• Museum
About the walk

Patiala, a city with an extraordinarily rich heritage, was  established more than 250 years ago by Raja Ala Singh. However, few people are aware that the city is home to  hidden treasures which are approximately 35 million years old. These fossils are preserved and housed in the Antique Museum, Patiala, which additionally comprises of the personal collection of Sardar Kamarjit Singh Sekhon who spent more than 35 years of his life collecting and preserving  various unique artefacts that depict not just the rich cultural heritage of the city but also of the whole country. The museum includes items such as Christmas chocolate boxes from early twentieth-century England, unique animal-shaped locks and keys, surmedaanis (Kohl boxes) and shingaardaans (make-up kits) as well as a 'magical’ glass which can be folded and fitted into one's pocket.       

Some of the oldest items housed in the museum are fossils, terracotta beads and coins dating back to the twelfth century AD. There is also a huge collection of envelopes, coins and letterheads of various Princely States. Another fascinating item is an antique wood-carved bed which is embellished with painted tiles and mirrors. The second level of the museum is entirely dedicated to various varieties of cacti and a few other plants. A visit to the museum shall be a delight for lovers of history, Punjabi virsa (culture) enthusiasts, anthropologists, archaeologists, botanists, gardening enthusiasts and students from various fields.  

Meeting Time
10:45 am
Event Date
Event Time
11:00 am ~ 01:00 pm
Patiala | 09.02.2020 | 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Treasures of Patiala’s Antique Museum

Led By

Puneet Virk

Meeting Time

10:45 AM

Meeting point

2070A/5, Rajbaha Road, Sewak Colony, Antique Museum

About the walk

Patiala, a city with an extraordinarily rich heritage, was  established more than 250 years ago by Raja Ala Singh. However, few people are aware that the city is home to  hidden treasures which are approximately 35 million years old. These fossils are preserved and housed in the Antique Museum, Patiala, which additionally comprises of the personal collection of Sardar Kamarjit Singh Sekhon who spent more than 35 years of his life collecting and preserving  various unique artefacts that depict not just the rich cultural heritage of the city but also of the whole country. The museum includes items such as Christmas chocolate boxes from early twentieth-century England, unique animal-shaped locks and keys, surmedaanis (Kohl boxes) and shingaardaans (make-up kits) as well as a 'magical’ glass which can be folded and fitted into one's pocket.       

Some of the oldest items housed in the museum are fossils, terracotta beads and coins dating back to the twelfth century AD. There is also a huge collection of envelopes, coins and letterheads of various Princely States. Another fascinating item is an antique wood-carved bed which is embellished with painted tiles and mirrors. The second level of the museum is entirely dedicated to various varieties of cacti and a few other plants. A visit to the museum shall be a delight for lovers of history, Punjabi virsa (culture) enthusiasts, anthropologists, archaeologists, botanists, gardening enthusiasts and students from various fields.  

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Please Note

  • Photography is not allowed in the museum.
  • No parking space is available nearby, we recommend you public transport. 
  • There is no entry fee.
  • There is no board outside the residence that houses the museum. But you may check the location on Google Maps or look for House no. 2070A/5, Rajbaha Road. It is on the Bus Stand and Dukh Niwaran side of the 21 number Phatak. If approached from the Bus stand side of Rajbaha road, it is on the right hand side of the road, thus, a u-turn should be taken from the Phatak.