The Government of Cochin started the Archaeological Museum, Thrissur as Sree Mulam Chithrasala (picture Gallery) in 1938. Mainly the collections of the museums are one year’s work of crafting of exact copies of mural paintings housed in Mattancherry palace and other temples of the former Cochin state.
The craftsman Sri.T.R.Madhava Warrior, V.S. Unni Nair and N.O.Antony had done the copying works artistically. Sri Jatyanti Lal and T.Prakaskh of Bombay under the supervision of V.R.Chithra of the Madras School of Arts guided these skilled craftsmen. The Gallery was first started in the balcony of Thrissur Town Hall.
In 1948 an Archaeological Gallery was attached to the Picture Gallery in order to exhibit the archaeological materials unearthed by the Department of Archaeology of the Cochin state. The picture gallery and the archeological gallery both were shifted to a new building in 1975 and renamed as Thrissur Archaeological Museum.
The building in which the Archaeological Museum is housed was constructed in 1904 by the then Raja of Kollangode for his daughter. It displays a mixed style of traditional and western architecture. The displayed items are Stone Age tools, mieroliths, excavated materials from Indus Valley and Harappa civilizations, stone sculptures ranging from 10th century to 7thcentury, Bronze sculptures ranging from 12th century to 18h century, copies of Mural paintings, Temple models, etc. It also houses excavated materials from megalithic sites like Urn burials (nannangadi), black and red wares, black wares russet coated wares, excavated materials from Cheraman Parambu (Kodungalloor), beads, iron implements, etc.
Thrissur Museum houses the highest collection of materials which are dug up from Megalithic Sites in Kerala. Visiting this museum one can explore the remnants of the old civilizations.
Facts in Brief :
Location : Chembukavu, Thrissur (near State Museum Thrissur)
Distance : 4 km from Railway station and Bus stand.
Nearest Railway Station : Poonkunnam (local), Thrissur (Main)
Entry Fee : Free
Working Days & Time : Tuesday to Sunday, 9.00 A.M. to 4.30 P.M
Holidays : Mondays and National Holidays
Address : Archaeological Museum, Kollangode House, Chembukkavu, P.O, Thrissur
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