The Lady Wilson Museum Dharampur

The Lady Wilson Museum Dharampur

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Introduction

The Lady Wilson Museum, Dharampur, located in the Valsad District, is the biggest Multi-Disciplinary Museum of South Gujarat. In 1262 CE, Ramsinh a prince of the Sisodia dynasty of Udaipur Mewar, having defeated the tribal chief Nathorat, conquered the forested hilly terrain on the northwestern fringes of the Sahyadri’s and established an independent kingdom as Ramnagar. In 1766, Dharamdevaji of the same dynasty established a new capital by renaming Ramnagar as Dharampur. .


His grandson Maharana Mohandevji, to commemorate the 25th years of his rule, built a beautiful Silver Jubilee Hall in Indo-Saracenic style, which was inaugurated by The Maharaja Jam Saheb Shree Sir Ranjit Singhji Bahadur of Navanagar on 22nd May, 1921. In January, 1928 Lord Lesley Wilson, Governor of Bombay Presidency happened to visit Dharampur. To honor him; the son and successor of Mohandevji, Maharana Vijaydevji converted the Silver Jubilee Hall into a Museum, which was inaugurated by Lady Wilson on 31st January, 1928, and thereafter, Silver Jubilee Hall came to be known as The Lady Wilson Museum.



The credit of acquiring most of the collection of the Lady Wilson Museum goes to Vijaydevji, who displayed all his gifts and purchases made during his 10 years of foreign tours from 1927 to 1937. Purchase of exhibits from the industrial fairs of the native states of Gujarat- Saurashtra were also handed over to the Museum. Coins and sculptures came through the Treasure Trove whereas, the other museum objects were acquired by different means of acquisitions such as fieldwork and art purchase.

Collection

The Lady Wilson Museum has collection of approximately 11,000 artifacts, which are displayed in 9 galleries over two floors.


1.NATURAL HISTORY GALLERY

This Gallery has sub - sections like Geology, Marine life, Aves, Reptiles, Mammals etc. which display specimens such as Stuffed Birds, Snakes, Wild Animals, Skins of wild animals, Wet Preserved Specimens etc. The prized collection of this section is the Skeleton of Blue Whale. Tigers and Panthers of Dharampur region, Bottled specimens of Oyster, Skin of Himalayan Panther, Head of Rhinoceros and the Gold stone of the Kolar Mines, Karnataka are worth watching.

2.DOLL SECTION

This section contains toys and dolls from various countries of world. Most of the dolls are in their traditional attire and have been displayed in their natural environs.


3.PHILATELIC AND ARMS SECTION

The display exhibits of the philatelic section are postal stamps, covers and postal stationeries from about 30 countries, collected by Vijaydevji, exhibited in framed panels. In the Arms section, weapons from the royal collection of Dharampur are exhibited. Display includes the crescent shaped axe of the tribal warriors, Silver mounted camel gun of Mogul soldiers, Gold inlaid steel shield, Rhino hide shield and sword of the Lepcha soldier of Darjeeling.

4.SCULPTURES SECTION

The bronze idol of sun of 7th century CE and Surya Sculpture of 10th century CE are very rare and highly valuable art works of this section.

5.FOREIGN ART GALLERY

This section houses the collection acquired by Vijaydevaji during his foreign tours. Display includes popular European Crafts such as glass work, porcelain and ceramics. Wood carvings, Lacquer work, Buddhist icons etc. from South and South east Asian countries - China, Japan and Thailand are also on display. The large seated gold-plated Buddha and a food container are prized possessions of this gallery.

6.INDIAN ART GALLERY

Display includes the collection acquired by Vijaydevaji during various industrial exhibitions organized by the British authorities in which most of the native states used to participate. Noteworthy Exhibits of this gallery includes the glazed wares of chunar, Toy pottery of Kachchh region, Bead work of Saurashtra, Christian icons from Union Territory Daman, Wood work of Surat and South India and lvory work of Mysore.

7.MINIATURE PAINTING GALLERY

This section possesses significant Miniatures, Oil Paintings, Thangka Paintings and Glass Paintings. The Ragamala Paintings of Bundi School of Art and Oil Paintings of M.B Sawant of Bombay School of Art; are important exhibits of this gallery.

8.MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS GALLERY

This section displays a large number of Tribal, Folk, Indian and Foreign musical instruments collected by the Maharaja Vijaydevji and his brother Prabhatdevji. The Vichitra Veena, Tausm Sarangi, Jalatarangan, Proto type of Kashmiri Santoor from Turkey and Tribal Bamboo spell instruments from Java are some of the noteworthy collections.

9.ANTHROPOLOGY GALLERY

The first floor of the museum building has been devoted to the anthropological collections which is further divided into three sub sections- Physical Anthropology, Foreign Ethnology and Indian Ethnology. a. Physical Anthropology Section The story of human evolution is showcased in this section using photographs, charts and cutouts. b. Foreign Ethnology Section In this section, Civilizations and Cultures across the world are portrayed. c. Indian Ethnology Section Indian Ethnology Section showcases the dioramas of 16 different tribes of India and Dharampur region. A walk-in diorama of a cultivated forest representing tribal habitat is on outdoor display.

Additional Information

a. Address: Garden road, Dharampur, District Valsad, Gujarat 396050, Phone no: 02633-242055 1
b. Museum Timings: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (For visitors) Museum remains closed on every Wednesday and 16 National Holidays.


ADMISSION FEES

Rs.1 for Indian National
Rs.50 for Foreign visitors
Rs.100 for Photography (Mobile & Camera)
Rs.500 for Video Camera

Gallery

DIAROMA -- BHILLS
Early 20th Century CE

DIAROMA - PADAM
Arunachal Pradesh
Early 20th Century CE

TURBAN - PARSIS (ZOROASTRIANS)
Early 20th Century CE
Bombay

WARLI HOUSE
Early 20th Century CE

TARAPA DANCE -WARLI PAINTING
20th Century CE

NAGPANCHAMI -WARLI PAINTING
Early 20th Century CE
Dharampur

ARMLET
Brass,
Early 20th Century CE

ARMLET
Silver
Early 20th Century CE
Vapi (Valsad district) Gujarat

GAJARU
German Silver
Early 20th Century CE
Dang district South Gujarat ARMLET
Silver
Early 20th Century CE
Vapi (Valsad district) Gujarat

PAIR OF BANGLES
German Silver
Early 20th Century CE
Kathiawad, Saurashtra Region, Gujarat

DOUBLE CHAIN NECKLACE
German Silver
Early 20th Century CE,

MARRIAGE SCENE
Early 20th Century CE,

LAPLANDER’S KNIFE Norway, Early 20th Century CE

DAGGER
Port-Sudan, Early 20th Century CE.

DAGGER
Port-Sudan, Early 20th Century CE.

DIORAMA OF DOLLS – FINLAND
Early 20th CE

DIORAMA OF DOLLS – SOFIA, BULGARIA
Early 20th Century CE

DIORAMA OF DOLLS – NORWAY
Early 20th Century CE

DIORAMA OF DOLLS – UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA
Early 20th Century CE

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