Planning a trip to Hyderabad? Make sure to visit one of the outstanding tourist sites for history buffs, the Salar Jung Museum. This spectacular museum is historically rich and it takes you on an incredible journey to the bygone days. You can expect the museum to display some of the best collections such as antiques, sculptures and various other old-world treasures dating back to the 1st century. The entire collection was owned by the art connoisseur Mir Yousuf Ali Khan also known as Salar Jung III and later was donated to the Government of India by his heirs. I can tell, Salar Jung Museum is one of Hyderabad best sightseeing places that will completely spellbind history lovers, art critics and even the travellers looking for something different to explore in the city.
Let us Check what are the Splendid Collections that the Art Museum of Salar Jung has in Store
Tagged as the third largest museum in India, Salar Jung is one of the most visited attractions in Hyderabad. It is conveniently located on the southern bank of Musi River and near the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station. Salar Jung was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in the year 1951 but it was during 1968 the entire collection was shifted to the new building from Diwan Deodi, ancestral palace of Salar Jung. While in Salar Jung Museum you can witness an exhibition of various antiques and artefacts collected by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III) and also of Nawab Turab Ali Khan (Salar Jung I). There are around 38 galleries spread in the museum complex that occupies around 10 acres of land. Thus galleries consists of 9000 manuscripts, 43000 art objects and 47000 printed books.
Let us Read More what the Galleries Exhibit for Us
Salar Jung is a two-storey complex with coordinating sections along with various other sections like the Chemical Conservation Laboratory, Education Wing, Display section, Reception, Photo section and Sales counter. The ground floor consists of 20 galleries and the first floor has around 18 galleries each exhibiting various artefacts including the ones that date back to the 4th century. The museum consists of Indian Art, Far Eastern Art, Children Art, European Art, Middle Eastern Art, and Founders Gallery. However, the famous attractions remain the 19th Century British Musical Clock and an 1876 Veiled marble statue of Rebecca created by an Italian sculptor, G B Benzoni. Wonderstruck by its beauty, Salar Jung I bought this statue from his Italian trip in 1876. The museum also has a set of ivory chairs presented by Louis XVI of France to Tippu Sultan of Mysore. The main building consists of the Founders Gallery that consists of personal belongings of the Salar Jung family. South Indian Bronze displays collections that belong to late Pallava period with a standing Vishnu statue kept for display. Wood carvings depicting Indian art are found in the Minor Arts of South India section along with a collection of stone sculptures in Indian Sculptures section. You can spend hours exploring around the entire floor that offers a visual treat to the eye with its collection in the different areas like Indian Textiles, Arms and Armour, Indian Miniature Paintings, Bidri Gallery, Arabic, Persian Manuscripts, Chinese Collection, European Clocks and Furniture, European Marble Statue, Egyptian and Syrian Art, Far Eastern Statuary and many more. Check this website for more insight information of the Salar Jung Museum galleries.
Entry Fee and the Timings of Salar Jung Museum
Indian Tourists: Rs.10/- for Adults and Rs.5/- for Kids
Foreign Tourists: Rs.150/-
Timing: Salar Jung Museum is closed on Friday and it remains open from 10:00 to 17:00 on other days for the public.
Note: Rs 50/- for Still Camera
How to Reach Hyderabad and Salar Jung Museum?
The city of Hyderabad is one of the most visited destinations in India and you can expect multiple flights, trains and buses plying the city on a regular basis. Let me build your wisdom by giving some helpful information below:
The Airport: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport serves the capital city of Telangana and you can find all sort of passenger airlines landing and flying from here. Airlines like Air Arabia, Vistara, Air India, AirAsia, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, GoAir, IndiGo are some of the domestic and international flights that cover all major Indian cities and other countries.
The Railway: Hyderabad Deccan is the railway station that receives trains from various Indian cities located at Nampally. The best part is that the station is only 4 kilometres from Salar Jung Museum.
The Buses: Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) is owned by Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC). It serves all over Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and also to various states like Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Salar Jung Museum is located 24 kilometres from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, 4 kilometres from Hyderabad Deccan and 1.5 kilometres from Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station. Various private taxi services are available in Hyderabad, if not, then do the local way by waving for a local service. You can even take an airport shuttle to the nearby bus stand and get on the one that traverses Salarjung Museum bus stop or Darul Shifa and Purani Haveli X Road / Chatta Bazar, likewise from the railway.
Best Choices to Stay Overnight in Hyderabad
You will find an exquisite range of accommodations in Hyderabad where the prices range from expensive to pocket-friendly. There are a number of OYO room options, Airbnb, hostels and of course the splendid resorts and lavish hotels.
The museum’s attractions must have left you excited to hop on any kind of transport and visit the city right? I don’t know about you but I have already added Salar Jung Museum on top of my places to visit list. So get your Hyderabad tickets ready and make advance hotel reservations because the tourist season can be a hustle to get the best accommodations. If you do not want to get into a booking mess, you can call us at +91-9212777223 or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and get best travel offers.