AP State Archaeology Museum is a museum dedicated to archaeology located in Hyderabad, India. AP State Archaeology Museum was established in 1930. The museum would be a delightful one for the art lovers and it’s located in the picturesque & known Public Gardens. It was known by the name ‘Hyderabad Museum’ until Andhra Pradesh state government made it into archeological museum.
The palace for the museum was built for one of the daughter of Nizam king but she didn’t occupy the palace due to superstition. The specialty of this museum is that the museum in the only place with Ajanta paintings. They are more galleries like Bronze Gallery where you will find the bronze coins, bronze sculpture with general details like their time period, their dimensions, and their place of discovery. There is the statue of Kubera the laughing Buddha, a temple bell of 11th century and there is complete information available on bronze carving and crafts.
Then there is a Buddhist gallery which has various stone pedestals with inscriptions and drawings. The main attraction of museum is Egyptian mummy, a donation of VI Nizam Mahbub Ali Khan to the Last Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan. Apart from Buddhist gallery and the bronze gallery we have galleries like Brahmanical gallery, Jain gallery, Arms and Armour gallery, Numismatics gallery & others.
AP State Archaeology Museum is open from 10.30 Am to 5 Pm and it’s closed on Sundays. The entry ticket to this museum is Rs 10. The closest bus stop is Public Garden stop and the closest MMTS station is Nampally. You can also pickup postcards which exhibit antiquities and painting for 25 rupees and a booklet called ‘Bronze through the Age’ for Rs 35.