Napier Museum

LMS Vellayambalam Road
Thiruvananthapuram, KL - 695033

Type: Arts Museums, Natural History Museums
094955 34375
  • Reji GL
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  • Sajin Shereef
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  • Madhu Krishnan
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The Napier Museum, located in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala, India, is an iconic landmark and one of the oldest museums in the state. Established in the 19th century, the museum is named after Lord Napier, the former Governor of Madras, who laid its foundation stone in 1855.

The Napier Museum is renowned for its unique blend of Kerala, Mughal, Chinese, and Italian architectural styles, making it an architectural marvel in itself. Designed by British architect Robert Chisholm, the museum's distinctive features include its red brick facade, ornate arches, and intricate woodwork, reflecting the eclectic tastes of the colonial era.

The museum's collection spans a wide range of artifacts, artworks, and exhibits, showcasing the rich cultural heritage and history of Kerala and other regions of India. Its galleries feature an impressive array of items, including ancient coins, sculptures, bronze idols, traditional Kerala costumes, musical instruments, ivory carvings, and decorative arts.

One of the main highlights of the Napier Museum is its collection of rare and exquisite pieces from the Travancore Royal Family, including the iconic "Thiruvabharanam" (the sacred ornaments of Lord Padmanabha, the presiding deity of Thiruvananthapuram). Visitors can also admire the museum's extensive collection of paintings, which includes works by renowned Indian artists such as Raja Ravi Varma.

Adjacent to the Napier Museum is the Sree Chitra Art Gallery, which houses a remarkable collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, as well as works by other Indian and international artists. The gallery also features temporary exhibitions and art installations, offering visitors a comprehensive cultural experience.

Overall, the Napier Museum is not only a treasure trove of art and artifacts but also a symbol of Kerala's rich cultural heritage and architectural legacy. It attracts art enthusiasts, history buffs, and tourists from around the world, offering them a fascinating journey through the diverse and vibrant tapestry of Indian art and culture.

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Opening Hours Thursday to Sunday, Tuesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Monday: Closed
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