Keralam – Museum of History and Heritage in Thiruvananthapuram is a museum that aims to document the history and heritage of Kerala that spans over 3000 years as per available prehistorical and historical evidence. The museum is situated inside the Kerala Tourism complex, opposite to the Napier Museum and the Zoo in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala.
Established by the Govt. of Kerala in 2011 as an autonomous body under the Cultural Affairs Ministry. It is the first Thematic and Interactive Museum in Kerala, showcasing various aspects of the culture and heritage of the state. Keralam Museum is a joint venture of Kerala Tourism and the Kerala State Department of Archaeology. The museum is placed within the Park View mansion, near the famous Napier Museum and Thiruvananthapuram Zoo.
In order to enable effective content delivery and user interaction, the museum employs modern techniques such as touchscreen terminals to illustrate the exhibits and multimedia systems to render documentary videos.
Keralam Museum Major Exhibits
Keralam has for you a range of exhibits that would make you familiar with the many facets of the land like its people, traditions, lifestyle, art, trade and many more.
Some of the exhibits awaiting you attention in the museum are:
Bhoothagana, 16th Century
This stone sculpture of the servant of Lord Siva is a rare piece and shows the Udara Mukha Gana (face in the stomach) complete with the thrisoolam (trident) and the simhakundalam (lion-shaped ear ornaments).
Burial Accompaniments, 1000 BC to 500 AD
Belonging to the Iron Age, this jar and bowl are characterised by a black and red tinge imparted by a unique burning method. These were collected from the rock-cut caves at Kuruvettur, Kozhikode.
Roman Dinari, early centuries of the Common Era
Proof of Kerala's maritime contacts with the Roman Empire - coins collected from the Eyyal Horde found in 1948.
Brahma, 14th Century
This wooden sculpture is a fine example of Kerala's expertise in wood carving. A 'Devakoshta' figure (bracket figure that adorns temples, but not worshipped), here Brahma is seen in the Dhyana Mudra.
Ganapathy (L) & Vanasastha (R), 17th Century
murals from the Pundarikapuram Temple, Thalayolaparambu, Kottayam.
Yoga Narasimha Murthy, 14th Century
This Devakoshta figure of Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, was obtained from the Kulathupuzha Sastha Temple.
Celts, 3000 BC to 1000 BC
Proof of Neolithic inhabitation in Kerala, these stone axes collected from the banks of the Periyar River, are a significant discovery.
Nataraja, 16th Century
This bronze sculpture depicts Ananda Thandavam and traces its origin to the Thanjavur Brihadeswara Temple of Raja Raja Chola.
Museum Visiting Hours
Opening Hours: 10:am - 5:30 pm (Saturday to Sunday)
(Closed on Mondays & Public Holidays)
Keralam Museum Entrance Fee
Adults- Rs. 20
Children - Rs. 10
Adults - Rs. 200
Children - Rs. 50
Tourism Directorate Compound,
LMS Vellayambalam Road,
Near Thiruvananthapuram Corporation Office,
Thiruvananthapuram - 695033
Phone: 0471-2320231, 9188847937
How To Reach Keralam Musuem
Thiruvananthapuram Central bus Station (2 km)
Thiruvananthapuram central railway station (2 km)
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (9 km)