The Napier Museum is an art and natural history museum situated in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala, India. The museum was established in 1855. In 1874, the old museum building was demolished and foundation for the new building was laid. The new building was named after Lord Napier, the then Governor of Madras. The architectural masterpiece was designed by Robert Chisholm, the consulting Architect of the Madras Government, and the construction was completed in 1880. Napier Museum is a landmark in the city with its unique ornamentation and architectural style in keeping with traditional Kerala wood-work and tiled roof alongside other gothic structures and minarets--a fusion sometimes refered to as the Indo-Saracenic, or formally Hindoo style.
The museum houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artefacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. It also contains the Sree Chitra Art Gallery, which contains works from Raja Ravi Varma and Nicholas Roerich, as well as examples of Mughal and Tanjore art.
The Museum grounds also hold the famous Trivandrum Zoo, which is one of the oldest zoological gardens in India. This Zoo was established in 1857 and is spread over 55 acres (220,000 m2) of land.
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