Photographer: D'Cruz, Zachariah
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph taken about 1900 by the Government photographer, Zacharias D'Cruz of a view of the Museum, Trivandrum in the erstwhile Travancore State. It is one of 76 prints in an album entitled 'Album of South Indian Views' of the Curzon Collection. George Nathaniel Curzon was Under Secretary of State at the Foreign Office between 1895-98 and Viceroy of India between 1898-1905.Side view of R.F. Chisholm''s Napier Museum, showing use of polychrome brick, with pitched roof and dormers in local style. This is an adaptation of Chisholm''s original design of 1872, which includes tall twin towers not seen here. The idea of establishing a museum was first mooted by the British Resident William Cullen in the late 1840s. It was realized under the able supervision of the Government Astronomer John Allan Broun in 1852. The museum in its early days until 1873 was housed in the Government residence occupied by Broun and later moved to a new building designed by Chisholm. It was occupied in 1880. Attached to the Museum is a Public Library started in 1836.