Built in 1855, the famous Napier Museum shares its premises with many important landmark buildings like the Natural History Museum, a Zoological Park, an Art Gallery, an Aquarium and a 3D Theatre amongst others – all of which is spread out over 55 acres of land. It was built with the aim of encouraging both native and foreign arts and crafts portraying events and people from history. The museum was named after the former Governor of Madras – Governor General John Napier and is also known as the Government Art Museum, taking inspiration from Indian, Mughal, Chinese and Malayali styles of architecture.
The exhibit features a plethora of historical artefacts and valuables such as bronze statues, temple chariots, intricate ivory carvings and ornaments. There is also a unique way that they tell the stories of Mahabharata and Ramayana – through Japanese leather shadow puppets. There is a lot to do here whether it be exploring the 550 plus artefacts featured at this museum, indulging in art, visiting the Aquarium, or taking a leisurely stroll in the part outside, with wind blowing in your hair and the sound of All India Radio played at the park.
Distance from the hotel: 17.4 km
Distance from the airport: 6 km
Driving time: 35 minutes