Situated on the southern bank of the river Musi, the Salarjung Museum is the third largest museum in India housing the biggest one-man collections of antiques in the world. It is well known throughout India for its prized collections belonging to different civilizations dating back to the 1st century. Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III (1889-1949), former Prime Minister of the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad, spent a substantial amount of his income over thirty five years to make this priceless collection, his life's passion. The collections left behind in his ancestral palace, 'Diwan Deodi' were formerly exhibited there as a private museum which was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1951. Later in 1968, the museum shifted to its present location at Afzalgunj and is administered by a Board of Trustees with the Governor of Andhra Pradesh as ex-officio chairperson under the Salar Jung Museum Act of 1961.
The Salarjung Museum is a royal treat to the connoisseurs with a collection
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The Museum has 40,000 pieces spread over 78 rooms of Dewan Devdi, an ancestral city palace of the Salar Jungs before moving to its present location. Among the prized collections are: veiled Rebecca, Jahangir's dagger, Noor Jehan's fruit knife, Yaquti-ul-Mastami's 12th century Quran, The Clock and the Man-woman statue.
The collection inclde books, to porcelian, to guns, to swords, to statues from around the world.
The must-see items are Veiled Rebecca (sculpted from white marble) and a 100 year-old clock. The clock still in working condition is a special attraction for children, as a bird comes out at every hour.
The Indian Parliament has declared the museum an Institution of National Importance.