The chateau like building, known as Amar Mahal overlooking the Tawi river and commanding a picturesque view of the mountain ranges behind, houses the Amar Mahal Museum & Library. Planned by a French architect in 1862, the Amar Mahal was built by Raja Amar Singh in 1890s. Maharani Tara Devi, wife of late Maharaja Hari Singh (son of Raja Amar Singh), resided in this palace for many years. After her death in 1967, her son Dr. Karan Singh and his wife Mrs. Yasho Rajya Lakshmi decided to convert Amar Mahal into a major repository of books and works of art. He donated Amar Mahal to Hari-Tara Charitable Trust for housing a museum and a library. The museum was formally inaugurated on April 13, 1975 by the then Prime Minister, late Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Encouraging artistic talent, to establish fine arts centre and to collaborate with other like minded institutions for promotion of Indian arts are some of the aims stated in the mission statement of the museum. Amar Mahal Museum and Library, over the last twenty-four years, has certainly achieved these objectives and has enhanced its role. Its increased attendance and the expanded scope of its collaborations with various institutionsfrom scholarly exchanges to workshops and exhibitions attest to its vitality and maturity. Guided tours, book readings, lectures, film shows and hobby classes are some of the other visitor friendly activities that makes a visit to the museum an enriching experience.
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