By Mohammed Yaseen Khan,
Hyderabad, June 15 (RAHNUMA) H.E.H Nizam’s Museum is a museum located in Hyderabad at Purani Haveli, a palace of the erstwhile Nizams.
The museum showcases the gifts that the last Nizam of Hyderabad State, Osman Ali Khan Siddiqui, Asaf Jah VII received on his silver jubilee celebrations.
It was inaugurated in the year 2000 in the Purani Haveli Palace by the Nizam Trust to introduce the splendor of the City of Hyderabad and its culture and civilization.
Temporarily closed by the administration in view of the complex situation due to the global pandemic and lockdowns, the museum was reopened to the public today.
“As the government announced for the lockdown H.E.H Nizam’s Museum was kept close for the visitors from 12th May to 14 June, said the welcoming Dr. Syed Seema Arshad, Administration Officer for the museum who spoke with The Rahnuma.
The museum’s administration has asked the public to observe it during all working hours of the week, except on Fridays.
“We ensure all the precautionary measures for the visitors since the pandamic started. Daily sanitazation of the galleries, compulsion of the mask for staff and visitors, and selo stones (square boxes) drawn with a distance of 2mts to maintain social distancing among each visitor. Thermal guns are given to the security guards at the entrance to check the body temperature of visitors before entering the museum premises. Furthermore, sanitizers and a hand wash facility is present at the entrance and visitors in a group of no more than 8 are allowed at a time in the galleries” said Dr. Seema.
The museum serves as a memorable repository mainly of souvenirs, gifts and mementos presented by dignitaries to the last Nizam gifts and mementos presented to the last Nizam on the occasion of the silver jubilee celebrations in 1936.
In its collection is a unique golden throne used for the Silver Jubilee celebrations of H.E.H Asaf Jah VII, a solid gold tiffin box studded with diamonds, a small mirror of the Jubilee Hall, a writing table, and coffee cups studded with diamonds which are a must-see!
The museum also has some of H.E.H Nizam’s vintage cars.
It is pertinent to mention here that in 2020 the Nizam’s gold and diamond tiffin was stolen and its estimated value was around Rs.300 crore (approx. $40 million USD).
However, the thieves were apprehended by Hyderabad’s Police within 24 hours, and the Nizam’s gold tiffin was returned to the museum.
A visit to the museum is reminiscent of the Asaf Jahi era, and a glimpse of the culture of the past comes alive before the visitor’s eyes.
According to Dr. Seema Arshad said, “Our hours of operation are between 10 AM to 4PM. General Admission entry tickets cost Rs.125 per person. Entry is free for students upto 15yrs old, and provides free entry passes for the physically challenged. Special concession rates for tourist groups (of over 50 people) are also available”.