Victoria Jubilee Museum named to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Victoria was built in the year of the coronation in 1877 and is located in Vijayawada, amaravati region.
The museum attracts many visitors especially those who are interested in history and archaeology as it houses a worthy assortment of art and artifacts such as sculpture, paintings, idols, pottery, jewellery, tools and weapons from different historic periods, cutlery and inscriptions on tablets and manuscripts. There are relics from Neolithic age collected from excavations in nearby areas. Carefully conserved artifacts that are found to be more than 2000 years old and which are important markers of Buddhist history are showcased here. The Archaeology Department and the Archaeological Survey of India are responsible for most of the treasure found here and also look after the museum.
In recent history, in the year 1921, Mahatma Gandhi presided over the Congress Party meeting here in and the tricolour flag with the Charkha or the spinning wheel was first introduced as the Party symbol.
The Victoria Jubilee Museum is open to the public on all days except Friday and Public Holidays between 11 AM - 1 PM and 2 PM - 6 pm in summer and 10 AM - 1 PM and 2 PM - 5 PM in winter. There is no Admission free to see the Museum. Photography is strictly prohibited.
Apart from the general exhibits that are shown in most museums such as weapons, arms and tools, utensils and pottery, objects made of stone and copper, coins, textiles, inscriptions on stone or etched on metal, terracotta statutes, ceramics, bronze figurines, manuscripts and so many objects recovered from excavations of historical sites. There are items such as tools, implements and weapons made of stone and metal from the pre-historic Neolithic area .
There are some very beautiful objects that are found to be from the 4th or 5th century AD such as astriking sculpture of Lord Shiva. Among the main attractions in Victoria Jubilee Museum are a huge statue of Buddha made of granite and a white limestone statuette of the standing Buddha; both statues have been found to be from the 3rd to 4th century AD in Alluru a small town which is an archaeological site.
There is a good collection of art in the museum with a big painting of Empress Victoria and copies of several European Masters.
Even outdoors in the garden there are statues of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, inscriptions and also placed in a circle are tombstones of some Dutch who died here in the 17thcentury.
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