A visit to the Napier Museum complex is another such marvelous example of fine architecture. This Museum is named after the former Madras Governor General, John Napier and is also called the Government Art Museum.
It is a treasure house of arts. The building was built in the 19th century by the British architect Chisholm. Interestingly built, with a beautiful garden, it is a blend of different eras, architectural styles of Italian, Chinese, Kerala and Mughal, all put together very beautifully and intelligently. It is a sight to behold. It has a unique natural air-conditioning system. The museum has a proud eclectic collection of bronzes, historical and ancient ornaments, ivory carvings and chariots used by royals of yore.
There is an interesting antique clock here which is four centuries old and also an herbal coat which was used by the king of Travancore. These are a few of the many attractions here. The structure is surrounded with a well planned beautiful garden with various kinds of flowers.
The art gallery in Napier Museum is called as Sree Chithra Art Gallery which features a rare collection of paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and Nicholas Roerich, Svetlova among other great artists, and artworks from the Mughal, Rajput and Tanjore schools. An oriental collection of paintings from China, Japan, Tibet, Bali and Java is a treat to view.
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