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Salarjung Museum

One of the frequently visited museums in Hyderabad is the 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.! The gallery on Salarjung family and their contribution in the field of art and literature, can be discerned from their myriad collections. 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.

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

Salarjung Museum,Afzalgunj,

Phone: 040-523211

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 5 P.M.

Fast Facts on Salarjung Museum

  • Museum Week: 8th to 14th January (50% concession given on entrance fee!)
  • Children’s Week: 14th to 20th November (School children up to 12 years of age accompanied by teachers are allowed free of charge).
  • Entry fee: Rs.10/- (For students with School ID Cards, Defence Personnel in uniform and children below 12 years are given 50% concession throughout the year)
  • Entry fee for Foreign visitors: Rs.150/-
  • During 'Children's Week' (14th-20th November) and during the 'Museum Week' (8th-14th January), public is given concession on entry ticket.
  • 'Rangoli' competition, essay writing, elocution and drawing competitions are held during Museum week and Children's week.
  • Salarjung museum birth celebrations were held from 14th to 21st June, 2010.

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

  • 'SJM Bi-Annual Research Journal' for facilitating researchers.
  • Catalogues on art and literature collections in the museum.
  • Picture Postcards of the museum.
For reading in the library, you have to obtain a pass from the Reception Counter.There is a collection of clocks from Switzerland, Germany, France and England in the museum. The British Bracket Clock attracts the attention of visitors.

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