The origin of Taj Museum goes back to 1906 when it was established at the instance of Lord Curzon(Viceroy of India 1899 to 1905) in two hexagonal rooms on the west side of main entrance gateway to the Taj Mahal. Further, Khan Bahadur Maulvi Zafar Hussan, Honorary Curator and Superintendent, Archaeological Survey, erstwhile Northern Circle, Agra made valuable efforts to develop this Museum.
The exhibits of the Museum at that time include old plans of the Taj Mahal, samples of the stones used in inlay work, old photographs of the Taj Mahal, a few coloured drawings, Farmans (Royal orders), Sanads (land records), specimens of precious stones used in the Construction of Taj Mahal.
Now, Taj Museum is housed in the Western Jal Mahal which is a part of the Taj Mahal complex. It is a double storied building having a quadrangle projection outside in the centre of the middle of western wall and is built on a raised platform. The ground floor housed the museum whereas upper storey is utilized as office.
The full grown museum in its present form was established and started functioning from 18th September, 1982. Presently, the Museum galleries are upgraded accordingly with a view to highlight each subject..
The main aim is to interact with students, visitors/tourist, museum professionals and scholars to high lights our precious antiquities of Mughal Period specially of Shah Jahan’s time and the construction of Taj Mahal.
Totally 121 accessioned antiquities are available at the Museum. The exhibits are mostly related to the construction of Taj Mahal and to the Mughal period. The
antiquities broadly categorized as Mughal miniature paintings, manuscripts, government decrees, specimen of calligraphy (style of writing the Quranic verses), arms, utensils, plans, and drawings of Taj complex, paintings, inlay works, marble pillars from Agra Fort are on display in this Museum.
Few gold and silver coins minted in Akbarabad (Agra) and a commemorative gold coin issued in honour of Taj Mahal by UNESCO in collaboration with Paris Mint in 2010 also on display in the Museum.
Details of Collection:
There are 121 antiquities or object in the collection of Taj Museum out of which 78 object are in display and 43 antiquities are in reserved collection.
Types of Collection :
a) Stone : 05
b) Metal : 11
c) Terracotta : 04
d) Ivory with Wooden Frame : 02
e) Paper : 69
f) Canvas : 02
g) Gold : 02
h) Silver : 19
Wall showcases : 25
Table Showcase : 01
i. Toilets for male & Female : Available within the Taj Mahal complex.
ii. Drinking water
iii. RO plant : R.O. Plants has been installed in different place within Taj Mahal complex and drinking water facilities are available within the monument premises including one R.O. plant and drinking water point at the Mosque near the Museum building But no separate R.O. plant or drinking water facility is available is provided at the Museum due to lack of space.
iv. Facilities for physically handicapped visitors : Wooden ramps and wheel chairs are available within the monument complex at Taj Museum.
v. Photography is prohibited at the Museum.
ASA at Taj museum
1. Shri H.K. Kual
2. Shri P. N. Raizada
3. Dr. G. A. Qamar
4. Shri K.P.S. Bhadoria
5. Shri S. N. Kesharwani
6. Shri C. P. Singh
7. Shri K. K. Sharma
8. Smt. K. A. Kabui