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.
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?
The Thiruvananthapuram International Airport which is the nearest airport
is just six km away from here.
The Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is the nearest railway
station which is about 2 km away.