Napier Museum, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum)

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Examine the rare collection of archeological and historical artifacts at Napier Museum, an art and natural history museum. Built around 1840, the museum building features a typical Kerala pattern of architecture with red mount blocks, clay bricks, and granite with unusual woodwork, all surrounded by a well-manicured park. The museum displays various bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot, and ivory carvings with Japanese shadow-play leather figures depicting Mahabharata and Ramayana epics. An art gallery features paintings by celebrated 19th-century Indian painter Raja Ravi Varma. By using our Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) itinerary maker, you can arrange your visit to Napier Museum and other attractions in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
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  • Uncharacteristic south Indian architecture, however interesting, and nicely fitting in the surrounding park, which is worth a visit in itself, populated as it is by majestic trees and finely manicured...  more »
  • The building itself is beautiful with lovely carvings. There are some very nice pieces in this museum and it is located in a pleasant park where you can sit and relax. However, there aren't a lot of e...  more »
  • We can go though historical carvings. Many other thing can view near by. A must see place for tourists in TVM. A better walking passage as well for morning and evening walking peoples  more »
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  • It is one of the well maintained heritage site. The building is luxurious with well wooden crafted doors, roofs and wall paintings in the middle of beautiful garden. The items kept for display are chosen based on art, history and significance of the place. All items are labelled. One suggestion is, there should be a guide to explain the importance of the place to tourists.
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  • The museum houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artefacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. It also contains the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, A Gardern and a walkway.
  • Named after Lord Napier, this art and history museum was established in 1855. An exemplary example of gothic architecture-style, Napier Museum boasts greatly of its natural air conditioning system. It houses an exceptional collection of ornaments, bronze idols, chariots and ivory carvings. The museum offers insight into the rich and glorious culture and history of Kerala. The great contribution made by Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art along with the skilful work by several Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan artists can be found in here. The Japanese leather figures depicting the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana catches the eyes of tourists. Napier Museum is certainly one of the most visited tourist places in Trivandrum. Situated in the Museum compound, ground floor of this place houses India’s oldest zoological garden. Another important feature is Sree Chithra Art Gallery, established by Maharaja Chithira Thirunalin in 1935.The gallery contains epic works from much famed Raja Ravi Varma and Nicholas Roerich. Amid a well laid out garden, the zoological park houses a lake and boat club. The park offers an excellent day outing for children and adults alike. It boasts of 75 different species of animals and birds from India, Ethiopia and Australia. It is also a home to the Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Tahr, Manipur deer, Indian Rhino, Nilgiri Langur, Asiatic Lion and the Royal Bengal Tiger. There is prominent fauna found here along with habitats of giraffe, hippopotamus, zebra and Cape buffalo.
  • Ancient Tamil and Kerala statues of Lord Buddha, Lord Shiva & Parvathy Devi, Ganapathi Deva and other gods were here. Rs. 10/- is the entry fee for the museum. Worth watching in the city beside the zoo. This is Art Museum(Napier Museum). Nice garden was there outside the museum.