An Art Lover’s Guide to Museums in Hyderabad
The Pearl City, Hyderabad has an unparalleled blend of history and modernity. With an interesting confluence of the traditional and the contemporary, the past and the present, the museums built in this city paint a vibrant picture of its heritage. The unique culture dates back to the lineage of the Nizams who were great patrons of literature, art, architecture and jewelry.
One can indulge in a variety of museum experiences presented in the form of archaeological shows, inventive science tours, and personalized vintage vehicles. Here are four interesting exhibits to visit across the city of Hyderabad that combine history, culture and technology.
I. Salar Jung Museum
The third largest museum in India, Salar Jung was declared open on December 16, 1951 by India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Spread over an area of 10 acres, the space showcases a wide range of artifacts and antiques from the long line of Hyderabadi Nawabs. Established in memory of Salar Jung III (Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan), the museum commemorated the vast collection of ancient memorabilia collected from around the world. With an impressive number of approximately 13,654 exhibits in the 37 galleries, the museum’s collection consists of Indian art, Far Eastern art, European art, Middle Eastern art, as well only rare manuscripts. Some notable artifacts are a set of ivory chairs which were presented to Tippu Sultan of Mysore by Louis XVI of France, a dagger of Jehangir, Arabic and Persian manuscripts and a rare manuscript on mathematics – Lilawati.
II. Birla Science Museum
Opened in 1990, the BM Birla Science Museum has designed interactive exhibits based on simple laws of physics, perception and mechanics. One can prepare for a variety of optical illusions and mathematical puzzles to get through the entire museum experience. The innovative space has an integrated environment that plays with electricity, vibrations, sound, energy and motors. A haven of knowledge for those with a particular interest in science, the exhibits make learning a fun process for all ages. In addition, the museum is divided into different sections, each presenting a set of exhibits dedicated to a specialized area. Action-Reaction, The Magic Ball, Pedal Power and See Sounds are some of the exhibits in the Interaction Science section. Additionally, the galleries are arranged in chronological order to better present the story as a cohesive whole.
III. Telangana State Archaeological Museum
Established during the British rule, the Telangana State Archeology Museum is the oldest museum in the city of Hyderabad. A result of the last Nizam’s efforts to preserve the rich history and heritage of the state and country, the museum consists of various ancient artifacts that were excavated in the 1940s. The exhibit was curated under the direction of the ‘Archaeological Survey of India, displaying a varied collection of bronze objects, armour, stone carvings, manuscripts, modern paintings and textiles. The museum has a separate gallery of Buddhist sculptures and an extensive collection of Hindu sculptures belonging to the Chalukyan period and the Vijayanagara period. The main attraction is a 2,353-year-old Egyptian mummy, said to have been brought to Hyderabad by Nazir Nawaz Jung for £1,000. Recently, the mummy was restored from damage thanks to the intervention of experts.
IV. Sudha Car Museum
One of the most unique spaces in India, the Sudha Cars Museum was created by K Sudhakar, who was listed in the Guinness World Record for creating the world’s largest tricycle, which stands approximately 41 feet and seven inches tall. . Considered the world’s first handcrafted automotive museum, each piece on display showcases the creator’s pure genius and unparalleled innovation. The wide range of cars and bikes are uniquely designed, possessing different shape and structure as well as bright colors. Some of the eclectic shapes being an ornament, train with bogies or jewelry shapes. What sets the collection apart is the fact that most of the vehicles are custom built from old and unwanted parts. Beyond the curated versions, the Sudha Cars Museum also houses vintage cars and also displays various types of modified cars.
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