Informative and interesting Jhansi Museum || A good place to spend a couple of hours and gain knowledge about the history of Bundelkhand

Even though the Jhansi Museum in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, is dedicated to the famous Queen of Jhansi, Rani Laxmibai, the museum actually has a lot more to offer. One cannot make out from the building's façade or even from the lack of talk about the museum, but the museum actually has a considerable collection of artefacts from various periods of history.


Even though the Jhansi Museum in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, is dedicated to the famous Queen of Jhansi, Rani Laxmibai, the museum actually has a lot more to offer. One cannot make out from the building's façade or even from the lack of talk about the museum, but the museum actually has a considerable collection of artefacts from various periods of history.

And this statue of a dinosaur has nothing to do with the contents of the museum, but it seems to be customary to associate a museum with a dinosaur. I do feel though that a statue of the Jhansi ki Rani or some other Bundela Royal would have been more suited.

And this statue of a dinosaur has nothing to do with the contents of the museum, but it seems to be customary to associate a museum with a dinosaur. I do feel though that a statue of the Jhansi ki Rani or some other Bundela Royal would have been more suited. 


As are most tourist places in Jhansi, the entry ticket to this museum is also very reasonable if you are an Indian citizen. However, even for foreign tourists, it is quite reasonable. The ticket prices is Rs. 5 for Indians, Rs. 25 for foreigners and an additional Rs. 20 for if you intend to take your camera inside.

As are most tourist places in Jhansi, the entry ticket to this museum is also very reasonable if you are an Indian citizen. However, even for foreign tourists, it is quite reasonable. The ticket prices is Rs. 5 for Indians, Rs. 25 for foreigners and an additional Rs. 20 for if you intend to take your camera inside. 


The museum is situated inside the Fort of Jhansi walls and one can park inside the complex if there is space. There is no additional charge. While we were there, there was plenty of space because there were hardly any visitors because of the pandemic. Also, worth knowing is that the museum is closed on Mondays and on second Saturdays.


The museum is situated inside the Fort of Jhansi walls and one can park inside the complex if there is space. There is no additional charge. While we were there, there was plenty of space because there were hardly any visitors because of the pandemic. Also, worth knowing is that the museum is closed on Mondays and on second Saturdays.  


There are some accounts of the museum having being built in the late 19th century, but this seems very unlikely to me because the building looks very modern. It could have been that some part of it was constructed in the late 19th century but has since been renovated. Or may be people confuse it with the Rani Mahal, which definitely looks older and can be a 19th century structure.

There are some accounts of the museum having being built in the late 19th century, but this seems very unlikely to me because the building looks very modern. It could have been that some part of it was constructed in the late 19th century but has since been renovated. Or may be people confuse it with the Rani Mahal, which definitely looks older and can be a 19th century structure.


As expected, the museum has sculptures, terracotta figurines, paintings, and other artefacts to depict the life of Rani Laxmibai and the war that she so valiantly fought against the British to retain her and her son's rights on the Fort of Jhansi and the throne.

As expected, the museum has sculptures, terracotta figurines, paintings, and other artefacts to depict the life of Rani Laxmibai and the war that she so valiantly fought against the British to retain her and her son's rights on the Fort of Jhansi and the throne. 

 
There are also assemblages of statues representing the lifestyle of those times and also the various important moments of the Queen's life. There are several impressive portraits of the important personalities of those times.

There are also assemblages of statues representing the lifestyle of those times and also the various important moments of the Queen's life. There are several impressive portraits of the important personalities of those times.


Not only does the museum have an impressive collection from the lifetime of Rani Laxmibai, it also has relics from older times, dating as far back as 4th century CE. There are galleries after galleries dedicated to certain themes or times or types of artefacts.

Not only does the museum have an impressive collection from the lifetime of Rani Laxmibai, it also has relics from older times, dating as far back as 4th century CE. There are galleries after galleries dedicated to certain themes or times or types of artefacts. 

 
There is also a gallery dedicated to the Gupta period, which stretched from 4th century CE to 6th century CE. There are art-pieces, manuscripts, coins etc from the period that any history buff would love to look at.

There is also a gallery dedicated to the Gupta period, which stretched from 4th century CE to 6th century CE. There are art-pieces, manuscripts, coins etc from the period that any history buff would love to look at. 


Apart from the Gupta Period, there are also paintings, sculptures, coins and artefacts from Chandela, Bundela, and British periods. There is also an excellent collection of arms and ammunition that were used by the freedom fighters during the revolt of 1857 and by the East India Complany and the British Army. Swords, guns, bullets - everything is out here on display.

Apart from the Gupta Period, there are also paintings, sculptures, coins and artefacts from Chandela, Bundela, and British periods. There is also an excellent collection of arms and ammunition that were used by the freedom fighters during the revolt of 1857 and by the East India Complany and the British Army. Swords, guns, bullets - everything is out here on display. 

 
We spent close to two hours in this museum and it was fun. The museum is clean, well-maintained, and informative. We learnt a great deal about the region's history from the museum. It is definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in Jhansi.

We spent close to two hours in this museum and it was fun. The museum is clean, well-maintained, and informative. We learnt a great deal about the region's history from the museum. It is definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in Jhansi.

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