One of the oldest museums of India, Napier Museum is situated in the heart of the city of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital of Kerela.
Established in 1855, the Napier museum reveals a glimpse of Kerala’s rich cultural heritage. Later Robert Chisholm rebuilt the museum in Indo-Saracenic style that boasts a natural air conditioning system. The museum is named after Lord Napier, the governor of Madras from 1866-1872. This 157 years old museum houses rare collection of bronze idol, ancient ornaments, and temple chariot and ivory carvings. The tall minarets, gothic roofs, stained glass windows, red and white grills, stone ornamentation and edifice stands in the lush observatory garden gives the museum an enamoring charms.
The museum also houses the 55 acres zoological garden, which is said to be the oldest and the Shri Chitra Art gallery that features rare collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and Roerich. “An oriental collection consisting of paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali offers a visual treat and are a tribute to the art and cultures of this country”.