The collections of the Salar Jung Museum are reflections of the previous human environment. These collections span the period from the early 20th century A.D. to the 2nd century B.C.
The museum's collection includes more than 46,000 works of art, 8,000 manuscripts, and more than 60,000 printed books.
Visitors to the museum are allowed to get an understanding of the arts that are practiced in India. At the same time, Indians are given a chance to examine many facets of the art produced in other nations worldwide.
This collection has been separated into the categories of art from Nepalese art, Indian art, Middle Eastern art, Persian art, Japanese art, Chinese art, and Western art.
In addition, there is a particular gallery known as 'The Founder's Gallery' dedicated to the distinguished Salar Jung family.
When it comes to collecting things, Salar Jung III had a wide variety of interests and a multifaceted personality, both of which are reflected in the pieces that are now on exhibit in the museum's area dedicated to children.
The collection of Indian art includes works such as miniature paintings, modern paintings, bronzes, textiles, ivories, jades, bidri pottery, arms and armor, stone sculptures, wooden carvings, metalware, and manuscripts.
In this area, you will also find paintings from the medieval period and sculptures from ancient Andhra. The Salar Jung Museum houses what is thought to be the world's most extensive collection of 'Bidri pottery.'
These artifacts include but are not limited to carpets, paper (manuscripts), ceramics, glass, metalware, furniture, and lacquer.
The museum is proud of its collection of figurative and narrative Persian carpets that portray scenes from 'Khusrau.' These carpets are among the museum's most cherished items.
It includes articles such as brilliant and superb examples of oil paintings, aesthetically pleasing glass objects, magnificent furniture, splendid examples of ivory, enamelware, and clocks. These are only some of the items in the collection.
The 'Veiled Rebecca' marble sculpture was created by G. B. Benzoni and was purchased by Salar Jung I in 1876 during his travels across Italy. It is considered the most valuable and important object in the museum.
The museum's vast collection includes Japanese and Chinese artworks, including porcelain, bronze, enamel, lacquer-ware, embroidery, paintings, wood, and inlay work.
In addition to bringing joy to the youngsters, the things stored in this section also offer them an unofficial type of education.
The gallery is home to several fascinating artifacts, one of which is an early 20th-century train that may be riding for a limited distance.
The museum is home to an extensive library with valuable items such as rare books and illuminated manuscripts. There are emperors such as Akbar, Aurangzeb, and Jahanara Begum whose signatures are found on signed manuscripts and their seals (daughter of Shah Jahan). It is clear from the collection of books in the library that Salar Jung III and his forebears were significant supporters of the literary arts.
Salar Jung Road, Hyderabad 500002 India