Many erstwhile palaces have now been converted into museums. This helps preserving the heritage of the entire state. The rulers had brought many rural artifacts, displayed many customs on cloth, utencils and other fabrics, manuscripts etc. A few popular museums are:
The SPS or Sri Pratap Singh Museum
Has a wealthy stockpile of items from Gilgit, Baltistan and Kashmir, this museum in Srinagar is located at Lal Mandi. Built in 1899 by Maharaja Pratap Singh it stood graciously behind the Jhelum river.
Gold Plated Bow & Arrow at Dogra Museum
Displayed here are over 800 rare works of art from Jammu, Kangra and Basoli. Mughal King Shah Jehan’s gold-plated bow-and-arrow speaks for itself.
Amar Mahal Museum
Located in Jammu, it was the residence of the erstwhile King Amar Singh. It is fully made of red sand stone which really stands on its own and gleams in sunlight.