Rajasthan school of Arts was originally the residence of Pandit Shivdeen, a minister of erstwhile Jaipur State during the reign of Sawai Raja Ram Singh II from 1825 to 1830. It opened in 1857 as Madarsa-e-Hunarior the Institute of arts under the patronage of Sawai Raja Ram Singh II. It is the oldest institution in the state to promote art and culture and is one of the pioneers in the tourist craft industry of Jaipur. The name changed to Maharaja School of Arts and Crafts in 1886. It was succeeded by Rajasthan School of Arts, which was set up in the building in 1988, which was functional in this building till 2016.
The building is located in Kishan Pole Bazar, in the walled city area of Jaipur and is approximately 100 meters from AjmeriGate. It has roughly around 64 big and small rooms with 2 large halls and is 4 storied on the corners. The total carpet area is approximately 10,000 sq. meters.
Jaipur Smart CityLimited has taken up this project so that the heritage building can in restored in all the aspects using the techniques which were implied in making the building. The restoration work has been done using the traditional material. These include things like lime plaster(mixture of lime putty, coarse sand, Surkhi with admixtures like Gur, Methi and Gugal),Kara, Khameera (a mixture of yellow sand called ramrajj and yellow stone gum called pevar with kesulaflowers), lime dhar(lime mortar reinforced with jute fibres) etc.
The work was completed by September 2017 and it was handed over to Amber Development Authority for adaptive reuse of this building as a museum. The building was opened for public on 9th December 2017 as “Museum of Legacies”. The aim of opening an indigenous art museum is to exclusively display rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan, with a diverse collection that includes everything from textile, jewelry, stoneware and inlay work, painting, pottery and other art forms. Apart from this indigenous art from different parts of India would also be exhibited. For future there are plans to have art workshops, special summer programs for students, live performances and cultural events. This has been developed as a very inclusive space to cater to locals and tourist alike.
At presents “Museum of Legacies” has opened with 5 primary galleries. Each has been allotted to an individual who has been instrumental in the art and culture scene of India.
Apart from these galleries, there is a space dedicated to two larger than life puppets, made by a well-known puppeteer Vicky Bhatt, that represent the much-loved traditional art form of Rajasthani puppetry.
The museum hopes to be a microcosm of the best of Indian artistic practice.