10 April – 20 October 2024
Admission charge. Members go free.
Explore the life of the great Sikh leader Ranjit Singh (1780–1839) in our forthcoming major exhibition, Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King.
With an unwavering sense of destiny, Ranjit Singh conquered the Punjab, an area that today encompasses Pakistan, following a period of anarchy caused by decades of Afghan invasions. By the early 19th century, he emerged as the undisputed Maharaja, establishing the influential Sikh Empire.
Ranjit Singh's leadership led to a golden age marked by thriving trade, flourishing arts, and a formidable army. Discover his story through over 100 stunning artworks, including jewellery and weaponry from the Sikh Empire drawn from major private and public collections.
The exhibition also features historic objects from his court, courtiers, and family, including items owned by the Maharaja and the most famous of his 30 wives, Maharani Jind Kaur. Ranjit Singh: Sikh, Warrior, King is a unique opportunity to see our remarkable collection of Sikh arms and armour alongside other Sikh artworks for the first time.