ample parking.
The museum displays a collection of old coins, manuscripts and Hadoti sculpture. The collection was brought together in 1946 by the State historian Dr M.K.Sharma at the instruction of Maharao Bhim Singh and housed in the Brij Vilas Palace. In 1952 it moved to Hawa Mahal over the main entrance in the Garh Palace as Brij Vilas was used by the Tax Office. In 1994, the museum collection which had outgrown its home was moved back to the palace which is a perfect place for it. The palace was declared a protected monument by the State Government in 1997.
After being closed for two years for restoration, the Government Museum reopened in 2019 and is now well worth a visit. It houses Shaiva, Vaishnava and Jain sculpture as well as folk sculpture, prehistoric local finds discovered and donated by O.P.Sharma (Kukki) in 2012, weapons, miniature art and state memorabilia such as wax seals, and in the central courtyard are four 3rd century Yupa pillars. A large statue of Shesh Sayi Vishnu, brought from the Baroli kingdom is also a museum attraction.
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Archaeological, State Archaeological Museum
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Public holidays
09:45 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.
Best Time to Visit
a. Most Crowded: 11am-1pm on free days i.e. on one of the four days when there is no entry fee b. Least Crowded: 3pm-5pm every day
Indian adults Rs20 and children Rs10. Foreigner adults Rs100 and children Rs50.
Government Museum, Brij Vilas Bhawan, Nayapura
Regular trains to Kota junction (KOTA) from Delhi, Mumbai and many other places.
Kota is well served by sleeper buses and local buses.
Nearest airport is either Udaipur 262kms (UDR) or Jaipur 243 kms (JAI)
Superintendant, Umrao Singh
The museum has free entry on March 30th Rajasthan Foundation Day, April 18th World Heritage Day, May 18th World Museum Day and September 27th World Tourism Day.
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Interesting Things About the Museum
1. There are 4 Vedic columns displayed behind glass in the central courtyard. They come from Badwa in Baran district. Details of donations of 1000 cows each for Vedic rituals are narrated in Brahmi script on each one showing the revival of Vedic religion at that time.
2. The most famous sculpture is of Sheshashayi Vishnu. Vishnu is being shaded by Shesh Nag’s head and lying on its coils. Vishnu is supporting his own head with one of his hands as he lies in the shade of the cobra. Brahma is emerging on a lotus from his navel. This sculpture has been exhibited abroad.
3. The Museum is next to the Rajasthan Oriental Research Institute which houses many ancient and important manuscripts and palm-leaf books but which currently has no managerial staff. The Superintendant of the Museum has additional charge both for the Research Institute and for the recently restored Contemporary Art Gallery nearby which also has no staff.