Once ruled by the Mughals, Nizams and Qutub Shahis, Hyderabad takes pride in being the capital city of the multifarious state of Andhra Pradesh. Boasting of magnificent monuments, splendid mosques, glorious temples and other spectacular heritage sites, the city takes an impressive position in the list of some best cities to tour worldwide. Another feather in the cap is a number of museums that add attraction to the royal city.
The Hyderabad Museums showcase a huge collection of arts and antiquities clubbed with relative information and insights that impart deep knowledge of the yesteryear culture and civilization. To list a few famous museums in Hyderabad:
Salar Jung Museum The most well-known museum in Hyderabad, Salar Jung museum is situated in the southern bank of the river Musi. Having traces of objects even from the 1st century the museum talks about antiques from across the country and the world. This museum stands as the special one since it has historical things crossing the count of 43,000, about 47,000 printed books and manuscripts touching 10,000. Beside all this, other attractions here are - sculptures, paintings, textiles, aircrafts, carvings, etc., from China, Nepal, Egypt, Japan, North America etc.
Address: Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad - 500 002, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Timing: From 10.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m without interruption.
Closed: On Fridays and public holidays.
Inside the palace namely Purani Haveli, the City Museum of Hyderabad is the official residence of the Nizam. The museum was built commemorating the honourable last Nizam of the state. Presently, it is being used as a school for industrial training. The museum is also widely acclaimed for housing the stylish terracotta figurines of Europe, Neolithic pots, megalithic sites and coins of the Satavahana period. Witnessing ancient objects like gifts and mementos, which unravel the royalty in the tenure of Nizams is again nothing less than an exclusive moment.
Address: City Museum 750 North 16th Street St. Louis, MO. 63103
Timing: Mon - Thurs 9 a.m till 5 p.m
Fri - Sat 9 a.m till Midnight
Sun 11 a.m till 5 p.m
AP State Museuma Offering you a complete view of the multifaceted culture of Andhra Pradesh, the AP State Museum is situated in the Public Garden of Hyderabad. The oldest of all, this is the most efficiently maintained architecture spelling out too much of the cultural heritage. Demonstrated as the zenith of a ruler and his state's passion blended with the persistent aspiration to safeguard the rich legacy of his state; the ultimate result is an architecture that has taken a place of one of Hyderabad's most sought after tourist stops.
Address: Inside Public Gardens, Nampally, Hyderabad
Timing: 10.30 a.m - 5.00p.m
Natural History Museum The museums of Nizam and Salar Jung are defined by the influx of tourists rising every year but on the other hand, National History Museum, has a different story altogether. The fact is that this grand sculpture is not only a favourite spot to tourists but the locals are its fans too. The city residents also take out enough time to visit this marvellous place as it has something very rare about it. And that rare point doesn't elaborate on the history but details about the animals and several other creatures. Located in one of the largest zoos in Asia, the Nehru Zoological park, the National History Museum presents vision into the lives of animals both- extinct and still prevailing, by exhibiting stuffed models that look extremely lifelike. The artefacts related to these animals are also flaunted, so visitors will get a clearer understanding of these enormous and interesting creatures. Another striking fact about this museum is that it is positioned inside the India's best zoo perhaps, which indeed turns the experience into more stunning one.
Address: Nehru Zoological Park, Bahadurpura, Hyderabad
Timing: All days of the week 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 2:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m.
Sudha Car Museum As the name itself suggests, this is the most bizarre and rarest museum in Hyderabad - Sudha Cars Museum! It is constructed by an exceptionally witty Guinness World Record Holder, Mr. K. Sudhakar, whose forte is in making vehicles. He had a strong penchant for cars and bikes since his very initial days of school. He created his own bike at a very young age of 15. While he was pursuing his higher studies, he even successfully made a four wheeler. Now, as a tribute, this museum comprises of several objects in the shape of helmet, bed, pen, which are actually vehicles.
Address: D No 19-5-10/3/A, Beside Zoo Park X Roads, Bahadurpura, Hyderabad
Timing: All days of the week 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM.