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Napier Museum

Napier MuseumThe structure of the Napier Museum was built in the 19th century. It is a unique example of the Indo Sarcenic structure which brings to the fore the rich heritage of the state. Located in the centre of the city, the place is named after the former Governor General of Madras, Sir John Napier. The museum is also known by the name of Government Art Museum. The Napier Museum is one of those rare places where the building is of as much significance as the collections within it are.

The Museum also houses the Sri Chittira Art Gallery which has a rare collection of paintings by the noted painters like Raja Ravi Varma, Roerich as well as the paintings from Mughal, Rajput and Tanjore schools. The museum has rare collection of items of archaeological and historical significance which include bronze idols, ancient ornaments, chariot and ivory carvings.

History of the Museum
It is among the oldest of the Museums in India. The building was first built in 1857 because of the efforts of the Maharaja Utharam Thirunal and others. The life of this building was short lived though as the structure was demolished to make way for a new structure to be named after Sir John Napier. The architect of the newly built Napier Museum was Chisolm who was a noted architect of his time.

Design and Construction
The structure of the Napier Museum is Indo Sarcenic and is an interesting blend of the architectural styles of Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and Italian architecture. Once you are here, you'll yourself notice the uniqueness of the tall minarets, roofs that give you a medieval feeling and the striking use of colours. The interiors of this building creates an atmosphere of a carnival. The building has been created in such a manner so that it remains well ventilated and comfortable to be in. This building was designed by Chisolm, a noted architect of his times.
Nearby Attractions
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu. The structure of this temple and the sculptures within are an interesting mix of the Kerala as well as Dravidian styles.

The Zoological Park
This one is among the earliest of zoos in India and among the least artificial as well. It often resembles a jungle situated right in the heart of the city.

How to Reach?
By Air
The Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is the nearest airport is just six km away from here.

By Rail
The Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is the nearest railway station which is about 2 km away.


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