Desert Cultural Centre & Museum
Museum / Gallery
At a distance of 1 km from Jaisalmer Fort and 1.5 km from Jaisalmer Railway Station, the Desert Cultural Centre & Museum is located on the Gadisagar Road in Jaisalmer. It is one of the popular tourist attractions in Jaisalmer.
The museum was established by Mr. N. K. Sharma in the year 1997. The Desert Cultural Centre and Museum exhibits the art, craft and culture of Jaisalmer beautifully. The museum has a large collection of traditional instruments, medieval coins and ethnic artifacts. This is the treasure trove of ethnic Rajasthani jewellery, handicrafts, weapons and fossil works. The museum is maintained by the Tourism Department of Jaisalmer and is a must-visit for history buffs.
Various musical instruments and folk dance related costumes can be found in this museum. Costumes of the erstwhile maharajas and maharanis can also found in the museum. Kitchen tools and culinary tools can be found here, while the Rajasthani arts are presented in the walls, which belonged to painters from different era. There are sculptures made from sandstone and terracotta, collected from different regions of Rajasthan.
The museum is very famous among international travellers for the traditional opium mixing box known as 'Karal'. These showpieces showcase the rich cultural heritage of Jaisalmer desert people. It also features a small book shop from where you can buy literature on the city of Jaisalmer. The highlight of this place is the hour-hour puppet show which takes place in the evening with English commentary. It is a delightful program that both children, as well as adults, can enjoy equally.
Timings: 10 AM to 8 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 for Indians, Rs. 30 for Foreigners, and Rs. 20 for Camera
Puppet Show: Rs. 30 for Indians, and Rs. 50 for Foreigners