Kerala Heritage Museums

The Archaeological Museum

This structure was built in the year 1904 by the then King (Raja) of Kollangode for his daughter. The design of this structure is an amalgamation of traditional Kerala as well as western architecture.

This erstwhile palace now converted to a museum exhibits some very interesting artifacts. There is a gallery displaying murals– traditional temple paintings. One of the important items in this museum is the manuscripts known as ‘Olagrandhangal’. These manuscripts were written on dry palm leaves and are preserved in this museum very carefully. Additionally there are stone carvings of figures and weapons used by the ancient people living in that region. Most of the artifacts displayed here are discovered from the forests of Wayanad and Thrissur. This museum also houses life-size statues of eminent and well known personalities of history.

Archaeological Museum Trissur

The Archaeological Museum is located in Thrissur and is inside the Thrissur Zoo Complex. It is open on all days of the week except Mondays from 10am to 5pm.

Pazhassi Raja Archaeological Museum

Payassiraja Museum Kozhikode

This structure was originally known as the East hill Bungalow and later in the year 1980 was renamed as Pazhassi Raja Archaeological Museum. It was named after the great Pazhassiraja Kerala Varma of the Kottayam royal family. Pazhassiraja led the famous ‘Pazhassi Revolt’ against the British East India Company in the later 1700s.

This museum houses artifacts from the Megalithic Age and the Indus Valley civilization. It has on display ancient coinsantique bronzes sculptures and utensils, miniature models of temples made from plaster of Paris, mural paintings etc. Umbrella stones and burial urns

which were the tombs of the rulers are on present here. Special idols called ‘Panchaloha idols’ which are made of an alloy of 5 metals is also one of the interesting things here.

The Pazhassi Raja Archaeological Museum is located in Kozhikode in Kerala. It is open on all days of the week except Mondays. Timings are from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm.

Arakkal Museum

The Arakkal Museum used to be the residence of the former Arakkal Ali Rajas- the only Muslim royal family of Kerala, who ruled parts of the Kerala coast and the Lakshadweep Island.

In the year 2005, this 200-year-old palace complex was renovated and converted into a heritage museum. This place is maintained by the Arakkal Royal family Trust with the help of the government. This Museum houses a splendid display of numerous artifacts and heirlooms belonging to the Rajas in their heydays. They have various manuscripts including old records and maps, which give a fair idea of the life and activities of the family, their monopoly on spices trade and their relationship with the European  colonies.

Arakkal Museum

Other items like old cots, pots, lamps, seats, costumes and clothing used by the royal family are tastefully exhibited.

The Arakkal palace museum is located in Ayikkara, near St. Angelo Fort, at a distance of 3km from Kannur town. It is open on all days of the week except Mondays.

Teak Museum

The Teak museum was established in the year 1995 on the campus of the sub-centre of Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI). The museum was established here owing to the historical significance of the region. The world’s first Teak plantation was established in Nilambur in the 1840s in order to ensure a steady supply of Teak timber to the British. This Teak museum in Kerala is considered as the first of its kind in the world and the only one in India.

The entrance door of this museum is made of teak wood. The museum consists of paintings of some of the oldest teak trees in the region. Detailed description on the 

flower, fruit and natural regeneration of teak, as well as the prominent characteristics of the various species of trees are exhibited. In addition to providing information related to everything about teak, the museum also has a collection of over 300 butterflies, moths and insects found in Teak plantations.

This Teak museum is located in Nilambur in Kerala and is open on all days of the week except Mondays. Timings are from 10am to 5pm.