The Napier Museum is one of the oldest in India. It was named after Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras. The architecture of the museum makes it one of the must-see places in Trivandrum.
The Napier Museum showcases Kerala chariots and ivory carvings. It also houses an array of priceless aesthetic and ethnic antiques.
Kathakali puppet models, stone sculptures, wood and ivory carvings,lamps, fabrics, handicrafts, Kuftgiri items, musical instruments and a collection of the Chera, Chola, Pandya coins, bronze idols of Hindu Gods are few of the items displayed here.
The museum campus also holds a Zoological Garden.This was established by erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore - Sree Chithira Thirunal Bala Rama Varma - as an annex to the Napier Museum. The zoo has different varities of species - the Lion tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Tahr, One Horned Great Indian Rhino, Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, Giraffe, Hippo, Zebra, Cape Buffalo. A walk through the lush green zoo will be a memoriable experience.
Wednesdays - 1 pm to 5 pm
Other Days - 9 am to 5 pm (Closed on Mondays)
Tuesday to Sunday: 9 am to 6:15 pm (Closed on Mondays)
How to get there:
The Napier Museum is located near the Mascot Hotel. You can easily catch a bus or an auto rickshaw to Museum Junction.
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