Salar Jung Museum, located on the bank of the river Musi of Hyderabad, is considered as 'Institution of National Importance'. This treasure house of art has all the major collections that reflect in them the European, Asian and Far Eastern art.
The plethora of art from all over the world houses in the museum. There are different sections like 'Founder's Gallery', 'Indian Collection', 'Middle Eastern Art', 'Far Eastern Art' and 'European Collection' in the museum. The Founder's Gallery houses the portraits and personal artefacts of the Salar Jungs. There are unique souvenirs like the verse of praise in Urdu presented to Sir Salar Jung and Nizam VI in memory of their having attended the Imperial Declaration of Queen Victoria in 1877 at Delhi, and portraits of the Nizams of Hyderabad, under whom the Salar Jungs served as Prime Ministers.
There are three buildings each representing a block- Central Block, Eastern Block (Mir Laq Ali Khan Bhavan) and Western Block (Mir Turab Ali Khan Bhavan). There are about thirty six galleries in the Museum divided in all of these buildings.
The Indian Collection section of the museum consists of stone sculptures, bronze images, painted textiles like Kalamkari, wood carvings, miniature paintings, modern art, ivory carvings, jade carvings, textiles, metal-ware, manuscript, arms and armour and many more. As you observe them keenly, you'll definitely carry the imprints of Indian Heritage. The Salar Jung Museum which has some of the largest one-man collections of antiques in the world exhibiting objects of art like Chinese Porcelain, Aurangazeb's sword, daggers belonging to Queen Noor Jehan, Emperor Jahangir and Shah Jahan including 'The Vieled Rebecca'.
In the Middle Eastern Art section, you will see diverse collection of Persian, Arabian, Syrian and Egyptian art. It comprises of collection of carpets, manuscripts, glass, metal-ware, furniture, lacquer of these countries.
The Far Eastern Art section houses some of the extensive and rare collection, which is found in very few Indian Museums. This gallery includes porcelain, bronze, enamel, lacquer ware, embroidery, painting, wood and inlay work from China, Japan, Tibet, Nepal and Thailand. The Chinese collection pars with any of the collection found there.
Masterpieces of several nineteenth century British painters, including the work of artists of the French, Italian and German schools, forms an integral part of the European Collection. Also on display are Venetian glass, Sevres porcelain, Dresden china, Wedgwood pottery, English furniture and Greek sculptures.
In the Children's gallery, all the objects and possessions of the childhood days of Salar Jung III are on display. This section is of great interest for kids as they enjoy all through.