Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum Of Natural History
Museum / Gallery
At a distance of 3.5 km from Ranthambore National Park and 6.5 km from Sawai Madhopur Railway Station, the Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History is a museum situated at Ramsinghpura village of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. It is the fourth Regional Museum of Natural History in India after Mysore, Bhopal and Bhubaneswar.
The honourable Vice President of India, Hamid Ansari laid the foundation of Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History in December 2007 and was inaugurated in 2014. The museum was undertaken by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. Spread in 7.2 acres of land, the museum is tastefully designed and aims at creating awareness of diverse life on earth.
There are three floors in the museum, with exhibits on plants, livestock, mineral resources and geology of the western region and western dry area of India. As if now, only the ground floor is operational with a well-laid exhibition on the wildlife in Ranthambore and the famed Ranthambore Fort. The main visitor attractions are the facsimile of animals such as chinkara, leopard, lion, and tiger. There are village dioramas of the Bishnoi community and Rajasthan rural area. The museum also has a pottery stall and an art gallery, where visitors can witness live pottery making and painting. These items are available for the sale as well.
There is a library in a hall opposite the reception area, where visitors can read books on wildlife of western India, biodiversity of Rajasthan and more. The museum is likely to provide educational and extracurricular activities for schools while depicting the understanding or interrelationship between plants and animal. The museum has appointed two naturalists to assist visitors. An auditorium accommodating 300 people has also been constructed for deliberate seminars and wildlife documentary presentations.
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM on all days except on Mondays and National Holidays