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it is being managed by the Gujarat Government, the museum is believed to be one of the best among the seven such museums located across Saurashtra region.It was Watson, the British Political Agent in Kathiwad, who made an in-depth study of historical artifacts with the due patronage of the royal families in the region and initiated the documentation of his detailed work. So, it is quite appropriate that the museum is named after him in his honor. It has excellent collections of precious objects from the princely State of Rajkot founded by the Jadeja Rajputs. The collection houses nice paintings and artifacts donated by the various royal families, an extensive memorabilia of Colonial rule and attractive textiles and jewelry depicting the traditions of Bharwads, Ahirs, Darbars and other indigenous people of the province. There is also an interesting collection of Indus Valley Civilization artifacts collected from various sites around the Saurashtra region. The 13th-century carvings, temple statues/idols, costumes and design of the houses of the local tribal people are quite interesting. The Watson Museum also houses an excellent collection of traditional, archaeological items and coins. Also included are invaluable articles, artifacts, photographs, a reference library. The museum has many publications to its credit and they are available for sale at the museum's counter. It was extended and renovated by Maharajah Sayajirao Gaekwad III, continuing the legacy and tradition of his royal family. Yet another fact is part of the palace is being used as a training school called No.17 Tetra School by the Indian Air Force.
The Watson museum, for convenient public viewing, is divided into various sections such as paintings and manuscripts, textile, inscription, sculptures, coins, anthropology, folk embroidery and handicraft, musical instruments, woodwork, natural history and rocks and minerals. An important annual event that takes place in the museum is known as the Bhartiya Shilp Samruddhi. It is a week-long celebration that takes place here during the second week of January. It is well attended by the people.