Art & Natural History Museum noted for its unique ornamentation and architectural style

Napier Museum Thiruvananthapuram

Napier Museum is an important landmark of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Located on the grounds to the Trivandrum Zoo, Napier Museum established in 1857 over 55 acres of land.

Napier Museum is built in an Indo- Saracenic architectural style. The museum is named after Lord Napier. The museum is housed in the Trivandrum Zoo, which is one of the oldest zoological gardens in India. It also contains the Sree Chitra Art Gallery, a separate art gallery established in 1935.

Napier Museum in Trivandrum

The set of museums, along with the zoo, are managed by the Department of Museums and Zoos, a branch of the Department of Cultural Affairs of Kerala.

Napier Museum Collections

The museum houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. Indian epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana are depicted in the museum, using Japanese shadow-play leather

Design & Construction

A building was constructed in 1857 during the reign of Uthram Thirunal Marthanda Varma, and later demolished in 1874 to lay foundation for a new building, during the reign of Ayilyam Thirunal.

The museum owns a garden which has many varieties of flowers and trees. It also shelters the oldest living rubber tree in Kerala. It was brought there in 1876 from Ceylon and planted in the museum grounds by Visakham Thirunal.

Visiting Hours

Saturday to Sunday: 10:00 am - 16:45 pm
Wednesdays: 13:00 pm - 16:45 pm
Closed on Mondays, January 26th, August 15th, Thiruvonam and Mahanavami

Admission Fee

Person above 12 years: Rs 20.00
Person below 12 years and above 5 years: Rs 10.00
Family tickets (father, mother & 2 children below 12 years): Rs 40.00

Group (35 students & 2 teachers) : Rs 150.00
Car Parking: Rs 150.00

Ticket sale upto 4: 30 PM only

Contact Address:
LMS Vellayambalam Rd,
Near Museum Junction,
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695033
Phone: 0471 231 6275


Thiruvananthapuram Central Bus Staion (2 km)
Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station (2 km)
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport TRV (9 km)

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