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Government Museum Of Jaisalmer

The Government Museum of Jaisalmer is one the main attractions for visitors to this part of Rajasthan, the premier tourist destination of India. The museum is conveniently located on the Police Line, close to the Rajasthan Tourism and Development Corporation’s Moomal Hotel and is to the west of the equally popular Jaisalmer Fort.

History

The Government Museum of Jaisalmer is the dream child of the Department of Archeology and Museum which was opened for public viewing on 19th February, 1984. The key areas of attraction in the museum are the amazing collection of marine fossils and wood fossils. They are important pointers to the geological history of the region and are extremely helpful from a scientific point of view. Visitors can also enjoy a grand visual feast of the amazing sculptures from the ancient places of Lodurva and Kiradu which is believed to be from 12th century.

What to Look for Inside the Museum

The archeology department has taken lots of trouble in assimilating and displaying the various types of common marine fossils. These fossils were part of the prehistoric seas and retrieved from their buried state in shale, limestone, and sandstone. Some of the fossils are more than 150 million years ago and dates back to the Jurassic period. Visitors can make a clear distinction from the numerous invertebrates with hard body shells and prehistoric vertebrate animals in the fossil record. The museum also displays many soft bodied animals including various types of worms and sea anemones.

Visitors will find a visit to the Government Museum of Jaisalmer very enlightening and educational as the exhibits are captioned and details provided in many Indian languages. The museum is also home to about 72 brilliant and visually stunning stone sculptures, eight rare inscriptions, 65 ancient and priceless coins, 13 old paintings and hundreds of exquisitely embroidered dresses. The expertise in arts and crafts of the people of the region is captured in the handicrafts displayed prominently in the museum.

How to Reach

By Road

Jaisalmer is well-connected by road to other major districts of the state and national capitals. There are private as well as state run buses plying on the route. Private cars and cabs are also available.

By Rail

Jaisalmer railway station is a developing one and has only meter gauge trains. There are trains that run at regular frequency and connect Jaisalmer with Jaipur and with other key cities of Rajasthan and the neighboring states.

By Air

The nearest airport, Jodhpur is located 300 km away.

Visiting Time

The Government Museum of Jaisalmer is open on all days except Fridays and holidays. Entry is free for all on Mondays. On other days the entry fee for Indians is INR and INR 50 for foreigners. Indian students can enjoy a concessional entry fee of INR 2 while for foreign students the fee in INR 25.

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