The famous museum; Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery, was built in 1894 on the lines of Victoria and Albert and Science Museums of London. The museum followed the style of Indo-Saracen architecture design in building the museum. The general outline of the museum building is in conformity with the traditional local Maratha architecture wooden framework filled with brick walls. But the ground floor has the pure European style. The south porch rising in vast flights is decorated with early and later Mughal forms.
The museum and the picture gallery are two separate two-storied buildings. The total floor area of both the building is about forty thousand square feet. The building preserves many masterpieces and a rich collection of art, sculpture, ethnography and ethnology. Several of the paintings are sign of true brilliance in the section of picture gallery.
The picture gallery offers an excellent collection of originals by famous British Painters Turner and constable and many others. The Egyptian mummy and skeleton of blue whale are the major attraction. Other treasure includes the famous Akota Bronzes dating the 5th century AD and a collection of Mughal Miniatures, a full-fledged gallery of Tibetan art and oils. The place hypnotizes with the artifacts bringing flavor across the world into a single plate and perhaps this is the reason where tourist attraction is much more in vigor.