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Salar Jung Museum
📍 Salar Jung Museum, TelanganaView map ›

🗓 Best Time To Visit:October to February

⏰ Open Hours:10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Closed on Fridays and Public Holidays

🎟 Entry Fees:₹20 for Indian Citizens, ₹500 for Foreign Nationals

📌 Known For:One of the largest museums in the world, famous for its unique collections of artifacts, antiques, and art pieces

🚶‍♀️ Traveller Types:History buffs, Art lovers, Family, Solo Travellers

📍 Distances:6 km from Hyderabad Deccan Railway Station, 24 km from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

🚀 Things to Do:Explore the 38 galleries spread across two floors, Attend the light and sound show, Visit the museum library

💡 Tips:Photography is prohibited inside the museum. Allocate at least 2-3 hours for a thorough visit

♿ Accessibility:Wheelchair accessible with ramps and lifts

🍽 Nearby Eateries:Sarvi Bakers & Restaurants, Shadaab Restaurant, Cafe Bahar

🛍 Souvenir Shop:Available on the premises selling miniatures and replicas of exhibits

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Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad: Timings, Ticket Price, Exhibitions

Nestled in the heart of Hyderabad, the Salar Jung Museum is a treasure trove of rare artifacts, exquisite paintings, and unique antiquities from around the globe. One of the highlights is the Veiled Rebecca, a stunning marble statue created by Italian sculptor Giovanni Maria Benzoni.

The museum houses over one million paintings, sculptures, carvings, manuscripts, and artefacts from various countries and periods, collected by one man, Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, also known as Salar Jung III. It also houses a remarkable collection of jade, including a jade dagger that belonged to Emperor Jahangir.

History Of Salar Jung Museum

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- The Salar Jung Museum was established by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan (Salar Jung III) in 1951.

- Initially, it was a private collection housed at his palace, Diwan Deodi.

- Salar Jung III was the prime minister of the Nizam of Hyderabad from 1912 to 1914.

- He was a passionate collector of art and antiques, spending most of his fortune and time acquiring rare pieces from around the world.

- Salar Jung III died in 1949 without any heirs, leaving behind a vast collection of over one million objects. After his death, the collection was shifted to Afzalgunj in 1968.

- This move was carried out under the supervision of the Salar Jung Board of Trustees.

- The board was formed by an act of Parliament in 1961, declaring the collection a national museum.

- The museum was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, on December 16, 1951.

- Since then, the museum has been a popular destination, attracting visitors from all walks of life who come to admire and appreciate the legacy of Salar Jung III.

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Exhibits At Salar Jung Museum

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The museum is divided into three blocks: Block A, Block B, and Block C, each containing several galleries that display different types of objects.

Veiled Rebecca: This stunning marble statue by Italian sculptor Giovanni Maria Benzoni depicts Rebecca, the biblical character who married Isaac, lifting her veil with her left hand while holding a water jug with her right. The statue, considered a masterpiece of sculpture, can be found in the European Gallery of Block A.

Musical Clock: Made by Cook & Kelvey of England in the 19th century, this fascinating clock plays music every hour and displays a parade of small figures. The clock, with a mechanism that produces different sounds, also shows the time in five different countries. You can find it in the Central Hall of Block B.

Double Statue of Mephistopheles & Margaretta: This curious statue in the European Gallery of Block A by French sculptor Jean-Jacques Feuchère depicts Mephistopheles, the devil who tempts Faust, and Margaretta, the innocent girl who falls in love with Faust, from Goethe's famous play "Faust." Made of bronze, the statue appears as two different characters depending on the viewing angle, showcasing an impressive optical illusion.

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Jade Room: Displaying a collection of jade objects in Block C from various countries and periods, this splendid room features daggers, swords, bowls, cups, plates, boxes, vases, hookahs, jewelry, and more. Some objects include intricate carvings and inlays of gold, silver, enamel, or precious stones, belonging to famous rulers and personalities like Emperor Jahangir and Tipu Sultan.

Ivory Gallery: The ivory gallery can be found in Block C with a collection of ivory objects from various countries and periods, this magnificent gallery features carvings, paintings, miniatures, furniture, chess sets, fans, combs, boxes, and more. Some objects have intricate designs and historical significance, such as the ivory throne of Tipu Sultan or the ivory painting of Queen Victoria.

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Art Found Inside Salar Jung Museum

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The Salar Jung Museum boasts a truly remarkable and diverse collection, with over one million paintings, sculptures, carvings, manuscripts, and artifacts from various countries and periods including India, Persia, China, Europe, and Egypt.

