At a distance of about 3.5 kms from Trivandrum Central Railway Station, The Napier Museum (also called as Govt. Art Museum) is one of the earliest Museums in India established by the Maharaja of Travancore in 1855. It is located in Zoological Gardens compound.
It was built in the Indo-Saracenic style. It has a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, ancient ornaments, bronze idols, ivory carvings and a chariot. The museum is named after the former Governor General of Madras, Sir John Napier.
The Museum building sports a rare combination of the Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and Italian architectural styles. The Sree Chitra Art Gallery inside the Napier Museum features a rare collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, Roerich and some fascinating works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of painting, paintings from Japan, China, Bali and Tibet.
Timings: 10 AM - 4:45 PM. Closed on Mondays. 1 PM to 5 PM on Wednesday and on Public Holidays.