Napier Museum and Art Gallery

Napier Museum and Natural History Museum are situated in the Museum compound, right in the heart of the city, near the zoological park

A visit to the Napier Museum complex reveals a glimpse of the state's cultural heritage. The Museum is named after the former Madras Governor General, John Napier. It is also called the Government Art Museum. 

The building is a combination of the Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and Italian architectural styles. Built by the 19th Century British architect Chisholm, it has a unique natural air-conditioning system. A treasure house of art, the intriguingly eclectic collection of bronzes, historic ornaments, ivory carvings and chariots, it is the pride of the place. 

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The museum houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. It also contains the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, which contains works from Raja Ravi Varma and Nicholas Roerich, as well as examples of Mughal and Tanjore art.

The Museum grounds also hold a Zoological garden, which is one of the oldest in India. This Zoo was established in 1857 and is spread over 55 acres (220,000 m2) of land

The Sree Chitra Art Gallery features a rare collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and Roerich among others, and works from the Mughal, Rajput and Tanjore schools. An oriental collection of paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali offers a visual treat.

A four centuries old clock and an herbal coat for the use of the king of Travancore are the main attractions here. The structure is surrounded with a beautiful meadow with various kinds of flowers.

Natural history museum Timings: 
Open 1000 - 1700 hrs, Wednesday 1300 - 1645 hrs.
Closed on Mondays

Contact details for history museum:
Ph: +91 471 2318294

Getting there

Nearest railway station:  Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 2 km
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 6 km from the city

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