(Last Updated on : 15-12-2014)
Museums of Telangana
cover the museums which show the rich Indian art and architecture of royal times. Hyderabad
are the twin cities of Telangana and these cities reached at its height during the time of Golconda
Sultanates and then the Nizams of Hyderabad
and then the British East India Company. Last but not the least, the contribution of British Government of India in fostering European art is immense. These museums are mostly one man collections except the Birla Museum of Telangana.
The one man collection museums show the collections which have been collected by the different kings and queens of Hyderabad. They show the gifts to the Kings which were received from the different foreign traders and the colonial governments. Some of the museums are Nizam Museum or H.E.H Nizam's Museum, City Museum and Salar Jung Museum.
Nizam Museum of Hyderabad
or H.E.H Nizam's Museum is a museum located in Hyderabad at Purani Haveli, a palace of the erstwhile Nizams of Hyderabad. H.E.H Nizam's Museum showcases the gifts that the last Nizam of Hyderabad state, Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII received on his silver jubilee celebrations.
City Museum of Hyderabad
City Museum is a museum located in Hyderabad, which is now the capital of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The city museum is situated in the palace Purani Haveli. The museum was inaugurated on 11 March 2012 by Nizam's Jubilee Pavilion Trust chairman, Prince Muffakham Jah, the grandson of the last ruler of Hyderabad state Mir Osman Ali Khan.
Salar Jung Museum of Hyderabad
Salar Jung Museum
is a medieval and modern royal art museum located at Darushifa, on the southern bank of the Musi river
in the city of Hyderabad, which is now located in Telangana. It is one of the three National Museums of India. Salar Jung Museum has a collection of sculptures, paintings, carvings, textiles, manuscripts, ceramics, metallic artefacts, carpets, clocks, and furniture from Japan, China, Burma, Nepal, India, Persia, Egypt, Europe and North America. The collection of Salar Jung Museum was sourced from the property of the Salar Jung family. Salar Jung Museum is the third largest museum in India housing the biggest one-man collections of antiques in the world. It is well known throughout India for its prized collections belonging to different civilizations dating back its very largest accusations to the 1st century. Nawab Mir Yusuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III (1889-1949), former Prime Minister of the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, spent a substantial amount of his income over thirty five years to make this priceless collection, his life's passion. The collections of Salar Jung Museum left behind in his ancestral palace, "Diwan Deodi" were formerly exhibited there as a private museum which was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru in the year 1951. Later in the year 1968, the museum shifted to its present location at Afzalgunj and is administered by a Board of Trustees with the Governor of Telangana as ex officio-chairperson under the Salar Jung Museum Act of 1961.
Birla Science Museum of Hyderabad
B. M. Birla Science Museum is an Indian science museum located in Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. This museum was constructed by civil engineer Mr. P. A. Singaravelu. It comprises of a planetarium, museum, science centre, art gallery as well as a dinosaurium. The museum itself was the second phase of the science centre when it opened in 1990. Birla Planetarium
is a wing of the Science Centre. B. M. Birla Science Museum was inaugurated by Mr. N.T. Rama Rao, on 8 September 1985 and is one of the three Birla Planetariums in India. The others are the M.P. Birla Planetarium in Kolkata and B.M. Birla Planetarium in Chennai
. The Dinosaurium is the newest addition to the planetarium and science centre and opened in the year 2000. It exhibits 160-million-year-old mounted Kotasaurus Yamanpalliensis, excavated at Adilabad district
in Telangana and presented to the Science Museum by the Geological Survey of India. The Dinosaurium also has a collection of smaller fossils of dinosaur eggs, marine shells and fossilised tree trunks.