Museums in Kerala vividly capture the rich traditions and cultural heritage, the state has been endowed with. Kerala prides itself of a number of stellar museums, putting on exhibition, carefully preserved memoirs of the past. Top 7 museums in Kerala are being enlisted here for your ready reference.
This archaeological museum is situated in Kochi suburb. Constructed in late 19th Century, the sprawling complex of 54 acres once was the seat of administration of Kochi kings. The heritage section puts on display bejewelled ornaments, intricately carved beds, weapons, coins, marble sculptures, paintings, seats and exquisite artefacts from the king’s era. The campus is used for cultivating rare medicinal species apart from housing a deer park. There is also a ‘Manuscript Resource Center’. Precious stone studded gold crown and ornaments would dazzle you.
The museum was erected by the concerted efforts of 62 supremely skilled carpenters over a period of seven years. It houses antiques collected from nook and corner of South India. Items of special interest are quaint window frames, ceilings painted manually, puppets depicting folk tales, dancer attires, architectural masterpieces, unique musical instruments etc. If you are lucky, you will get the chance of spectating cultural performance and dances like Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Kalaripayattu or Mohiniyattam taking place in the hall.
North Malabar’s Kannur is famed for being ruled by Arrakkal family, the only Muslim dynasty in Kerala. The royal family’s Durbar Hall has been transformed into a museum and showcases cots, seats, pots, lamps, attires of the regal era. Government of Kerala maintains the place with the aid of royal descendants.
Thrissur’s royal palace has been converted into archaeological museum and provides a vista to the exquisite works of art of the bygone era. Inside the palace you will come across a beautiful gallery of murals which are paintings done gracefully on the walls of the temples. Temples, which South India piques itself for, which overwhelm us duw to their grandeur and immensity of structure have been kept in miniature versions by casting the models in plaster of Paris. A section is devoted to preserving of rare manuscripts and parchments from the ancient times. Medicinal knowledge as inscribed on dry palm leaves can also be seen here. Veerakallu or the weapons used by royal armies are also kept in the museum.
The museum showcases the influence of Portugese invaders on the regional art and architecture. Late Joseph Kureethra, Bishop of Kochi indefatigably preserved for establishing the museum in a bid to preserve the rich Christian Diocese heritage. There are five major sections within the museum, namely Altar, Treasure, Procession, Civil Life and Cathedral. Within the museum, you will come across Church of Our Lady of Hope’s 16th century altar prepared from teak wood; Bishop’s House’s 19th century chasuble; Santa Cruz Cathedral’s Processional cross of 17th century made by combining silver and wood; and Indo-Portuguese Monstrance among a motley of attractions. The Coat of Arms of the Franciscans is worth seeing.
Trivandrum’s Art and Natural History Museum came into existence in 1880. The Gothic roof and minarets reminds one of Anglo-Saracen architectural style. The building is a rich exhibition of the architectural genius of the people of that time. Inside the museum, you will come across richly done ivory carvings, temple chariots, antiquated ornaments, bronze idols and artefacts. In the Sri Chitra Art gallery, the picture of the regal family members of various Indian Kingdoms will grab your attention. Raja Ravi Verma had painted the pictures of these kings decked up in elaborate adornments. Paintings of Russian artists Nicholas Roerich are also put on exhibition.
This planetarium has the capacity to accommodate 184 people in one seating. It is India’s best horizontal domed Planetarium. Exciting shows on planetary alignments of celestial bodies are organized which try to unravel the mystery of the universe for the common audience. The show ‘Myriad suns’ sheds light on the processes of birth and death of Stars, Star clusters, Black Holes, galaxies etc. 3D shows are also organized to allow the audience to better feel the way universe conducts itself.