Kerala, God's own country is blessed with a wide range of tourist spots. Napier Museum, situated in Thiruvananthapuram is one among the historic spots that attract hundreds of tourists from all over the world. It is an art and natural history museum situated in the capital city of Kerala. If you are in search of a tourist destination that describes the history of Kerala, never hesitate to visit Napier Museum. This museum is located almost six kilometers from city. You can visit this place from morning 10' o clock to evening 4. 45 PM.
Museum is closed on Mondays and Wednesday forenoons. Also, visitors are not allowed in Independence day, Republic day, Thiruvonam and Mahanavami day. As per records, this museum was established in the year 1855. In the year 1874, old museum building was demolished and reconstructed.
Architecture of Napier Museum
As the name suggests, building was named after Lord Napier. He was the governor of Madras from the 1866 to 1872. Robert Chisholm was the consulting architect of Madras government during that period. All the architectural works of Napier Museum are done under the guidance of Robert Chisholm.
Gothic roof and minarets are the highlighting features of this museum. To spice up the architectural beauty of place, museum is constructed under Indo-Saracenic structure that allows natural ventilation system. Now let's see what is inside Napier Museum. Museum beholds a wonderful collection of historic artefacts and bronze idols. You can also find here a wonderful collection of ornaments, ivory carvings and temple chariot.
Sri Chitra Art Gallery
Sri Chitra Art Gallery is an exotic feature that can be found in Napier museum. Works of Nicholas Roerich and Raja Ravi Varma in Art Gallery had attracted hundreds of tourists from all over the world. If you wish to see the typical Mughal and Tanjore art, Sri Chitra Gallery is an apt choice for you.
Old Zoological garden is another highlighting feature of museum. This zoo, established in the year 1857 spreads over fifty five acres of land. Shadow play leather figure is one among the exotic attractions in Napier museum. Japanese shadow play figures are generally used to depict the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharta.
Today, Napier museum is one among the best visited spots by people in search of Kerala's rich cultural heritage. When searched, you can also see Napier museum as Government art museum. When defining architecture, you can describe Napier museum as a combination of Italian, Chinese, Mughal and Kerala architectural styles. Photography is not allowed in museum.
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