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Salar Jung Museum
The Salarjung Museum is the third largest museum in India housing the biggest one-man collections of antiques in the world. It is well known throughout India for its prized collections belonging to different civilizations dating back to the 1st century. Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III 1889–1949, former Prime Minister of the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, spent a substantial amount of his income over thirty five years to make this priceless collection, his life's passion. The collections left behind in his ancestral palace, 'Diwan Deodi' were formerly
exhibited there as a private museum which was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1951. Old timers believe that the present collection constitutes only half of the original art wealth collected by Salar Jung III. His employees siphoned off part of it, since Salar Jung was a bachelor and depended upon his staff to keep a vigil. Some more art pieces were lost or stolen during the shifting of the museum from Dewan Devdi to the present site.

 Later in 1968, the museum shifted to its present location at Afzalgunj and is administered by a Board of Trustees with the Governor of Andhra Pradesh as ex-officio chairperson under the Salar Jung Museum Act of 1961.

There are 20 galleries on the ground floor while first floor has 18 galleries. The exhibits on different subjects are displayed in separate galleries.

A trip to Hyderabad is incomplete without visiting Salar Jung Museum. The vast collection of over 43,000 artifacts and over 50,000 books and manuscripts is a magnificent treat to watch. The museum has the distinction of showcasing both national and international collections consisting of Indian Art, Middle Eastern Art, European Art, Far Eastern Art along with Founders gallery and antique manuscript gallery. The artifact collection include stone sculptures, bronze images, jade carvings, wood carvings, ivory carvings, metal-ware, carpets, manuscripts, arms & armor, furniture and lots more. The European collection consists of oil and watercolor paintings. The top attractions at the museum are a translucent white marble statue of Veiled Rebecca by Bezoni, and the Arms section.


Salar Jung Museum
Jubilee Post, Afzal Gunj,
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500002

The museum is open from 10:00 in the morning till 5:00 in the evening. Entry fee is Rs.10/- for Indians and Rs. 150/- for foreigners.

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