Maharaja Fatesingh Museum - Vadodara
The collection of Maharaja Fatesingh Museum Trust is in the school building situated in the Lukshmi Villas Palace compound, formerly known as the Motibaug School built in 1875 for Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III. Maharaja Pratapsinghrao Gaekwad and later Maharaja Fatesinghrao Gaekwad, the founder of the trust, as well as other members of the royal family including Maharaja Ranjitsinh Gaekwad completed their schooling here. After appropriately redesigning the existing school building to house the art treasures, Dr. H. Goetz, a renowned museum director and an expert art historian, was engaged to arrange the display of this museum.
Today the lush Lukshmi Villas gardens add greatly to the quiet and serene atmosphere of the museum. The museum was opened to the public in April, 1961 by Nawab Mehndi Nawaz Jung, the then governor of Gujarat.The museum collection consists of objects d’arts collected by the Gaekwads of Baroda, Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III (1875-1939), the visionary of Baroda city. It is during his reign that Baroda made great strides in all round development and was recognized as one of the foremost and most progressive states of India. This great ruler consulted various renowned artists of Indian subcontinent and Europe to choose art pieces to decorate the various palaces in Baroda and other palaces in India. It is his efforts and interests that inspired Maharaja Fatesinghrao Gaekwad to create this trust and the museum to preserve this great treasure and make it available to the public for their admiration and education.Raja Ravi Varma, a prince from the Travancore state who was the first Indian to use oil as a painting medium, was called to Baroda. In his style of painting Ravi Varma diverged from the prevailing trend by employing the European tradition of painting for Indian themes. Some of his outstanding paintings on mythological subjects and portraits of the Baroda Royal Family gives an idea of the time spent by this artist in Baroda. The versatile Venetian artist, Felici, was employed by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in the court to advise in the purchase of western objects d’arts and to create some for the various palaces. Felici created many bronzes, marbles and oils, some of which are exhibited in this outstanding museum. The collections of foreign art consist of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and enamel, bronzes and paintings exhibited in the western gallery; copies of famous Greek and Roman sculptures are displayed in the eastern gallery; European oil paintings (two halls, two rooms and the south gallery) one room equipped with 18th century French furniture; copies of 17th and 18th century master paintings and a gallery of European applied art, mainly porcelain and glass. The European sculptures and paintings comprise copies of famous masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, and original works belonging to the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. In 2000, the Maharaja Fatesingh Museum Trust displayed the Gaekwad collection of the works of Raja Ravi Varma to celebrate its centenary year. The renowned artist spent several years in Baroda on several trips to paint commissioned works ordered by the enlightened connoisseur Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, at whose investiture the artist was first invited. One of the ideas was to put together the entire collection of some of the best works done by the artist but also to start an activity in the comparatively small but exquisitely arranged art gallery standing in the Lukshmi Vilas Palace campus amongst some of the exquisite natural environment. In 2003, the major collection of Raja Ravi Varma was taken to the prestigious National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai and since then the museum has organized various exhibitions. Today museums all over the globe are active in organizing such types of exhibition to attract visitors. Visit to these temples of art is a must as a visitor.
ENTRY FEES: The museum ticket is priced as follows- Rs 60 for Indian Nationals, Rs 150/- for foreign nationals, Rs 40 for children & Rs 400/- for a group of 20 school children.
MUSEUM TIMINGS– 10:30 am to 05:30 pm
Museum Address – Maharaja Fatesingh Museum Trust, Lukshmi Villas Palace Estate, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg , Vadodara – 390001 ,
The Museum has recently (May 8th 2015) inaugurated a headgear gallery where vibrant headgear's from Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra collected by Maharaja Ranjitsinh Gaekwad are displayed. This makes the Museum one of the very few Museums in the country to have a gallery dedicated to headgear's.