Nizam Museum or H.E.H Nizam’s Museum is a museum located in Hyderabad at Purani Haveli, a palace of the erstwhile Nizams.This museum showcases the gifts that the last Nizam of Hyderabad state, Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII received on his silver jubilee celebrations.
The Nizam’s Museum, is located in the stately Purani Haveli. The palace was acquired by the II Nizam in about 1750 when he made Hyderabad the capital of the State. It was the first home the family had in the city. The palace has been preserved though much of the land around it has been re-developed. Many of the old buildings in the great rambling complex are used by educational institutions.
A fascinating collection of articles presented to the fabulous VII Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, is being put on public display. This was his wish as it tells so much about his times and about the achievements of the people of Hyderabad. It also tells us a lot about the Mir Osman Ali Khan himself.
The core of the museum is a rich collection of souvenirs, gifts, mementos and models presented to the VII Nizam on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations in 1927 and later. He had been ruler of the State of Hyderabad for over twenty five years of remarkable development, progress and prosperity.
The sixth Nizam was HEH Nawab Mir Mahbub Ali Khan Bahadur 1869 – 1911. He was a man inspired, driven and even obsessed by his overwhelming desire to improve the condition of his people. The sixth Nizam took an active part in the administration of the state, especially after the death of his capable prime minister Salar Jung. His constant struggle was to regulate its finances. He had many setbacks due to the lack of financial acumen of the otherwise capable ministers, calamities like floods and famine, and British policies.
The sixth Nizam himself managed not only to reduce the levels of corruption but, after 1901, with the ministerial services of the Maharaja Kishen Pershad and the assistance of J.C.Walker, Financial Adviser (later minister), he also achieved economic stability. It was due to the dedication of the Sixth Nizam, and other gifted men and women, that the State started to flourish and its people progressed to enhanced wellbeing.
The sixth Nizam was a man who loved the people of Hyderabad and who became the most beloved (Mahbub) of the people of Hyderabad. Not infrequently he would, at night, put on the dress of a poor man and slip out incognito to mix with the people on the streets and in the ‘chai khanas’ – tea houses. He would listen to the grievances and the aspirations they voiced. His belief was that he could only serve them effectively when he heard their grievances first hand.
He was a large hearted man who alternated between bouts of pursuing pleasure and performing his duties with great diligence. He was a man of dignity, compassion, humility, rigid integrity and unbounded generosity – a man whose greatest happiness was the happiness of his people of Hyderabad.
Location: Purani Haveli, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002