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Salarjung Museum

This museum was established in 1951. It was the palace of  Salar Jung III and was opened for the public by then Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. 

The museum houses a library and is considered as an institution of national importance. In 1968, the museum was shifted to the present new building. The Salar Jung family comprised of individuals who served as Prime Ministers to the Nizams - the rulers of Hyderabad.

Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad

Art Collection in Salarjung Museum

You can get a glimpse of Buddhist, Hindu, Roman, Islamic and Greek art ranging from 2nd century B.C. to 20th century A.D.!  There are sculptures carved on bronze and out of stone, 'kalamkari' work on cloth, manuscripts, arms, armours and metal wares. 

There are artistic specimens from Egypt, Syria and Persia and the mesmerizing sight of lovely carpets, furniture and ceramics are enough to make you gasp with amazement!

Salar Jung Museum GalleriesGalleries in Salarjung Museum

There are about 38 galleries in three blocks. The Indian block comprises of 27 galleries while the Western and Eastern blocks comprise of 7 and 4 galleries respectively. 

The personal belongings of the Salar Jung family including portraits are showcased in the Founders gallery. Wine cups, plates, book stands, hair pins etc. find place in Jade gallery. Here, jade objects as old as those belonging to 17th to 19th century have been displayed. For instance, a book stand has an inscription 'Shamsuddin Iltamish'

Another master piece is the archer ring with 'Sahib-e-Kuran-i-Sani' inscribed on it. This was the title bestowed upon Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The bidri objects placed in Bidri gallery have been prepared using two techniques: Tahnashin denotes deeply cut work while in Zarbaland technique, the designs are raised.

Mobile Exhibition Van- Educating the Public

Exhibitions and Seminars are organized from time to time. The ''Mobile Exhibition Van'' reaches out to schools and far-flung villages to impart knowledge about the rich cultural heritage of India. There is the Central Block, Eastern Block and Western Block along with 38 galleries in this museum! 

There are rest rooms, cafe and cloak rooms for the convenience of visitors. You can also visit Photo Section, Chemical Conservation Laboratory and Sales counter to enrich your experience.

Address of Salarjung Museum - Salar Jung Rd, near Minar Function Hall, Darulshifa, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002, Phone: 040 2457 6443

Website: salarjungmuseum.in

On arrival to the museum, you can deposit luggage (and camera) in the cloak room. Smoking and photography are strictly prohibited within museum premises.

Closed on: Friday (Public holidays)
Timings: 10 A.M.to 5 P.M.

Entry Fee 

 Rs 20 for Indians
 Rs 500 for Foreign Visitors
 Free for Students with ID Cards (up to 18 Yrs)
 50% Concession for defence personnel in uniform & organized Kisan parties
 Rs 50 for Still Camera

How to Reach Salarjung Museum

It is situated on the banks of River Musi and Charminar, High Court, State Central Library, Osmania General Hospital and Mecca Masjid are in the vicinity. You can take a bus or auto from any part of the city to Afzalgunj and walk to Salarjung museum! Kachiguda and Nampally Railway Stations are 3 miles from the museum.

Publications of Salarjung Museum

  • 400 years of Hyderabad
  • A Brief Guide to The SJM 1966
  • A Hand book of Western Arts in SJM
  • Acharya Nagarjuna
  • An outline of the Ancestral History
  • of Salar Jungs
  • Bi Annual Research Journal
  • Vol-XXXV-XXXVi 1998-1999
  • Bidri Ware
  • Catalogue of adgde arms and
  • armour in the SJM
  • Contemporary Paintings of Karnataka
  • Exhibition of Contemporary art
  • Exhibition of Firearms
  • Gallery of Modern Indian Painting
  • Guide Book 1977-78
  • Guide Book 1982-83
  • Guide Book 1998
  • Indian Bronzes in the SJM
  • Jade Collection in the SJM
  • Memories of Great Personalities
  • Museum Architecture
  • Pahari Miniatures in the SJM
  • Problems & Trends in Museology
  • Salar Jung Museum Bulletion
  • Salar Jungs
  • Salarjung Sangrahalay
  • (Hindi Guide Book) 1990-9
  • Silver Jubilee Celebrations Sovuvenir
  • SJM Bi-Annual Research Journal Vol- I & II
  • Souvenir 1956
  • Souvenir
  • Special Report
  • Special Volume on Buddhism
  • Tobacco Its impact on art
  • Guide Book 1971
  • Indian life and landscape
For reading in the library, you have to obtain a pass from the Reception Counter.

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