If you want to get an insight into the history, culture, traditions, art and crafts of a particular place then museum is the right place to go! Kerala museums reflect the glory of the erstwhile royalty as well as the colourful simplicity of its people.
Ambalavayal Heritage Museum
One of the best heritage museums in Kerala, it has a large collection of articles dating back to the 2nd century. It displays the belongings of various tribes of the land like: clay sculptures, ancient hunting equipment like bows and arrows, stone weapons and other curios.
Krishna Menon Museum
Located in Kozhikode, it has a collection of paintings by Raja Raja Varma and Raja Ravi Varma. Another session is devoted to the memorabilia of the former Indian Defence Minister and noted national leader Late Mr. V. K. Krishna Menon.
Museum of Kerala History
As the name suggests, it’s the best place to get the history of Kerala right. A statue of Parasurama - the creator of Kerala - greets the visitors. Life size figures of landmark events in Kerala civilization from the Neolithic age to modern era are depicted. It has an hour long ‘light & sound show’ which narrates about the makers of Kerala history, with music and commentary in both English and Malayalam. 87 prominent figures who shaped the history and culture of Kerala in the last 2000 years are featured here.
Pazhassi Raja Museum
5 kms from Kozhikode, it’s a treasure trove for the connoisseurs of art and history. Protected by the Archaeological Department it has ancient murals, antique bronzes and coins, megalithic relics like diamond cysts, temple miniatures and umbrella stones. It’s named after the great Pazhassi Raja Kerala Varma who was dubbed as the ‘Lion of Kerala’.
Science & Technology Museum
In Thiruvananthapuram, it exhibits objects related to science, technology and electronics. The Planetarium has a 40 minute science related show everyday. At an altitude of 60 metres above sea level, the Observatory here gives a bird’s-eye view of the city.
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum
Situated in Thiruvananthapuram, it’s a classic example of the Travancore architectural style. It was built by His Highness Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma. It’s a slice of heritage by itself! It has paintings and curios, 14 life size figures depicting Kerala legends and Kathakali, magnificent ivory cots, thrones of kings and a wonderful musical tree!
In Thiruvananthapuram, its architectural splendour blends the traditional Kerala style with the Chinese and Mughal influences. It has a rare collection of archaeological and historical artifacts.
It’s one of the most sophisticated and versatile planetariums in India. It has a centrally air conditioned sky theatre, conference hall, workshops, sound studio and other facilities. It’s rated as one of the best horizontal domed planetariums in the world. The famous ‘Man and The Universe’ show here depicts the origin of universe, star clusters and galaxies, birth and death of stars, nebula and supernova etc. etc.
Sree Chitra Art Gallery
Located in the Napier Museum ground in Thiruvananthapuram it has illustrious paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova, Nicholas Roerich, exquisite works from Rajput, Mughal, Tanjore, Bengali, Rajasthani, China, Japan, Tibet and Mughal Miniatures.