Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad - Time to Explore and Experience History of the Place

I had learned there is a lot to look for in this historic city. No wonder, the Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad stood next in my itinerary and I came to know that the museum was open on all days, except Friday and the timings were from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. I reached the museum by 11:00 AM in the pool car provided by the hotel. It is an art museum situated besides the River Musi in Hyderabad and established in the year 1951. The museum is aptly named as most of the collection was acquired by Salar Jung III.

Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad
Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad | Image Resource : hyderabadadvisor.com

The collection inside the museum was wonderful and it is said to have the largest collections of antique from different civilizations in the world by a single person. Some of the artifacts dates to even first century and there are more than 43000 art objects, 9,000 manuscripts and 47,000 printed books inside the museum. The museum seems to be a heaven on earth for the connoisseurs and scholars and is a testament to the cultural elegance.

Chinese Porcelains
Chinese Porcelains | Image Resource : thehindu.com

The marvelous collection touches the heritage of many countries of the world like India, Europe, Asia and Middle East. Some of the most important collections are carpets from Persia, lacquerware from Japan, porcelain from China, sword of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, daggers of Shahjahan and Jehangir and Tipu Sultan’s turban. There is also a clock room where a collection of clocks greets the visitors and one can easily trace its history of how the clocks developed starting from the ancient sundials to the modern clocks.

Clock in Salar Jung Museum
Clock in Salar Jung Museum | Image Resource : thehindu.com

There is also located a Jade gallery where the elegance, designs and handiworks of jade is displayed. A gallery depicting the ancient manuscripts which are very rare and are from the Arabic and Persian Origins is also situated. Works by Raja Ravi Verma are also displayed here depicting the scenes of Sanskrit epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Besides the painting collection the Indian art collection consists of bronze images, arms and armor, metal ware, wood carvings, painted textiles and stone sculptures.

The Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad proved to be a learning experience. The educational information I received was mind-boggling. The photographs which I took will always remind me of this wonderful visit. I retired for the day and kept Nehru Zoological Park to be the first on the to-visit list next day.

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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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