Splendid architecture with ethereal beauty, the Napier Museum situated right in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram stands as the main attraction of the capital city. This Indo- Saracenic structure built in the 19th century holds a rich cultural heritage by housing a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, ivory carvings, ancient coins, wooden ornamental box, bronze idols, a temple chariot and ancient ornaments. In the museum, epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana are depicted using Japanese Shadow play leather figures. The museum got its name from the Governor General of Madras, Mr. John Napier, who inaugurated the new building during the reign of the then monarch of erstwhile Travancore, Sri Uthradom Thirunal.
Visiting Hours: Open 10:00 - 16:45 hrs. Closed on Mondays, Wednesday forenoons, January 26th, August 15th, Thiruvonam and Mahanavami.
The Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum, a modern structure, houses some excellent exhibits like the skeletal, bird, animal and taxidermy galleries. Photography is not allowed in the museum.
Natural History Museum Timings:
Open 10:00 - 17:00 hrs, Wednesday 13:00 - 16:45 hrs.
Closed on Mondays
Contact Details for History Museum:
Ph: +91 471 2318294