Located besides Public Gardens in Hyderabad, State Archaeological Museum is one of the most popular tourist draws of the city. Open from 10.30 A.M. to 5.00 P.M. on all days except Monday, this museum is visited by both young and old. State Archaeological Museum, Hyderabad houses stone and metal sculptures.
If you are in the city of Hyderabad, then do not miss to visit this wonderful museum that includes a wide range of stone and metal sculptures that have been collected from ancient and medieval Andhra. The history of Andhra Pradesh witnessed many painters and sculptures. The works of these famous artists have been preserved in this State Archaeological Museum, Hyderabad.
The collection of the museum has been taken from the Satavahana and Ikshvaku periods. There are five galleries and one pavilion at the museum that includes a rare collection of Ajanta and Deccani painting. The modern art gallery at State Archaeological Museum, Hyderabad houses the paintings and sculptures of present-day artistes of city.
State Archaeological Museum is constructed in 1920 during the reign of VII Nizam. The Egyptian mummy is as old as the Satavahana period (second century BC). You also view the Buddhist and Jain relics and sculpture of different times and empires. The various galleries comprised in the museum are
- Buddist gallery
- Brahmanical & Jain gallery
- Arms & Armour gallery
- Numissmatics gallery
- Ajanta gallery
During your visit to the State Museum, you should also visit the Contempary Art Museum situated beside.