Set in a picturesque setting of Himalayas, Amar Mahal Museum and Library, is an epitome of royal grandeur and magnificence. It is a repository of books and paintings and attracts art lovers and historians from all over the world. The museum building forms the major part of the majestic Amar Palace, which has a French touch in its architectural style. A veritable storehouse of historical documents, it has rich collection of exhibits, including sculptures, paintings, inscriptions and books. The Durbar Hall exhibits the paintings and artworks of the Dogra rulers and the Golden Throne, the highlight of the museum, is a symbol of great historic significance.
The books in the Library range from religion, philosophy and political
science to fiction besides the various bestsellers international
authors. Housed in the first and second floors of Amar Mahal, the
library houses over twenty thousand books collected by Dr. Karan Singh
over the last fifty years, including some rare volumes from the Library
of Raja Amar Singh. Visitors are often attracted to the suite once
occupied by Maharani (later Maharajmata) Tara Devi, which has been
preserved almost exactly as it was when she resided there, complete with
the silver bedspread, the period furniture and photographs, her personal
items of clothing and the unique Victorian bathroom. The decoration
Crown of India, which she received in 1945, is also displayed there.
The Art Galleries of the Amar Mahal aim to promote Indian art and
artists and present a spectacular picture in informal surroundings.
Endowed with ethnicity and a soft touch of contemporary art setting, the
galleries exhibit the collection of paintings ranging over different
styles. These include Kangra style of Indian miniatures paintings and
also the contemporary collection including works of renowned artists
like M.F. Hussain, J. Swaminathan, G. R. Santosh, Bikash Battacharjee,
Ram Kumar, Laxman Pai and many others.
Amar Mahal museum and library is an epitome of royal grandeur and magnificence.