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Heritage Museum Gunfoundry Hyderabad
The structural edifice in the premises of the Directorate office, i.e., Pavilion was constructed by the Irrigation and Projects department in the year 1976 and handed over to the department of Archaeology & Museums in 1990 with a view to display antiquities and art objects recovered from submergence areas of Yeleswaram and Srisailam Reservoirs of Krishna valley and also to preserve other collections excavated in the state.
Therefore the Srisailam Pavilion was established in the year 1976 in the premises of Director, Archaeology & Museums Dept, Gun Foundry, Hyderabad. The Centenary Heritage Museum showcases terracotta, stucco, prehistoric, megalithic, and iron artifacts, early historic objects, temple sculptures and door-jambs collected from the submergence area of the Srisailam Project.
Art through the Ages
The ground floor displays objects and antiquities such as Terracotta figurines from Kondapur (Medak District), Peddabankur and Dhulikatta (Karimnagar District), Pochampad (Nizamabad District), Serupalli (Mahaboobnagar District), Yeleswaram (Nalgonda District) and Gollathagudi (Mahaboobnagar district). It also includes display of stone, wood, ivory, porcelain objects etc., in the remaining sections. The antiquities and arts objects displayed in the building are systematically organized in accordance to musicological principles.
Pre- Historic Gallery
In this gallery the Paleolithic tools are displayed which shows pre-historic times. The tool kits are organized according to the era such as lower Paleolithic, Middle Paleolithic, Upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic times.
Proto Historic Gallery
A good number of stone and copper items such as polished edges, axes, rubbers, sling ball, Saddle querns etc., and pottery recovered from various parts of state shows the day-to-day life of Neolithic man in terms of tool making technology, domestication of animals, hunting, agriculture, art of pottery making, paintings on the ceilings of caves and caverns. Further the department has conducted excavations at several megalithic burial sites in state such as Chinnamarru, Peddamarru and Uppaladu (Mahaboobnagar district) which are on display. These show the burial practices, religious customs and beliefs of the Megalithic folk during the period.
Early Historic Gallery
In the Early Historic Gallery, priceless antiquities recovered from excavations are on display. The most important objects are beads from Kondapur excavations (Medak district), studied by Sri. K.N. Dikshit. The other antiquities and art objects include iron implements, beads, ivory combs, dice, terracotta moulds, coins, semi precious beads, silver beaded necklace, shell bangles, antimony rods, copper foils and pottery etc., from excavated sites such as Kotilingala, Pedabankur and Dulikatta (Karimnagar District) and Neelakondapalli (Khammam District) etc.
Scale Models Temple Gallery
The high power committee of Srisailam project had selected nearly 44 temples for their relocation to the higher contours of nearby rehabilitated villages in the Srisailam submergence areas of the mid Krishna river valley. The gallery includes scale models of the selected temples for the benefit of scholars and visitors. The department has acquired such scale models of temples and is kept inside the museum.
Premises of the Department of Archaeology & Museums,
Opposite: Lepakshi Art Gallery, Gun Foundry, Abids, Hyderabad
How to Reach
Centenary Heritage Museum, Abids (Hyderabad) is accessible by road due to its location in the heart of Hyderabad. The Museum is located at a distance of approximately,
- 2 km from Nampally Railway station
- 7 km from Secunderabad Railway Station
- 31 km from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
Clean, cool drinking water and rest rooms are available, including seating arrangements in the garden.
The Museum is open from
and closed on Fridays and Public Holidays