State Museum

Museum in Hyderabad

This sprawling museum is in a fanciful Indo-Saracenic building constructed by the seventh nizam as a playhouse for one of his daughters. It hosts a collection of important archaeological finds as well as an exhibit on the region's Buddhist history. There's an interesting decorative-arts gallery, where you can learn about Bidriware inlaid metalwork and kalamkari textile painting, plus a bronze-sculpture gallery and a 4500-year-old Egyptian mummy.