Built in 19th century, the Napier Museum is one of the finest art and historical landmarks in Thiruvananthapuram that houses a vast collection of arts and antiques which is quite special and unique. An embodiment of Indo Sarcenic architecture makes it one of the captivating attractions in the distinct of Thiruvananthapuram, in the state of Kerala.
The museum displays a wide range of rare ornaments and antique decorative items of erstwhile golden era lifestyle. Some are the extra-ordinary archaeological and historic artifacts such as bronze idols, ivory paintings and ancient ornaments are illustrated in this museum. One of the prime attractions of this museum is the Sri Chitra Art Gallery which has unique work of Raja Ravi Varma and Nicholas Roerich. It is also stored some antiques of Mughal and Tanjore art. The museum was recognized in 1855. The old Museum Building was flattened in 1874, and later the new structure was laid down. The latest well-structured museum was named after Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras from 1866-1872.
The supreme architect, Robert Chisholm was designed this architectural masterpiece. He was the best consulting Architect of the Madras Government. The overall construction of this museum was finished in the year of 1880.
This museum is the oldest landmark in this city representing exceptional adornment and amazing architectural style along with gothic roof and minarets. The Indo-Saracenic structure also has a well-maintained air conditioning system.
On its ground floor, a Zoological garden is located which is one of the oldest as well beautifully embellishment locations in India. Founded in 1857, this Zoo covers over 55 acres (220,000 m2) of land and houses several exotic animals and birds.