Kashmir’s lone Shri Pratap Singh Museum is known as a treasure trove for art lovers and history enthusiasts as it houses rare artifacts and items of historical significance, showcasing the cultural heritage of the state. Situated on the banks of river Jhelum in Lal Mandi area, the museum was established in 1898 AD by then Dogra ruler of Jammu and Kashmir, Maharaja Pratap Singh, in his summer guest house, largely based on collections transferred from the state ‘Toshkhana’ (palace treasury). A century later, the museum got a new building adjacent to the old one.
Though it has not been completed yet, the museum has been thrown open for public recently owing to widespread demands from different quarters. The foundation stone of the new building was laid in 2008 by then chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and the construction project was handed over to the Police Housing Corporation (PHC), which was scheduled to complete it in two years’ time.
Approximately 80,000 artifacts and objects ranging from archaeological items, sculptures, numismatics items, decorative art, weapons, paintings, anthropological and natural history items and textiles are housed in the museum.