Hazarduari Palace Museum, Murshidabad
Hazarduari Palace Museum is located in the
Hazarduari Palace in Murshidabad, former capital of Bengal.
Murshidabad is at a distance of 219 kms from Kolkata by road. It was
built during the reign of Nawab Nazim Humayun Jah (1824 – 1838 AD)
by famous architect McLeod Duncan following Greek (Doric) style. The
name of the palace owes to more than thousand real and false doors,
vast corridors in it.
In 1985, the palace was handed over to the
Archaeological Survey of India for better preservation. The museum is
regarded as the biggest site museum of Archaeological Survey of India
and has got 20 displayed galleries containing 4742 antiquities out of
which 1034 has been displayed for the public.
The collection of antiquities include various
weapons, oil paintings of Dutch, French and Italian artists, marble
statues, metal objects, porcelain and stucco statues, farmans,
rare books, old maps, manuscripts, land revenue records, palanquin
mostly belonging to eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Entry fee: For Indian citizen Rs. 5/- US $ 2 or Rs.
100 for foreigner.
Museum remain closed on friday