Salar Jung Museum
A relic of history on the banks of the Musi River, Salar Jung Museum is located at Darushifa and is one of the crowning jewels of Hyderabad. It is one of the three national museums in the country and also among the largest at 10 Acres and 2 Floors. The most astounding part of going through Salar Jung Museum and its collection is realising that all of the artefacts inside belonged to and were collected by one man alone! The collection inside the museum is owned by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan who was also known as Salar Jung III. With over one million paintings, sculptures, carvings, manuscripts and artefacts, the museum is a repository of art collections a few of which date as far back as the first century. Some of the valuable and rare pieces in the museum are – A painting of Raja Ram Mohan Roy – the artist, Aurangzeb’s sword, daggers that belonged to Shah Jahan, Jehangir and a full wardrobe of Tipu Sultan. The museum also has a number of priceless sculptures such as Veiled Rebecca, Double Statue of Mephistopheles & Margaretta and many more. The biggest attraction at the museum is the musical clock that dates back to the 19th century and consists of more than 350 parts.
Salar Jung Museum is the third largest museum in India and is the biggest one-man collection of antiques on the planet. The collection inside the museum was sourced from the Salar Jung Family. The museum is a testament to the passion of Nawab Mir Yusuf Khan for arts and antiques. It also houses an excellent library with more than sixty thousand books and almost eight thousand rare manuscripts.