Hyderabad city is renowned all over for its heritage structures and it is also home to famous museums. One such storehouse of priceless artefacts is the Centenary Heritage Museum located in Gunfoundry, Abids, Hyderabad. The structural edifice in the premises of the Directorate office was constructed by the Irrigation and Projects department in the year 1976 and handed over to the Department of Archaeology & Museums (currently Heritage Telangana) in 1990 for displaying the antiquities and art objects that were recovered from submergence areas of Yeleswaram and Srisailam Reservoirs of Krishna valley and also to preserve other collections excavated in the state.
Alampur Site Museum was established in the year 1952. It is surrounded by the famous Nava Brahma temples where more than 124 stone sculptures and 26 inscriptional slabs are on display including 64 loose sculptures. The period of these sculptures ranges from 6th to 16th Century AD and they belong to Kakatiyas, Chalukyas, and Vijayanagara dynasties. The Alampur museum is known for its large and varied collection of sculptures that are arranged in a big hall. The entrance to this museum is a sculpted but an unmarked temple doorway. The collections on display include hundreds of beautiful pieces, several of them in polished black stone that indicate that these originate from the 11th century Kakatiyas.
The ground floor displays objects and antiquities such as Terracotta figurines from Kondapur (Medak District), Peddabankur and Dhulikatta (Karimnagar District), Pochampad (Nizamabad District), Serupalli (Mahaboobnagar District), Yeleswaram (Nalgonda District) and Gollathagudi (Mahaboobnagar district).
Pre- Historic Gallery
In the Pre- Historic Gallery, the Paleolithic tools are displayed belonging to the pre-historic times while the Proto Historic Gallery features stone and copper items such as polished edges, axes, rubbers, sling ball, Saddle querns etc., and pottery recovered from various parts of state showing the day-to-day life of Neolithic man. Further the department has conducted excavations at several megalithic burial sites in state such as Chinnamarru, Peddamarru and Uppaladu (Mahaboobnagar district) and the artifacts are on display here.
Early Historic Gallery
In the Early Historic Gallery, priceless antiquities recovered from excavations are on display. The other antiquities and art objects include iron implements, beads, ivory combs, dice, terracotta moulds, coins, semi-precious beads, silver beaded necklace, shell bangles, antimony rods, copper foils and pottery etc., from excavated sites such as Kotilingala, Pedabankur and Dulikatta (Karimnagar District) and Neelakondapalli (Khammam District) etc.
The Srisailam Pavilion was established in the year 1976 in the premises of Director, Archaeology & Museums Dept, Gun Foundry, Hyderabad. This has become popular now as the Gunfoundry Museum. The Srisailam Pavilion of this Museum showcases terracotta, stucco, prehistoric, megalithic, and iron artifacts, early historic objects, temple sculptures and door-jambs collected from the submergence area of the Srisailam Project. The door-jambs collected from the submergence area of the Srisailam Project is a highlight of the Centenary Heritage Museum!
The high-power committee of Srisailam project had selected nearly 44 temples for their relocation to the higher contours of nearby rehabilitated villages in the Srisailam submergence areas of the mid Krishna river valley. There is an exclusive gallery featuring scale models of selected temples for the benefit of scholars and visitors.
How To Reach
Centenary Heritage Museum, Abids (Hyderabad) is well-accessible by road due to its location in the heart of Hyderabad. The Museum is located at a distance of approximately 2 km from Nampally Railway station.