Desert Culture

Museum dedicated to Rajasthani heritage, art & customs, with a nightly puppet show.

This interesting little museum tells the history of Rajasthan’s princely states and has exhibits on traditional Rajasthani culture. Features include Rajasthani music (with video), textiles, a kavad mobile temple, and a phad scroll painting depicting the story of the Rajasthani folk hero Pabuji, used by travelling singers as they recite Pabuji’s epic exploits. It also hosts nightly half-hour puppet shows with English commentary. The ticket includes admission to the Jaisalmer Folklore Museum.

Desert cultural center and museum is a place where you will get to know about the rich cultural heritage and customs of Jaisalmer, a popular destination in Rajasthan. So if you are short on time and cannot mug up in library, this is the place to be. The place is well maintained and harbors rare coins and manuscript related to Jaisalmer history and the history of Rajasthan in whole.

This museum has some eye-catching collection of traditional Rajasthani textiles, utensils, weapons, musical instruments and fossils. One thing that is very popular among foreigners is 'Karal', the traditional opium mixing box. The place regularly organizes showcase programs for tourists. Try to get there before the mentioned time in order to avoid rush.

Considered as an important landmark in Jaisalmer, Desert Cultural Centre & Museum exhibits local musical instruments, ancient coins and currency, traditional jewellery of the womenfolk, hunting gear of me, historical displays of rulers, artillery and armour of the bygone era armies. Tourists can enjoy a live puppet show at this place. The place is well maintained by Jaisalmer tourism and has a rare coins related to Jaisalmer history and the past of Rajasthan in whole.

Historical museums are very much important in the present day scenario as they reflect the stories from the past. For all those people who are interested to know about the history of a place, a visit to the nearest museum can be very fruitful. This predicament is justified and applicable most for the Desert Cultural Centre and Museum Jaisalmer. The town of Jaisalmer owes its history to over 900 years back, when the first kingdom was supposedly set up by Jaisal kings in the midst of the desert of Thar. Even though the desert was commonly utilised by caravans to carry out trading activities in India and neighbouring countries, the thought of starting an independent kingdom was first imbibed by the Rajput king, Maharawal Jaisal Singh. He built the Jaisalmer Fort, within which a number of palaces and buildings were constructed to start an independent kingdom. Over the years, many beautiful structures were built by his successors. Bhatti Rajput clan was the most powerful group in this region and had their rule till the 19th and 20th century, even after declaration of Jaisalmer as a princely state. During all those years, plenty of events happened and many successors ascended to the throne of Jaisalmer. In order to capture the essence of their rule and the lifestyle of people in the older days, This Museum would be the best place to visit.


Located close to the Jaisalmer city centre, Desert Culture Centre and Museum houses a large collection of traditional ancient scriptures, artefacts and instruments in addition to a vast collection of weapons, jewellery and handicrafts. The museum is maintained by the tourism department and is a must-visit for history buffs

The Desert Cultural Centre and Museum symbolises the true artistic brilliance and craftsmanship of Jaisalmer. It is located on the Gadi Sagar Road and is very close to the main Jaisalmer city. This museum was established in 1997 and has a wide collection of traditional instruments, medieval coins and ethnic artefacts. This museum also consists of rare fossils, ancient scriptures and royal age coins.

The entire Desert Culture Centre and Museum is maintained by the Tourism Department of Jaisalmer. This department also takes care of the jewellery, weapons and arms in the museum. The museum is very famous among international travellers for the traditional opium mixing box named 'Karal'. There is an extensive collection of rare articles in the museum which include textiles, handicrafts, utensils, manuscripts and many more. Local transport facilities, such as auto rickshaw and rickshaw are available from the fort to reach this museum.