In the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city lies the great Napier Museum and the Natural History Museum in the Museum compound. The museum complex also houses the Zoological Park, Art Museum, Art Gallery, Sree Chithra Enclave, KCS Panicker Gallery, Aquarium and 3D Theatre.
Built in the 19th century, it has its own natural air-conditioning system. It contains a host of historical artefacts including bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. People are especially impressed by the Japanese shadow-play leather that is used to depict the epics of the Mahabharata and Ramayana.
Kerala's rich cultural heritage is in full display here. The museum was named after the former Madras Governor General, John Napier. Also known as Government Art Museum, the architectural style of museum is a mix of Indian, Chinese, Kerala and Mughal Schools of Architecture.
Visiting Hours: Open 10:00 - 16:45 hrs. Closed on Mondays, Wednesday forenoons, January 26th, August 15th, Thiruvonam and Mahanavami.
The Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum, a modern structure, houses some excellent exhibits like the skeletal, bird, animal and taxidermy galleries. Photography is not allowed in the museum.
Natural History Museum Timings:
Open 10:00 - 17:00 hrs, Wednesday 13:00 - 16:45 hrs.
Closed on Mondays
Contact Details for History Museum:
Ph: +91 471 2318294
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, about 2 km
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 6 km
Latitude: 8.508907, Longitude: 76.95515