Calico Museum of Textiles, Sarabhai Foundation

Calico Museum of Textiles is at Ahmedabad, Gujarat state, India, maintained by Sarabhai Foundation.

Calico Museum of Textiles, AhmedabadCalico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad. Image courtesy –Calico Textiles Museum website,,

This museum was established in 1949 at Calico Mills Premises by Industrialist Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gira Sarabhai, along with the industrial house of Calico. The Museum of Textiles was shifted to Sarabhai House in 1983, when the collection grew and the premises was not enough to accommodate those.

Ahmedabad is the textile industry capital of India and one of the major trading centers of textile industry in the Asian sub-continent for the last 5 centuries or so. Initially, Calico Museum of Textiles was having historical and technical study of Indian handicrafts and industrial textiles. Later on, the textile museum started concentrating on handicraft textiles. The Museum also launched two publications which are well read now.

Collections from The Sarabhai Foundation are also displayed here. Sarabhai Foundation was established in 1959 by the family members of the Sarabhais, who established Calico Museum of Textiles. This textile museum is a must-see place for any visitor to Ahmedabad city. It is a unique museum in India,

How Do I Go To Calico Museum of Textiles?

Calico Museum of Textiles, a leading Indian museum, is situated at Shahibaug, a locality in the city of Ahmedabad. (Shahibaug was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 16th century, then Viceroy of Ahmedabad.) Ahmedabad is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. Ahmedabad Junction railway station is the nearest major railway station. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at Ahmedabad is the nearest airport to the Calico Museum of Textiles.


Information on Trivandrum Napier Museum & Sri Chitra Art Gallery

Napier Museum at Trivandrum in the state of Kerala is an art and natural history museum.

Napier Museum
Napier Museum at Thiruvananthapuram (previously called Trivandrum)

This Museum has a huge collection of archaeological and historic artifacts. There is a good collection of ancient ornaments, bronze idols, etc. A temple chariot is there in the Museum. Ivory carvings are another feature of this Trivandrum museum.

This Museum also houses Sri Chitra Art Gallery, which was opened in 1935. Works of Renowned painters like Raja Ravi Varma, Nicholas Roerich and Svetoslav Roerich (son of Nicholas Roerich) along with some of the contemporary painters are exhibited here. Mural painting copies from original works are also on display here. Art and Paintings of Mughal, Tanjore, Bali, Rajastani ,etc, also finds a place in Sri Chitra Art Gallery.

Napier Museum was one of the oldest museums in India, established in 1855. In 1874, construction for a new building was started and was completed in 1880. This museum in India was named after Lord Napier, who was the Governor of Madras (now renamed as Chennai) from 1866 to 1872.

This Museum is situated inside the Zoological garden compound. This Zoological garden at Trivandrum was established in 1857 and is spread over 55 acres of land. It is one of the oldest Zoological gardens in India,

How Do I Go to Napier Museum?

Napier Museum is situated inside the Museum and Zoo campus at a distance of 3 kilometers from the Thrruvananthapuram Central Railway station at Thampanoor, Thiruvananthapuram. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala state. Thiruvananthapuram is well connected by roads, trains and flights to other parts of the country. There is an International airport at Thiruvananthapuram, at 9 kilometers distance from Napier Museum.