15 Must See Museums In Hyderabad, Telangana

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Hyderabad MuseumsHyderabad has a long and diverse history. It has its ancient balancing rocks from the Deccan Trap – still its oldest residents. It has been a place of tribal inhabitancy, you can see their presence in the names of the localities. The city has been home to the richest in the world. It is now home to the IT industry and some of the most valuable sportspersons of India. There are several Museums in Hyderabad for you to visit and spend some quality time.

Museums in Hyderabad to Explore

Museums in Hyderabad take you through the journey of ancient and modern eras of the city. Explore them whenever you visit the city. Get to know the city better.

Salarjung Museum

The Salarjung Museum, the Must-visit Museums in Hyderabad
The Salarjung Museum

Salarjung Museum is the most well-known museum in the city. It stands elegantly on the banks of Musi River in pristine white colors like the open wings of a bird. It is difficult to believe that all this was the collection of a single man – Salarjung. This is one of the few buildings that was built to house a museum like the National Museum in Delhi.

A veiled Rebecca in stone, a talking clock, and some delightful paintings are the pride possessions of the Salarjung Museum. It has to be the first must-visit museums in Hyderabad for any traveler or museum lover.

Sudha Car Museum – Craziest of Museums

Cricket Bat shape car at Sudha Car Museum
Cricket Bat shape car at Sudha Car Museum

Sudha Car Museum is my most favorite museum in Hyderabad. It celebrates creativity and innovation. It also tells you what one person with a passion can achieve. You would love cars in various shapes and sizes displayed here. Who can think of a car as a cricket bat, or a toilet commode or a Nikon Camera?

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I call it the most whacky, most innovative museum in India.

Purani Haveli Museum

Purani Haveli was the residential palace of the Nizams of Hyderabad. It now houses many things including the Nizam’s Museum.

What makes Nizam’s museum unique is the double story Nizam’s cupboard, with 124 doors spread on both sides of a 120 feet long room. There is a manual lift that would have taken the Nizam up and down. Yes, it is the world’s largest wardrobe.

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It is another quirky museum in the city that introduces you to the most miser but the richest person on earth – The Nizam of Hyderabad. The clothes displayed here are fairly simple – mostly white Lucknavi kurtas.

You can also see miniature paintings of the Nizam family genealogy painted in a very creative way.

Telangana State Museum

Museums in Hyderabad to explorePublic Gardens area of the city is home to a few museums in Hyderabad. The biggest and the most important is the Telangana State Museum. I visited it when it was still the AP State Museum. It has lovely Buddhist sculptures from Amravati. You can see the relics of Buddha in a casket. There are lovely Jain images in the Jain gallery. Kakatiya architecture in the form of door jambs is worth admiring.

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Health Museum

Health museum is also located in public gardens. It is a small but unique museum that aims to emphasize health and hygiene. This single room will actually take you back in time. But nonetheless, it is one of the museums in the city.

Archaeological Museum, Gunfoundary

Signature Stone Door Jamb from Warangal
Signature Stone Door Jamb from Warangal

This is a typical ASI museum in interesting circular architecture. That reminds me of the Student Centre at Panjab University in Chandigarh. You must see the exquisite Kakatiyan door jamb here. And also the pre-historic remains of this region. Especially the ones that tell about age-old burial practices.

Birla Science Museum and Planetarium

Dinosaur Leg Bones displayed at Birla Science Museum
Dinosaur Leg Bones displayed at Birla Science Museum

A pillared walkway on Naubhat Pahad next to the pristine white Birla Mandir leads you to a huge glass and steel building. That is the Birla Science and Planetarium in the city. It has a lovely museum that explains the basic principles of science with models and experiments. It will bring out the kid in you, it will take you back to your school science books.

At another level, there are remains of Dinosaurs and the model of underwater excavations in Dwarka.

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Institute of Culture Art Gallery

This art gallery exists in the premises of the Birla Science Museum on Naubat Pahad. When I visited there was a lovely display of Vishwaroopa of Krishna. The lower story had contemporary paintings by painters like Gurcharan Das. And themes ranging back to epic stories.

