People can have a sneak peek into history to know about it through a number of tales and historical events that carry on to generations. The same concern made the last leader of Hyderabad state Mir Osman Ali Khan, the seventh Nizam safeguard the rich cultural legacy of his administration amidst British rule to avoid any exploitation of history in the beginning of the 20th century.
This great idea of the seventh Nizam lead to formed the department of Archaeology in 1915. It underwent several general investigations and excavations in his authority state under the leadership of Dr Ghulam Yuzdani with vast collection of antiques and works of art ranging from different eras of history.
This museum was setup in the place of Public Gardens, Hyderabad, with the name of Hyderabad Museum in 1930 to safeguard this vast collection. It was later transformed to ‘Andhra Pradesh State Archaeology Museum (AP State Museum) in 1968, as the ruling changed from dominion to democratic organization. After the separation in 2014 the present Telangana Government has changed the name to Telangana State Archaeology Museum.
The arcades of the museum were categorized into specific sculptures, weapons, arms and armory, bronzes, manuscripts, Bidri ware, textiles, Kakatiya mandapa, Brahmanical and Jaina, Modern paintings, coins, miniatures, porcelain, Chineseware, etc. One can also find sculptures of Chalukyan period to recent Vijayanagara period along with antiquities dating back to 2nd CAD to 3rd CAD in main Buddhist and Hindu sculpture gallery.
The seventh Nizam of Hyderabad has donated the most precious collection to the museum, a genuine Egyptian Mummy, the daughter of the sixth Pharaoh.
One can see the Hyderabad’s royal life and dignity of the exclusive collection of the past rulers in this museum like reproductions of the Ajanta paintings, not to be seen anywhere else in India. The manuscripts division includes a Quran bearing the stamp of the Moghul ruler Shah Jahan. The affluent compilation of coins includes thousands of gold, silver, potin also from melted metal that pompously makes the museum next to the world’s first British Museum, London.
Currently, the State Museum’s has a research oriented approach and is moving by getting several periodicals about its rich anthology. The document sector is also undergoing digitization to protect for the coming generations in this fast varying world.
The Telangana State Archaeology Museum is one of the highly suggested places for all visitors who want to take a trip back to about 2000 years.
TS Archaeology Museum Entry fee:
10.00 Rs/- per person
100.00 Rs/- per camera for photo
500 Rs/- per camera for video
Timings: 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Transport: Nearest MMTS station Lakdikapool.
Bus from Secunderabad 8A
MMTS Trains available from Secunderaded. Lakdikapool MMTS Station.
From MGBS Bus Terminus 9X, 65GP, 225D.
5-10-193, I Floor,
H A C A Bhavan,
P G Road,
Near Control Room,
Hyderabad, Telangana 500004.