The State Museum located in Public Gardens, Hyderabad, is one of the richest repositories of antiquities in Telangana State. The Museum was formally inaugurated in the year 1931. The current Museum building represents Indo-Islamic architecture with subtle domes, high arches, stylistic windows and other features. The museum was built under the supervision of Nizam of Hyderabad.
The Nizam had contributed his personal collection of art objects along with the antiquities recovered from his dominion for display. The excavated items of Hyderabad State were placed in this museum, which built on am ancient site in 1920s by Mir Osman Ali Khan, VIIth Nizam.
The collection is spread across two floors of the heritage building, two floors of semicircular galleries, in a separate contemporary art pavilion building and in an annex building located behind. The Hyderabad Museum was later renamed, as the State Museum under the Department of Archaeology & Museums.
The museum’s main attraction is its 2,355-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.The Department of Archaeology & Museums, Telangana is leaving no stone unturned towards preserving the rare Egyptian Museum on display at the State Museum, Public Gardens, and Hyderabad. Modern oxygen-free showcase has been procured to make the exhibit air-free while a Nitrogen generator ensures bacteria-free environment.
The museum is home to impressive and famous exhibits like Egyptian Mummy, important Buddhist and Jain relics, Buddhist gallery along with Coins of the Satavahana period, Brahmanical and Jain gallery, Arms and armour gallery, Sculptures, Numismatics gallery, Ajanta gallery, Bronze figures from the Vijayanagar and Chola periods and Roman era coins, etc., offering a delightful experience for the visitors.
Sculpture Garden Gallery
About 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 is displayed here.
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.
Major Attractions of State Museum, Hyderabad
- Ancient 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 located adjacent to the Nampally Railway Station. It is also well-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.