Located at Thevara Ferry road in Ernakulam (Cochin), Folklore Museum is one of the famous antique museums in Kerala which is created in Keralan style and showcases a broad variety of historical and cultural antiques from South India. It's a dream of Annie George who has been collecting rare antiques till her existence and the collections of rare antiques which are displayed now in the museum are just because of her hard work that she did with the help of 62 skilled laborers.
The museum has more than 4000 artefacts and includes three architectural styles- Malabar on the ground floor, Kochi on the 1st, and Travancore on the 2nd. If you are here to explore the must see attractions of Ernakulam, then you must pace into the three-storied historical edifice. Visitors can retrospect and encounter the life of ancestors.
Specialties and features of Folklore Museum
Folklore museum is a non-profit organization, which was built over a period of seven years with 60 competent carpenters and mural artists. This beautiful wooden house is truly a trove that displays the rich heritage of Kerala through its various art and dance forms.
Artifacts like traditional jewelry, ritual art forms, musical instruments, and manuscripts of rare medicinal and astrological secrets endure the fragrance of bygone period. The edifice has three floors and the entrance is constructed from the wooden carvings collected from Kerala and temple leftovers of Tamil Nadu from 16th century. The entrance door is adorned with a magnificent manichitratazhu- a traditional ornate door lock of Kerala while the pierced wooden windows next to the entrance door represent the Malabar style of architecture.
Step into the first floor of the museum which is designed in Cochin architectural style named as Kalithattu, showcasing costumes of numerous traditional and ritual dance forms of Kerala like Theyyam, Kathakali, Ottanthullal, and Mohiniyattam while the second floor named as Kanjadalam or lotus petal is beautified with captivating mural paintings and well-defined ceiling which is made of sixty frames. After exploring all the two floors, step into the third floor which represents the Travancore style and several dance and cultural programs are held here.
A theatre in the museum held authentic stage performances at 6:30 PM daily. The museum remains open from 9.30 AM to 7:00 PM.
An entrance fee for adults is Rs 100 and Rs 50 for students.