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State Museum Hyderabad
The State Museum located in Public Gardens, Hyderabad, is one of the richest repositories of antiquities and art objects in the country. The present Museum building reflects the Indo-Islamic architecture with subtle domes, high arches, stylistic windows and projected eves.
Archeologist Henry Cousens was the first person to explore the site during the beginning of the 19th century, and later the mound was excavated which was done under the supervision of Nizam of Hyderabad. The excavated items were placed in a museum built on the ancient site in 1920s by Mir Osman Ali Khan, VII Nizam. The Museum was formally inaugurated in the year 1931. The Nizam had contributed his personnel collection of art objects along with the antiquities recovered from his dominion for display. The Hyderabad Museum was subsequently renamed, as the State Museum under the Department of Archaeology & Museums.
The Museum showcases Hindu, Jain & Buddhist sculptures and bronzes, decorative art objects, paintings (copies of Ajanta, Chugtai, Miniature and Modern) and 18th-19th century objects in a Period Room. The museum's main attraction is its 2,353-year old Egyptian mummy, reportedly brought to Hyderabad by the son-in-law of VI Nizam Mahbub Ali Khan, who had then donated it to the last Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan. He reportedly acquired this for a sum of 1000 pounds. There is also a huge gallery on Buddha and it has a wide variety of archaeological artifacts gathered from the Nizam era and Kakatiya dynasty.
Interpretation centre will help the State Museum located in Public Gardens, Hyderabad, in connecting with the tech savvy era and project its attributes as one of the richest repositories of antiquities and art objects in the country. It contributes for viewing all the information, exhibits, artefacts and galleries through digital format, which enhances the user experience. In advanced information age, this can enhance the scope and activities of the state museum as well as in reaching out to more visitors. The multi touch interface imparts a sense of feel among the visitors who would not only view these exhibits but also feel the rich legacy where they become part of the wonderful experience. LED televisions usher an impressive viewer experience which is a value add for a museum of repute like State Museum, Hyderabad.
The museum with some of the impressive and famous exhibits such as Egyptian Mummy, important Buddhist and Jain relics, Buddhist gallery, Coins of the Satavahana period, Brahmanical and Jain gallery, Arms and armour gallery, sculptures, Numismatics gallery, Ajanta gallery, Bronze figures from the Vijayanagar and Chola periods, Roman era coins, etc offers a visually delightful experience for the visitors. The applications in the Interactive Interpretation center will usher a new identity for the museum in the social media generation and appeals to one and all through the use of such effective visual mediums.
- Egyptian Mummy
- Important Buddhist and Jain relics
- Buddhist gallery
- Coins of the Satavahana period
- Brahmanical and Jain gallery
- Arms and armour gallery
- Sculptures of different periods
- Ninth and tenth century Jain figures (particularly the goddess Ambika)
- Numismatics gallery
- Ajanta gallery
- Bronze figures from the Vijayanagar and Chola periods
- Roman era coins
- Copies of Buddhist murals from Ajanta Caves
The collection is spread across two floors of the heritage building, two floors of semi circular galleries, in a separate contemporary art pavilion building and in an annex building located behind. The Sculpture Garden Gallery displays 93 sculptures and architectural items dating from Satavahana (2nd century B.C.) to the Post Vijayanagara period (17th century A.D.) in different stone media. In the Garden, two four pillar mandapas belonging to Kakatiya and Vijayanagara times, a number of Veergals (Hero Stones), Panchaloha, Iron Cannons and a Wooden Chariot shifted from Jetprole village have been displayed. The Museum Shop and its counter are located in the entrance complex.
How to Reach
State Museum is accessible by road due to its location near Public Gardens and is at a distance of approximately
- 7 km from Secunderabad Railway Station
- 3.5 km from Koti Bus Station
- 30 km from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
Public Gardens, Nampally, Hyderabad
Clean, cool drinking water and rest rooms are available. Seating arrangements have been provided in the garden. A Companion Guide to the Museum is also available at Rs.15/-.
Separate low price brochures are also available on different galleries. Library facility is also available for research scholars.
The Museum is open from
and closed on Fridays and Public Holidays