In all historical monuments in Gwalior, Jai Vilas Palace is a most magnificent architecture of the city. It is made in the nineteenth century. In the year 1874. It is made by Maharaja of Gwalior Shrimad Jiyaji Rao Scindia of Scindia dynasty of Gwalior. The cost of construction at that time was rupees 1 crore (1,00,00,000). It was designed and built in European architecture by Sir Michael Filose. The palace is a combination of three architectural styles. The first floor of the palace is built in Tuscan style, the second floor is built in the Italian-Doric style and the third floor is built in Corinthian style.
It is famous for its Durbar Hall which is also a part of Jai Vilas Palace Museum. Interiors of Durbar Hall has decorations in gold furnishings. A pair of gigantic chandeliers is the most attractive decorations of this Durbar Hall. This pair of chandeliers is the largest in the world. Each chandelier is about 3.5 tons in weight. To test the strength of ceiling of Darbar Hall, about 9 elephants were taken to the floor above Darbar Hall before hanging these heavy chandeliers to the ceiling of the Darbar Hall. The ceiling of darbar hall is 41 feet high. The hall is 50 feet in width and 100 feet in length.
Museum opening hours:
10:00am- 4:45pm (April- September)
10:00am- 4:30pm (October- March)
Ticket fee:(With effect from 1st April 2017)
Indian visitor: Rs.140
Foreign visitor: Rs.800
Camera/Mobile charge: Rs.100
Videocam charge: Rs.150
The above amount to prevail till revision.
*Free entry to children upto 05 years
**Free entry to physical challenged persons.
25% special discount for school/ educational institutions. Kindly bring official letter along with student details issued by institution.
Cloakrooms available- free.
Meant for keeping cellphones, umbrellas and small bags etc. Kindly avoid to carry bulky luggage.
Tour guide are available on payment directly to guides hired.
The museum will be closed on the following days:-
26 Jan, Republic Day
15 Aug, Independence Day
Holi, 2 days
Deepawali, 2 days