The Salar Jung Museum
The third largest museum in India, the artifacts are kept in 36 huge halls, painstakingly collected by Mir Yusaf Ali Khan, (Salar Jung III), the prime minister of Nizam of Hyderabad. The Salar Jung Museum contains over 35,000 exhibits as varied as Persian carpets, wood carvings, miniatures, armory and clothing. The Jade Room has swords, daggers and clothing of Mughal emperors and Tipu Sultan. The museum is open every day except Friday
The Salarjung Museum is a royal treat to the connoisseurs with a collection of over 43000 art objects, 50000 books and manuscripts. The collections include Indian Art, Middle Eastern Art, Far Eastern Art, European Art, Children Art along with a Founders gallery and a uncommon manuscript section. Indian Art includes stone sculptures, bronze images, jade carvings, painted textiles, wood carvings, miniature paintings, modern art, ivory carvings, textiles, metal-ware, manuscript, arms & armour etc. Middle Eastern Art contains the collection of carpets, paper (manuscripts), glass, metal-ware, furniture, lacquer etc. from Persia, Arabia, Syria, and Egypt. Collection of Far Eastern Art exhibit porcelain, bronze, enamel, lacquerware, embroidery, painting, wood & inlay work from China, Japan, Tibet, Nepal and Thailand etc. Oil and watercolor paintings form an important part of the European Collections.
The museum building is in a semicircular shape with 38 galleries spread on two floors displays only a part of the original collections. The ground floor has 20 galleries and the first floor has 18 galleries. The exhibits on different subjects are displayed in separate galleries.
Apart from the galleries, there is a reference Library, reading room, publication and education section, chemical conservation lab, sales counter, cafeteria etc. Guides are available at fixed timings free of charge.
Timing and Entry
The museum is open every day except Friday. Besides, the Museum will remain closed on the public holidays. Working hours is from 10.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M. Entrance to the Museum is by ticket, the rate of which is Re. 1.50 for general public. Students with identity cards, Defence personnel in uniform, organised Kisan parties and children below 12 years are given 50% concession.
10.00a.m. to 5.00p.m., Opens daily except on Fridays.
Exhibits : Mughal Miniatures, European Paintings & sculptures, Chinese Porcelain, Japanese Silk Paintings, Carpets, Clocks, rare manuscripts, jade and ivory works etc.
Highlights : Sculpture of Veiled Rebecca, Double figure by Italian sculptor G.H Benzoni, Musical clock, Arabic Al Quran in Nashq (1288 AD), jade crafted knifes of Jehangir & Nurjahan, Famous European paintings like 'Venice', 'Soap Bubbles' etc