Indian Art: Stone sculptures, bronzes, wood carvings, miniature paintings, modern paintings, ivory, jade, textiles, metal ware, manuscripts, Bidri, arms and armor, and utility ware.

Middle Eastern Art: Arabic and Persian manuscripts, Egyptian and Syrian art.

Far Eastern Art: Chinese and Japanese porcelain, bronzes, enamel, lacquer-ware, embroidery, paintings, wood and inlay work.

European Art: Includes fine art, historic manuscripts, and a collection of European porcelain.

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Timings and Entry Fee of Salar Jung Museum

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Entry Fee:

From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm - Indians: 20 rupees, Foreigners: 500 rupees, Students (up to 18 years) with ID cards: Free entry

Defence personnel in uniform: 50% concession

Organized Kisan parties (holidays): 50% concession

Still camera: 50 rupees

Ticket Information:

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter near the museum entrance.

Tickets can also be booked online through the museum's website or app.

Audio guides are available for 60 rupees, providing detailed information about the museum and its collections.

Guided Tours To Salar Jung Museum

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On average, visitors spend around 2 to 3 hours exploring the museum. However, if you're someone who likes to take their time and read every description, it could take longer.

Guided tours are available at the Salar Jung Museum. These tours are usually conducted by knowledgeable guides who provide insights into the museum's collection, history, and significance of various artifacts.

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Places To Visit Near Salar Jung Museum

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If you want to explore more of Hyderabad after visiting the Salar Jung Museum, you will be glad to know that there are many nearby attractions that you can visit.

Charminar: This is a majestic monument that was built by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 to commemorate the end of a plague. It is a four-sided archway with four minarets that stand 56 meters high. It is about 2 km away from the museum.

Mecca Masjid: This is one of the oldest and largest mosques in India that was built by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1614. It is named after Mecca, the holy city of Islam, as it contains bricks that were brought from there. It can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers at a time.

Chowmahalla Palace: About 3 kms from the museum, this magnificent palace was the official residence and seat of power of the Nizams, built by the Nizams of Hyderabad between 1857 and 1869. You can see various artefacts, paintings, weapons, costumes, furniture, and vehicles that belong to the Nizams.

Golconda Fort: This was the place where the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond was found. This majestic fort that was built by the Kakatiya dynasty in the 13th century and was one of the most powerful and prosperous forts in India that controlled the trade of diamonds, pearls, and other precious stones.

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How to Reach Salar Jung Museum

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The Salar Jung Museum is located at Darushifa on the southern bank of the Musi River in Hyderabad, Telangana. It is easily accessible by public transport or private vehicle. Here are some of the options to reach the museum:

By bus: You can take any bus that stops at Afzalgunj Bus Stop, which is about 1 km away from the museum. From there, you can walk or take an auto-rickshaw to the museum.

By metro: You can take the metro to MGBS Metro Station, which is about 2 km away from the museum. From there, you can take an auto-rickshaw or a taxi to the museum.

By taxi: You can book a taxi or an Ola/Uber to the museum from anywhere in the city. The fare will depend on the distance and traffic conditions.

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Tips for Visiting Salar Jung Museum

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- Plan Your Visit: Allocate at least 3 hours to explore the museum thoroughly due to its size and numerous galleries.

- Musical Clock: Witness the musical clock at 12:00 pm or 6:00 pm for a delightful parade of small figures.

- Must-See Exhibits: Visit the Veiled Rebecca and the Double Statue in the European Gallery for exquisite sculptures.

- Library and Reading Room: Explore the library and reading room for rare books and manuscripts, some of which are available digitally through the museum app or website.

- Avoid Crowds: Try to avoid visiting on weekends and holidays to minimize crowds and queues. Consider booking tickets online in advance.

- Follow Museum Rules: Adhere to the museum's rules and regulations regarding object handling, photography, littering, and other guidelines. Check the museum website or app for the complete list of dos and don'ts.

