Hyderabad’s Salar Jung Museum, which is the third largest museum in the country, was inaugurated by the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru in 1951. After then, the museum’s entire collection was shifted to its present place in 1968. The present building is located on the southern banks of Musi River, which is really close to Old Hyderabad’s famous historic monuments and if you are an antique and artifact lover you should visit ancient temples in Hyderabad. Once you visit the museum, you’ll get to witness some fantastic antiques and artifacts, which are mainly collected by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III), Nawab Turab Ali Khan (Salar Jung I) and his successors.
Salar Jung Museum Timings
Timings and Entry Fee
The museum remains open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on all day except Friday. Entry in the museum is done by buying a ticket, which is for Rs.20 for the general public and free for the students and children up to 18 years of age but you need to show the identity card. For foreigners, it is Rs.500. In fact, the museum keeps a Children’s week from 14th November to 20th November where students up to 18 years of age are allowed to come with their teachers for free. Also, there’s a Museum Week from 8th January to 14th January when the public is given concession on their entrance.
What you’ll get at the museum?
Well, the museum is counted as the 3rd largest museum in the country, which is for a right reason because the museum is spread over in 3 buildings i.e. The Central Block, Eastern Block also called the Mir Laiq Ali Khan Bhavan, and The Western Block also called the Mir Turab Ali Khan Bhavan on two floors. There are 27 galleries in the Central Block that mean 15 on the ground floor, and 12 on the first floor. You’ll also get to visit different sections in the museum like the Chemical Conservation Laboratory, Education Wing, Reception, Display Section, Photo Section, and a Sales Counter. In fact, the place has taken care of the public by giving them the facilities of restrooms, cloakrooms at all the main points and a cafeteria that is run by Telangana tourism.
Activities of the Salar Jung Museum
The best part about the museum is that they frequently organize workshops and some special exhibitions with the help of International Museums and Organizations. In fact, the museum provides the public with the facility of brochures, guide-books, books, and research journals on a few subjects published in English, Hindi, and Urdu. A number of workshops and seminars are held regularly and are organized on special occasions as well to celebrate the birthday of Salar Jung III, Children’s week, and Museum Week (as discussed above), as a part of the educational venture.
How to reach the museum?
The easiest way to reach the museum is to take either the road route or the rail route. The nearest railway stations, which are just 3 miles away from the museum, are Kachiguda and Nampally Stations. Also, there are frequent bus services everywhere from the city to Afzalgunj and then there’s a walking distance to the museum.