Napier Museum & Art Gallery, Thiruvananthapuram


Location : Both Museum and Art Gallery are situated in the Napier Museum compound, right in the heart of the city, near the zoological park.
Visiting Hours : Open from 10:00 am t o 5:00 pm on all days except Mondays and Wednesday forenoon.

A visit to the Napier Museum complex reveals a glimpse of Kerala's rich cultural heritage. An exceptional piece of architecture, the Museum is named after the former Madras Governor General John Napier. The Napier Museum is also called the Government Art Museum.

The Museum building is a combination of the Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and Italian architectural styles. Built by the 19th century British architect Chisholm, it has a unique natural air-conditioning system. A veritable treasure house for connoisseurs of art, the intriguingly eclectic collection of bronzes, historic ornaments, ivory carvings and chariots, it is the pride of this place.

The Sree Chitra Art Gallery features a rare collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and Roerich among others, and fascinating works from the Mughal, Rajput and Tanjore schools of art. An oriental collection consisting of paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali offers a visual treat and are a tribute to the art and culture of these countries.

Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram central,  about 2 km.
Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 6 km from the city.

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