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Napier Museum in Trivandrum

·  Summer: March-June (28°C - 37°C)
·  Winter: October-March (20°C - 30°C)
·  Monsoon: June-September

Best time to visit:  November-July

Opening Time: 10:00 a.m. (01:00 p.m. on Wednesday)
Closing Time: 04:45 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Monday and forenoon on Wednesday

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  INR 10
Children:  INR 5
Cameras:  INR 25
Video Camera:  INR 75
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals Adults:  INR 10
Children:  INR 5
Cameras:  INR 25
Video Camera:  INR 75
Established in 1855, Napier Museum is no less than an icon in the city of Thiruvananthapuram. Admirable for its Indo-Saracenic Architecture, featuring gothic roofs, minarets and outstanding ornamentation, the museum building in itself is an attraction worth exploring. The museum houses rare historical and archaeological collections of artefacts, ornaments, ivory and wood carvings, bronze idols, traditional musical instruments, temple chariot, textiles and a variety of handicrafts.

The museum complex is also home to the Natural History Museum which exhibits the galleries of mammals and birds, skeleton galleries and fossil tree trunks. Yet another attraction in the premises is Sree Chitra Art Gallery, which has fine collections of oil paintings by Raja Ravi Verma and work of other eminent painters from China, Japan and other countries. Roerich paintings, murals and miniature paintings are other highlights of the venue.

Napier Museum shares the premises with Trivandrum Zoo, another must-visit attraction to watch animals like Bengal tiger, Asiatic lion, leopard, Asian elephants, Indian rhinoceros, zebra, giraffe, hippo and many more.

Road: The state capital Thiruvananthapuram has excellent road connectivity with all major destinations of South India. The museum located in the heart of the city is easy to access by modes like local buses, taxis, cabs and auto-rickshaws.

Railway: Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station is only about 3 km. from the museum. Taxis, cabs and auto-rickshaws are available at the station to cover the distance.

Airway: The international airport of Thiruvananthapuram is just about 7 km. from the museum. The best idea is to hire a taxi or an auto-rickshaw from the airport.