Friday, May 27, 2022


International Museum Day Special: Salar Jung Museum of Hyderabad

Museums are a link between the past, present, and most significant for the future generation. Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures, and development of mutual understanding, cooperation, and peace among peoples. First celebrated 40 years ago, International Museum Day celebrated globally on May 18 raises awareness about the importance of museums. 

One such museum that has for a long time carried the legacy in India is the Salar Jung Museum of Hyderabad. It is a repository of the artistic achievements of diverse European, Asian, and far Eastern countries of the world. The museum will be celebrating ‘International Museum Week’ from May 16th of this month till 21st and various programmes will be conducted on the occasion.

Addressing a press conference, Salar Jung Museum, Director Dr. A Nagender Reddy informed that the Union Culture Ministry is celebrating the International Museum Day on 18th May on the theme of “The Power of Museums”. He said that the museums are not only store house of cultural heritage, but also educational centres helping enhance knowledge of the visitors regarding history, culture and traditions of the bygone era.

Salar Jung Museum of Hyderabad

One of the notable National Museums of India, the Salar Jung Museum is an art museum located at Dar-ul-Shifa, on the southern bank of the Musi River in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan popularly known as Salar Jung III acquired most of the collections at the museum. The museum was opened to the public on December 16, 1951.

Art & Collection

There are 39 galleries in the Museum spreading over three buildings – Central Block, Eastern Block (Mir Laiq Ali Khan Bhavan), and Western Block (Mir Turab Ali Khan Bhavan). The Central Block has 26 galleries (ground floor 13 galleries, first floor 13 galleries), the Western Block – 7 galleries, and the Eastern Block – 6 galleries.

Based on the nature of the collections, the Western /European collections were displayed in the Western Block and Eastern collections in the Eastern block. Mixed collections including the Children’s section, Rebecca, musical clock, jade, ivory etc., and galleries were located in the central building. 

A rich reference library that contains reference books, a large collection of rare manuscripts, etc. is also located in the central building. Further, the museum has many coordinating sections such as the education wing, chemical conservation laboratory, photo section, display section, reception, and a sales counter. 

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