AP State Archaeology Museum, Hyderabad

AP State Archaeology Museum, Hyderabad

AP State Archeology Museum or Hyderabad Museum is a museum located in Hyderabad. It is the oldest museum in Hyderabad state. Archeologist Henry Cousens first explored the site in the beginning of the 19th century, and around 1940 the mound was excavated under the supervision of Nizam of Hyderabad. The excavated items were place in a museum built on the ancient site. In 1952, the museum's contents were moved to the current build, under the administrative control of Archaeological Survey of India.

In 1930, the State Museum was installed inside a palace constructed in 1864, within the Public Gardens, Nampally. The Nizam had built the palace for one of his daughters, and it was called the "Doll's House". However, due to a superstition, the daughter did not occupy the palace. In 1930, Nizam VII Mir Osman Ail Khan, wanted to preserve the Hyderabad's state's heritage, had named the museum as Hyderabad Museum.

It was named as Andhra Pradesh State Archeology Museum in 1960. It is the only museum in the country with reproductions of the Ajanta paintings. Its manuscript section includes a copy of the Quran bearing the seal of Emperor Shah Jahan.

This museum's main attraction is its Egyptian mummy, which was brought to Hyderabad by the son-in-law of VI Nizam Mahbub Ali Khan, and donated it to the last Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan. He reportedly brought it for a paltry sum of 1000 pounds. There is a huge gallery on Buddha dating back to last century. The museum has wide variety of archaeological artifacts from the Nizam, Kakatiya dynasty.
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AP State Archaeology Museum on Map

Sight Name: AP State Archaeology Museum
Sight Location: Hyderabad, India (See walking tours in Hyderabad)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Hyderabad, India

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Create Your Own Walk in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad Cultural Venues

Hyderabad Cultural Venues

Hyderabad is the city of contrasts. There are many cultural sites and places of interest to explore here, including NTR Memorial, State Archeology Museum, Public Gardens and many religious sites, such as Birla Mandir (Hindu temple), St Joseph's (Roman Catholic) Cathedral and more.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
Hyderabad Old Town Tour

Hyderabad Old Town Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles