Located in the Purani Haveli, Nizam's Museum is a place worth visiting. Boasting of a rich collection of memoirs, gifts, souvenirs from all over the world, it was created on the wish of last and the seventh Nizam, Asaf Jah VII, the museum showcases a glimpse into the lives of Nizams, who have ruled the city from 19th to 20th century, initiating a high rate of development.
In 1936, to mark the completion of 25 years reign of the seventh Nizam, various silver jubilee celebrations were organized. To celebrate this event, a special Jubilee Pavilion Hall was constructed at the Public Gardens (Bagh-e-aam) Hyderabad . During this celebration, Nizam has received gifts comprising of mementos, models and presentations, which constitute a larger portion of the items displayed at the Nizam Museum. Along with these, other gifts, which he had received from his well-wishers over the years, have also been kept for display.
He also made the trust Nizam’s Jubilee Pavilion Trust, to take care of the museum and the items, which have been showcased. The museum was open for public in the year of 2000 and since then it has been one of the most popular tourist spots in Hyderabad.
Nizam Museum is consisted of a wide range of rare souvenirs and exquisitely designed mementos. The major attraction here is the golden, wooden throne, which was used during the silver jubilee celebrations of the Last Nizam. There is also a gold model of the pavilion. Diamond inlaid gold Tiffin-box, paintings of Mir Osman Ali Khan, wooden writing box covered with mother-of-pearl, daggers studded with diamond and gold, caskets, etc., are a few popular items on display. An intricately designed silver perfume bottles, a gift from the Raja of Palvancha is also an admirable piece of art. For car lovers, there are vintage cars such as 1930 Rolls Royce, Packard and a Jaguar Mark V on display.
About 200-year-old proclamation drums and a manually operated lift that is more than 150 years old, are a few other features of the Nizam Museum that are sure to attract you.
Another prominent feature is the wardrobe of sixth Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Mahbub Ali Khan. The wardrobe, an entity in itself, is 176 feet long and has two levels. It is made up of Burma teak, one of the finest. The sixth Nizam, is said to have never repeated his clothes, which were given to other after being worn once by him. Hence, a section has been recreated based on his various photographs and account of his costumes. In another section of the wardrobe, costumes of other men, women and children of Hyderabad have been highlighted.
The best time to plan your visit to the Nizam’s Museum is between the months of October and February, as these months are comparatively colder, making it suitable for a relaxed sightseeing. It is open for visitors throughout the week, except on Fridays. Nizam museum timings are from 10 am to 5 pm. A minimal entry fee is charged as well. If you are interesting to clicking some photos of Nizam’s museum then you can take prior permission for taking your camera along. The rare collection is worth taking the effort and money as pictures of Nizam museum can be one of the best souvenirs of your Hyderabad tour.