Nirmala Birla Museum

Another museum in the Birla Science Museum complex. This one has the best collection of porcelain, dolls, ivory items, Bidri work and Tanjore paintings. This is one of the best-kept secrets of the city. If you love museums, this is where you should spend a lot of time. I still remember an inverted Nataraja that I saw there many years ago.

Chowmahalla Palace

Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad
Chowmahalla Palace

The lovely colonial-era palace complex of Nizams of Hyderabad is located at the other end of the Laad Bazar in the old city of Hyderabad. It is a charming museum in itself. At the Durbar Hall, you can see large Belgian Chandeliers. Elsewhere you can see old radio sets and interesting old clocks. There is a vintage car collection for those who love these old but working beauties.

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Nehru Centenary Tribal Museum, Banjara Hills

Diorama outside Nehru Centenary Tribal Museum
Diorama outside Nehru Centenary Tribal Museum

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are home to many tribal communities like Chechu, Lambadas, Porja, Yerukala. Some of these tribes lived on the hill that is now the posh Banjara Hills area of the city. It is befitting that the tribal museum in the city is located on this very hill. The museum has dioramas depicting the lifestyles of various tribes. You can actually do a comparative study of the tribes here.

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My favorite part here is the life-size dance scenes.

Jagdish & Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art

This is a private museum. You can visit it only with prior appointment. I had the pleasure of meeting Sh Jagdish Mittal. He is one treasure on Indian Art. His home is full of books on Indian Art. He is an author of many books on Indian Art. I still remember how well preserved his Rajasthani miniature paintings were. Check out their website for more details.

Rural Museum at Shilparamam

Shilparamam Hyderabad
Shilparamam

Shilparamam is like the Delhi Haat. You have artisans selling handmade and handcrafted products. There are areas marked for performances and events. This is a place that usually bears a festive look. There is a small rural museum or recreation of the rural atmosphere of the region. It is not really a museum in the real sense of the word. But then it is a place you would enjoy visiting.

Do lookout for the coin jewelry of the tribals of Andhra and Telangana region here.

Mythology Museum Surendrapuri

Goddess Durga statue at Surendrapuri Mythology Museum
Goddess Durga statue at Surendrapuri Mythology Museum

Mythology Museum is at Surendrapuri. A little on the outskirts of the city. It is a unique museum that re-creates the world of Hindu epics and its Devis and Devtas.

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Natural History Museum at Nehru Zoo

Tortoise at Nehru Zoo
Tortoise at Nehru Zoo

Natural History Museum at Nehru Zoological Park takes you for a walk through the natural history of the earth. You can see the rare white tigers at this zoo.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Hyderabad is definitely a place I would love to explore when in India, Anuradha. I really didn’t know that Hyderabad has so many awesome museums which are worth a visit!

  2. Your images are fabulous and love your blog. A wonderful set of Museum’s pictures providing told a lot about Museums in Hyderabad. Thanks for providing great and amazing pictures. Very useful and interesting blog.

  3. Well these museums are very popular and ancient in telangana region. Coming to Surendra puri museum it was recently got more popularity. it was located near yadadri. This museum show the gods and godesses statues. Every one must visit museum to know culture and traditions.

  4. Hi Anuradha Goyal,

    Hyderabad also known as Nizam City and Pearls city. In Hyderabad meseums we found Nizam Collections.

    Thank You for mentioning the hyderabad meseums in your article.

  5. I was highly honored by Jagdish Mittal and his wife being invited to their house in 1984 (at that time the museum was only in a preparatory phase) and they showed us some parts of the superb collection. It was really fantastic! If anyone read this comment, please kindly convey my repeated thanks for this visit and I do hope they are still living in a good health. My e-mail address: [email protected] I am waiting any reply on this address. Thankfully

    • Gyorgy. Unfortunately, Mrs. Mittal passed away a few years back. After that, I moved from Hyderabad to Goa and I lost touch with Mittal Sir. I hope he is doing well and still collecting for his museum.

  6. Anuradha ji,
    A very good article indeed. Up till now I was only knowing about Hyderabad’s famous Salarjung Museum,surprised to know that other then this, so many beautiful museums are also there in Hyderabad. Will definitely try to visit these museums in my next trip to Hyderabad. Thanks for such a good information.

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