The State Museum located in Public Gardens, Hyderabad, is one of the richest repositories of antiquities in the region. The current Museum building shows the style of Indo-Islamic architecture with subtle domes, high arches, stylistic windows etc.
Archeologist Henry Cousens is considered to be the first person who explored the site during the beginning of the 19th century, and later the mound was excavated which was done under the supervision of Nizam of Hyderabad. The excavated items were placed in a museum built on the ancient site in 1920s by Mir Osman Ali Khan, VII Nizam The Museum was formally inaugurated in 1931.
The Nizam had contributed his personnel collection of art objects along with the antiquities recovered from his dominion for display. The collection is spread across two floors of the heritage building, two floors of semi circular galleries, in a separate contemporary art pavilion building and in an annex building located behind. The Hyderabad Museum was renamed, as the State Museum under the Department of Archaeology & Museums.
Sculpture Garden Gallery
It displays 93 sculptures and architectural items dating from Satavahana (2nd century B.C.) to the Post Vijayanagara period (17th century A.D.) in different stone media.
Kakatiya and Vijayanagara
In the Garden, two four pillar mandapas belonging to Kakatiya and Vijayanagara times, a number of Veergals (Hero Stones), Panchaloha, Iron Cannons and a Wooden Chariot shifted from Jetprole village are displayed.
Attractions of State Museum
The museum’s main attraction is its 2,353-year old Egyptian mummy, reportedly brought to Hyderabad by the son-in-law of VI Nizam Mahbub Ali Khan, who had then donated it to the last Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan. He reportedly acquired this for a sum of 1000 pounds.
- 2,353-year old Egyptian Mummy
- Buddhist gallery
- Important Buddhist and Jain relics
- Coins of the Satavahana period
- Arms and armour gallery
- Brahmanical and Jain gallery
- Sculptures of different periods
- Ajanta gallery
- Numismatics gallery
- Bronze figures from the Vijayanagar and Chola periods
- Roman era coins
- Copies of Buddhist murals from Ajanta Caves
How to reach
State Museum, Hyderabad is accessible by road due to its location near Public Gardens and is at a distance of approximately 7 km from Secunderabad Railway Station and 30 km from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.