A Collectors Pride
Salarjung Museum is one of the much lauded tourist attractions of Hyderabad City. It is the largest one- man collections of the world by Mir Yusuf Ali Khan, popularly known as Salar Jung III (1889-1949). He served as Prime Minister to Nizam 1912, at the age of 23, but resigned two and a half years later. Thereafter he dedicated his whole life collecting antiques and art, which were the only passions of his lonely life. He spent considerable portion of his wealth for collecting them.
This museum is well known throughout India for its prized collections of about 40,000 objects belonging to different civilisations dating back to the 1st century. In the year 1961 it was declared to be an "Institution of National Importance" by an Act of Parliament, known as the Salar Jung Museum Act, 1961. The Salar Jung Museum was originally housed in Diwan Devdi. It was shifted to the present building in 1968, which stands on the banks of the Musi.
The museum is full of many such interesting objects. The museum is divided into Indian Art, Children's Art, Middle Eastern Art, Far Eastern Art, and European Art. The collections displayed include sculptures, wood carvings, religious objects, swords, daggers, armours, manuscripts, furniture, vases, snuff boxes, utensils, archer's rings, ornaments, pottery, clocks, miniature paintings, portraits, silver, costumes and even toys which come from all over the world, France, England, Switzerland, Germany, Persia, China, Japan, Burma, Sri Lanka.
The Clock Room
The clock room is one of the best galleries with a collection of more than 300 clocks. The major attraction of this museum is a musical clock, which was sold by Cook and Kelvy of England. The clock is a mechanical wonder, a toy figure of a watchman who pushes open the door, emerges hour after hour in a great hurry to beat the melodious gong that indicates time. Other highlights in the museum include the "veiled Rebecca", "Mestophiles" and "the Lady with the lamp".
The Museum attracts nearly ten lakh visitors annually.
Timings: 10.30am To 5pm
Closed: Fridays And Public Holidays
Photography: By Permission
Air: Hyderabad being the capital
city is well connected by air from all the important cities of the
Rail: Hyderabad has got its own railhead and is connected with all the major cities within the state and outside.
Road: Regular bus service connects Hyderabad with all the important places within the country. For city transportation city buses, taxis, and auto rickshaws are also available.
For accommodation purpose tourist can check out the various budget and star hotels in Hyderabad .