The Albert Hall Museum is a brilliant piece of architecture. When the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) visited Jaipur, Maharaja Ram Singh II was in the midst of laying the Ram Niwas Gardens. He decided to build a permanent memorial of this visit and invited the prince to lay the foundation stone on the 6 of February 1876. Designed by Sir Swinton Jacob, Albert Hall Museum owes its name to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and is a happy combination of Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture.
This museum provides a splendid introduction to the arts, crafts, and history of Rajasthan. There is a fine collection, which includes handicrafts, such as metal ware, ivory, and woodcarving, jewellery, textiles and pottery, sculptures and paintings. It is particularly rich in brassware. Also on display are life-size models showing scenes from everyday village life.
Exhibits not to be missed are the splendid collection of Jaipur glazed pottery, an Egyptian mummy, and the thirty ft by five ft phad, a painted cloth scroll that depicts scenes from the life of a Rajasthani folk hero called Pabuji.
The greatest treasure of this museum is housed in the Darbar Hall. It is the world's largest Persian garden carpet dating back to 1632. This rare carpet is considered to be the oldest and the best of its kind in the world and is kept under lock and key. However, it can be seen on request.