H H Maharaja Jiwaji Rao Scindia Museum

The museum gives an interesting insight into the lifestyle of a powerful princely family. Portraits of the family, its family tree and its flags and insignia, dominate the foyer atop the flight of the steps from the entrance. There are also trophies of the Princes' hunting parties and a gallery of old sculptures.At the other end of the foyer there is a stairway that leads up past an indoor swimming pool to halls with a private breakfast room, dining rooms, offices, rooms with Chippendale furniture, carved blackwood furniture and the living wing of the tiny Chinkoo Raja.

The Chinese room is a room with an intricate stained-glass window. A descending flight of stairs leads to a court with a crystal fountain and the royal coaches. There is another section which holds the formal western-style as well as a formal Indian-style dining room.

The is also an enormous reception area with a coffered and painted ceiling, two huge crystal chandeliers weighing three and a half tons each. To make certain that the roof could take their weight, a one kilometer ramp was built so that eight elephants could amble up and stand on the roof above. The roof held: the chandeliers were hung!

On the furniture, the mouldings, the decorations on the coffered ceilings, picture frames, everywhere where good-taste dictated that it could be used, gold glittered. Five hundred and sixty kilograms of gold leaf were used in this Palace.
H.H.Maharaja Sir Jiwajirao Scindia Museum is established in a part of the Jai Vilas Palace, Gwalior built by H.H.Maharaja Jayajirao Scindia in 1874 and is trully a treat to the eye. The Palace is built combining three different architectural styles Tuscon, Italian and Corinthian with a unique mix of Indian architectural elements harmoniously coexisting at one place.

H.H.Maharaja Sir Jiwajirao Scindia Museum or J.S.M. was established in 1964 in the memory of Late H.H.Maharaja Jiwajirao Scindia who was the last ruler of the Scindia dynasty to rule the State of Gwalior before India became a Republic and all erstwhile kingdoms became its part.

Situated in the Jai Vilas Place, the Scindia Museum has a variety of objects ranging from sculptures, bronze weapon's miniature paintings, manuscripts and coins. Established in 1964, is controlled by a private trust. On view are a variety of objects ranging from sculpture, bronzes, weapons, miniature paintings, manuscripts and coins.

Also displayed are Persian carpets, cutglass and crystal ornaments, Chinese, Japanese and European art and bric-a-brac, Malabar and Madurai woodwork, a mechanical silver train which was used as drinks trolley and the gold painted Durbar Hall.