Location: Jaipur Road
Entry Fee: Indian / foreigner - INR 10 / INR 50
Timings: 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM (Tuesday – Sunday)
One of the most popular museums in Bikaner, Ganga Government Museum was founded in the year 1937 by Maharaja Ganga Singh on the golden jubilee year of his reign. Therefore, it was then named as Ganga Golden Jubilee Museum. The museum was inaugurated on 5th November by Lord Linlithgow, the then Governor General of India. Apart from acquiring various art objects from different parts of the state, the Maharaja also gave a number of wonderful artifacts from his own palace.
The museum is a treasure house of fine collections of historical objects, sculptures, and other wonderful artwork. The displays here follow historical hierarchy. One of the highlights of Ganga Government Museum is the Silk Robe of Shehzada Salim. An exquisite collection of miniature is another famed attraction.
Old photographs, hunting weapons, trophies, cameras of that time, movie projectors, terracotta ware of the Gupta rule, traditional musical instruments, glassware, royal paintings, gold paintings by local artists and miniature models of the Royal Bikaner train, and Gajner Palace as well as Lallgargh Palace are also a part of the amazing collection at Ganga Government Museum. Visitors can also see a number of black and white photographs of India during the British Raj, war weapons of Rajasthan, and priceless sculptures from Harappan ages.
The museum complex also has Anup Library containing valuable and a rare Sanskrit manuscripts dating back to the Deccan rule of Raja Anup Singh during the 17th century, and Litho prints of British Empire.