The Kerala Museum


The Madhavan Nayar Foundation is a registered non-governmental Public Charitable Trust, managed by a Board of Trustees. Read more about the Trust here.

The Kerala Museum is located on the National Highway connecting the Airport and the city centre. Its lush green ambience attracts 39000 visitors annually. 

The Kerala Museum, of the Madhavan Nayar Foundation was founded in 1984 by R.Madhavan Nayar who was a visionary industrialist and philanthropist.

The main components of this complex are The Museum of Kerala History and the Gallery of Contemporary Indian Art & The Centre for Visual Art.
The first is a kind of light-and-sound show that walks the visitor through thirty-eight life-sized tableaus that tell the story of this land through people who were pivotal to the history of this region and covers events over the past two thousand years. 

The Gallery, which opened in 1990 is considered an important compilation of contemporary Indian art from the end of the nineteenth century to the beginning of the twenty-first. There are three hundred odd works of painters and sculptors like Raja Ravi Varma, M.F.Husain, Abanindranath Tagore, F.N.Souza, Jamini Roy, B. Prabha, Sunil Das to name a few. An adjacent intimate space serves as the Gallery of Miniature Paintings.

Complementing these centres of knowledge are a collection of 2000 books on art, culture, history and allied topics, a small cafeteria and the museum shop. A favourite exhibit amongst our young visitors is the small collection of Indian Dolls.

Our Centre for Visual Arts offers a variety of gallery spaces on hire for exhibitions, or for the use of conferences, lecture demonstrations, film screenings, theatre productions or even just dialogue.

We also have an outdoor Amphitheatre, seating four hundred, the venue for the Annual 3 day Museum Fest, showcasing India’s talent for Kochi audiences.

Today in keeping with our Founder’s vision the Kerala Museum has broadened its ambit through art shows, and workshops, the spectacular performances hosted at the Museum Amphitheatre, collateral shows with the Kochi Biennale and the setting up of a Music and Dance Academy with classes in several classical disciplines.