Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad city is one among the three National Art Museums in India.
The Museum has the largest collection of antiques belonging to one single person. Salar Jung Museum’s huge collection of sculptures, carvings, textiles, manuscripts, ceramics, metallic artifacts,clocks, paintings, carpets, furniture, etc, were sourced from Nawab Mir Yusuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III (1889-1949), former Prime minister of the 7th Nizam (erstwhile ruler of the princely state) of Hyderabad. There were much more valuable items in his collection. Few of such priceless collection items from the national museum are believed to have been siphoned off by his employees. Some other items were siphoned off during the transfer of the collection from the original museum Diwan Deodi to the present museum Salar Jung Museum.
Salar Jung Museum Collections
Some of the priceless items in the Museum includes Raja Ravi Varma Paintings, Sword of Great Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Great Mysore King Tipu Sultan‘s wardrobe , gold and diamond made Tiffin box, etc, to name a few. Jade crafted daggers belonging to the Mughal Emperor Jehangir and Emperor Shah Jahan (son of Jehangir) and Noorjahan (wife of Jehangir and step-mother of Shah Jahan) are also part of the collection at the Museum on the banks of Musi river .
Salar Jung Museum Clock
Salar Jung museum clock is a musical clock which is very popular with the tourists. This 19th century Musical clock has a bearded man‘s toy figure on the left side of the clock, which comes out from the enclosure exactly three minutes before every hour. On completion of each hour, this bearded man strikes the bell as per the number of the hour. i.e The Bearded toy man strikes the Bell 10 times at 10 O’Clock. There is another bearded man on the right side, who strikes every second.
How Do I Go to Salar Jung Museum?
Salar Jung Museum is at the heart of Hyderabad city and is well connected by roads. Hyderabad and its twin city, Secunderabad are well connected by train services to the rest of the country. There is an International airport at the outskirts of Hyderabad.
Salar Jung Museum Timings
Timings of Salar Jung national Museum are from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M., except Wednesdays, which is a holiday for the Museum.