Salar Jung Museum Reviews

This was our last day in the city and we did not have anything planned for the day. We just wanted to kill time as our return flight was early morning at 4 am next day. We started our day with a lovely breakfast. Post our breakfast we rested for a while and headed to Salar Jung museum. We did not take much interest but there are lot of things from the history of Nizam's that is kept for visitors to see. We shortly left from there and had our breakfast in a restaurant located in the same premises which i would not recommend as the food was not that great. We finished our lunch and booked a Uber to Golconda fort. An hour's journey again we reached around 5.15 PM. The fort is has lights show in the evening and you need to reach by 5.30 PM to buy the tickets for the show, else you cannot attend. We did not buy as we were not planning to stay there for long. We left the place shortly and proceeded to Birla temple. Post visiting the temple we came back to our hotel and rested for a few hours before leaving for the airport. We checked Out from our hotel and left for the airport to take our flight back to mumbai. Important notes. 1. Please carry sport shoes as there is a lot of walking involved 2. The sight seeing places are located in distant places hence consider atleast 1 hour of travel time between locations. 3. It is said that Ola fares are cheaper in Hyderabad, hence use both Uber and Ola to compare fares to destinations. 4. Nehru Zoological park is closed on Mondays so plan your itinerary accordingly.Frequent searches leading to this page weekend getaways from hyderabad, hyderabad itinerary for 5 days, hyderabad tour packages for 2 days, hyderabad tour packages for 2 day by bus, package from hyderabad, nehru zoological park hyderabad telangana timings
The Makkah Mosque is situated just a quarters away.Now that it was lunch time, I, on the recommendation of the car driver decided to have lunch at a famous restaurant called “Kamat Hotel” which is located at the nearby Nampally. The restaurant though didn’t look very impressive from the outside but, later on, proved to be really good. The restaurant is situated close to the state legislative assembly and happens to be a popular eatery for all the MLAs and MLCs. The restaurant seemed to be extremely popular among the people of the city.I had to wait outside for a brief amount of time to actually get myself a place to sit and eat. However, the wait was worth it as I got to taste a really good local Thali named as the “Limited Edition Kamat Thali.” The thali is the most popular dish on the menu and everyone seemed to be ordering it.Small Puris, Rice, Sambar, two Sabjis having the local flavor, Rasam and Payasam as sweet dish left me satiated gastronomically.I had also ordered the Moong dal dosa or Pesarattu which was also different and something I hadn't tasted before. “Kamat Hotel” was really impressive. It being so old still continues to be popular among people. Very few restaurants can actually hold onto this kind of clientele for this long.
One of the 3 National Museums in India, the Salar Jung Museum is home to the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world. The Museum has a vast collection of furniture, paintings, textiles, ceramics, sculptures, metallic artefacts, carpets, manuscripts, clocks, and carvings. There are ~40 galleries here spread across 3 buildings and 2 floors and even with all of this, it is said that this is just about 1/4th of what the Salar Jung family collected/owned from across the world. Veiled Rebecca, a marble statue, which was created by an Italian sculptor G B Benzoni and brought by Salar Jung I in 1876, on his trip to Italy is an unique masterpiece displayed here. There are only 4 of these across the world, and this one here in Salar Jung museum is different in one minor detail (visit to find out ;-)) than the other 3 which are similar to each other. There are several collections which date way back to the 1st Century also. Another beautiful piece of art is a vintage musical clock. A bearded man in a robe comes out of an enclosure and hits the bell, the hits count signifying the hour of the day.
Good Morning !! I was a bit in a nostalgic mood today and history is no better explained in museums than anywhere else. So I proceeded to the Salarjung Museum and cameras weren't allowed to get in, so I couldn't take my camera in, but I enjoyed the Museum and everything it had to offer. I spent a good amount of time and I had my lunch. I was just passing my time about in the noon. In the evening, I made it to the Hussain Sagar Lake and the boats they cruise around. Its a great experience to have.. small cruises always make it enjoyable wherever a tourist tours. It was around 8:00 PM and I headed back to hotel but on way back, I purchased the famous Karachi Bakery Biscuits. Trust me, the one who eats one cookie will never ever get satisfied eating one. The person will end up tasting more and more. I somehow controlled my taste buds and diverted them to the dining hall where I had my dinner.
One of the must see places in Hyderabadis the Salar Jung Museum, huge museum and a lot of things to see. It is basically a blend of cultures, from Indian to European to Japanese and Chinese. The museum consists of vintage furniture, walking sticks, crockery, carpets and paintings form a different era. It may take up to two days to see the whole museum which is divided in different wings and the same are numbered. Take up one wing at a time and then move to the next. There is an age old clock which shows the correct time since years, it is an attraction in the museum because of the way it functions. You can easily spend hours in the museum if you are willing to see each and every room like I did. The furniture is exquisite and so is the porcelain crockery. The museum also consists of famous paintings and sculptures.
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