So you are an ardent art lover or an antique lover, how can you ever miss the Salar Jung Museum? Located at Darushifa in the city of Hyderabad – just on the banks of river Musi – in the newly formed state of Telangana stands tall the great Salar Jung Museum which is visited by approximately a million visitors yearly.
Collecting artifacts was a hobby which Nawab Mir Yousuf Khan, popularly known as Salar Jung III cherished. During his life time Nawab Saab kept on collecting artefacts from across the globe . The Salar Jung Museum stands tall as a testament for his passion.
This museum is known to be the largest one-man collection in the world and serves as a paradise for the connoisseurs of arts.
It Was Founded in the year 1951 at the resident palace of Salar Jung III, the museum was inaugurated by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. The Government of India took over the museum in 1958 and in 1961, the museum was declared to be of National Importance. Finally in the year 1968, the museum was shifted to its present location at Afzalgunj. The museum now has 38 galleries with three sections including the central block, the eastern block and the western block. It houses a wide collection of antiques with around 43,000 art objects, 47,000 books and 9,000 manuscripts from different parts of the world. Some of the artefacts are even centuries old.
Apart from the galleries, there is a Reading room, a Clock room and a Publication Counter in the museum. The Reading room has daily local newspapers and magazines for the readers. The Clock room displays an amazing collection of clocks right from the sundials to the modern timepieces. The publication counter has museum catalogues and picture postcards that are sold to the scholars. A cafeteria run by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism is also available at the museum.
Mir Yusuf Khan was a devout lover of artefacts and thus consecrated his entire life to the aggregation of valuable possessions from all over the world. Salar Jung Museum is an exquisite place to witness history at a glance. A visit to the Pearl city of Hyderabad is definitely incomplete without a visit to this incredible museum!
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