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Napier Museum Trivandrum - Tourist Places Kerala


The Napier Museum is one of the main Museums in Kerala, situated in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city. Established in 1855, Napier Museum is an art and natural history museum situated near the Trivandrum Zoo and is a virtual journey to the rich cultural heritage of Kerala. Also known as Government Art Museum, the museum houses rare collection of historic and archaeological artifacts, a temple chariot, life-size Kathakali figures, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, and ivory carvings. The collections of ancient sculptures varies from 8th to 18th century.

History of Napier Museum Trivandrum

Napier Museum was built in 1855. Later in 1874, the old museum building was pulled down and a new building was constructed in the place. The present museum was christened after the former Governor of Madras Sir John Napier. The museum building features a rare combination of different architectural styles including Kerala, Italian, Mughal, and Chinese.

Napier Museum Visiting Hours

The museum is open from 10.00 AM to 04:45 PM. The museum is closed on all Mondays, Wednesday forenoons, Indian Republic Day (26th January), Indian Independence Day (15th August) and on Thiruvonam and Mahanavami festival day.

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Nearby Tourist Attractions

Thiruvananthapuram Zoo, Sree Chitra Art Gallery, and Natural History Museum are situated within walking distance from the Napier museum.

How to reach Napier Museum Trivandrum

Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station and Thiruvananthapuram Bus Station are just 3 km from Napier Museum. The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, around 7 km from the museum.

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