At a distance of 1.5 km from Junagarh Fort and 3 km from Bikaner Junction Railway Station, the Ganga Singh Museum is one of the most significant museums situated in Bikaner. This is the best museum in the state of Rajasthan and also one of the must visit places of sightseeing in Bikaner.
Established in 1937 AD by Maharaja Ganga Singh, the Ganga Singh Museum showcases an extensive array of articles, hunting trophies and archaeological specimens. These specimens are belonged to the Harappan age and the early part of the Gupta period. According to the archaeologists, these articles throw light on a number of dark areas of the history of India. Ganga Singh Museum is housed close to the Lalgarh Palace since 1937 but later transferred to Civil Lines in 1954 and administered by the Rajasthan Government.
The first level of the museum is adorned with portraits of the Maharajas of Bikaner and several English dignitaries. The second level of the museum houses artifacts and crafts of wood, metal and glass. Highlights of the museum are the gilded golf leaf paintings on camel hides of usta craftsmen and Silk Robe of Shahzada Saleem. The museum is revered for being a storehouse of all miniature collection of Rajasthani paintings from schools of Bundi, Mewar, Jaipur, Bikaner and Jodhpur. Another significant display of the museum is the weapons used by the Rajputs.
The museum also has large array of Terracotta artwork and artifacts from sites of Indus Valley Civilization and Kalibangan, ancient Theris of Badopal, Rangmahal, Hanumangarh and Suratgarh in Bikaner excavated by Dr. L.P. Tessitori. Replica of Gajner Palace, a teak table, an Ikka (horse carriage) and chariot are other masterpieces displayed in the museum with extraordinary lacquer work by craftsmen of Bikaner.
Timings: 10.30 AM – 4.30 PM, Closed on Fridays & on Govt. Holidays
Entry Fee: Rs. 3 for Person