Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad

SalarJung Museum, Hyderabad
The Salar Jung museum in Hyderabad on the banks of the Musi houses one of the largest one-man collection of artifacts ands antiques in the world. Salar Jung 3, Abdul Qasim Yousuf Ali Khan, was prime minister to the Nizam at the age of 24. He was in lineage of hereditary Diwans to the Nizams of Hyderabad. He was a frequent traveller abroad. On his visits he visited museums and collected some of the greatest masterpieces of all times like the Veiled Rebecca in marble, the Margarette and Mephistopheles in a single block of solid wood. This place is a must visit on any sightseeing tour in Hyderabad city.

SalarJung Museum, Hyderabad City

The different collections constitute of Indian Art, Middle Eastern Art, Far Eastern Art, European Art, Children Art along with a Founders gallery and a rare manuscript section. There are all sorts of weapon and clothes from that era too.

The Vieled Rebecca, SalarJung Museum, Hyderabad

A photograph of the Vieled Rebecca at the Salarjung museum in Hyderabad.

Old timers say that the huge collection of Salar Jung, who remained a bachelor was siphoned away by the domestic help and later thieves and what remains is just half of what was collected by the prime minister. Even that half is undoubtedly impressive. The museum attracts nearly 10 lakh visitors annually.

Egyptian Photograph, SalarJung Museum, Hyderabad City

A photograph of an Egyptian painting from the Salarjung Museum in Hyderabad.

For those of you who are interested in the architecture of Hyderabad city, the area around the Salarjung has some wonderful buildings. You can go sightseeing in Hyderabad and visit the impressive building of the Osmania University and the High Court in its vicinity too.

SalarJung Museum Entry Fee : 10/- for Indians Rs. 150/- for Foreigners
SalarJung Museum Timings : 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Closed on Friday
Photography : Permission
City Buses : 2, 8, 9, 72
Popular As : Largest One-Man Collections Of The World
Exhibits : Mughal Miniatures, European Paintings & sculptures, Chinese Porcelain, Japanese Silk Paintings, Carpets, Clocks, rare manuscripts, jade and ivory works etc.


  1. I visited this museum in May 2008, and the security didn't allow for cameras to be taken inside. They kept in a locker behind the ticket booth. Felt bad because I had wanted to take so many pictures, specially that famous antique clock.

  2. Hi Nadia,
    Thanx for commenting on my blog. I also had a similar experience when I visited this place around the same time as you did.
    I loved the museum though.

  3. hey there thanx for writing in on my blog post :) nice blog ... even I really enjoyed my visit to salarjung museum some time ago ... keep writing

  4. Thanx for the comments and the encouragement Sakshi.



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