The Museum of Kerala History is not just a typical museum. This museum narrates the history of Kerala with such informative and spectacular sound and light displays. Here, the stories are represented in line with the lives of 87 notable instrumental personalities that have shaped the path of Kerala’s future. The museum highlights everything, starting from the earliest years of Kerala to its modern age. This attracts so many locals, students, tourists and intellectuals.
As the narration begins, the shows emphasize the social, literary and cultural aspect of the state of Kerala. The displays cover the entire history of the state over the last 2000 years. Some of the earliest people in Kerala are the Senguttavan, Ilango Venmani, Nannanof Ezhimala, Pothyyilmala’s Ay Andiran, Aryan Immigration, Shankaracharya, St. Thomas, Cheraman Perumal Nayanar and Kulasekhara Alwar.
The Kerala History Museum was created by R Madhavan Nayar, who is the late trustee handling the Madhavan Nayar Foundation. He was a notable philanthropist, industrialist and innovator in India’s Sea Food Export Industry. Nayar was also an art enthusiast, which is why he decided to build the museum.
Aside from the sound and light shows, the museum also display a gallery of sculptures and paintings of India’s various artists. The displays represent the variety of contemporary art in India for the last 200 years.
There is a popular saying that a picture conveys what a thousand words cannot. This is why you should visit the Museum of Kerala History for you to find out its magnificence up-close. The first thing you will see as you enter the museum compound is its lush grounds. This will lead you to the MNF Gallery where the paintings, sculptures and visual art pieces are displayed. The gallery holds a variety of creations, which will give you a glimpse of the marvelous culture and history of the state of Kerala. Some of the well-known artists included in the gallery are M.F. Hussain, Mammiyoor Krishhan Kutty Nair, Jamini Roy, Raja Ravi Varma, Manu Parekh and many more.
There are a total of four sections inside the museum, which are the gallery of visuals, gallery of paintings and sculptures and a doll museum. At the entrance, you will find a statue of Parasurama, a renowned saint who — according to ancient stories — is said to have reclaimed Kerala from the sea.
One of the most fascinating cultures of Kerala is that the state is believed to be God’s Kingdom on earth. This is why the artists always depict their artworks with the notion that Kerala is this world’s heaven.
The Museum of Kerala History is open to the public every day, from 10 AM to 5 PM except Mondays and public holidays. The entry fee is around Rs. 8 for adults (U$D 0.14) and Rs. 5 for children (U$D 0.9). This is a really good bargain for an amazing museum. The light and sound shows are displayed at specific times of the day; 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:00 NN, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM and the last show at 4:00 PM.