About Museum

Thiruvananthapuram Natural history Museum is a scientific institution with an exhaustive collections of current and historical specimens of animals, plants, geology, paleontology, and more. The museum possess an excellent galleries to share the amazing wonders of the natural world with the public.


Swathi Thirunal (1813-1847), illustrious king and music composer who ruled Travancore during 1830-1847 may be said to be the visionary behind establishment of the Natural History Museum in Thiruvananthapuram.

It was however left to his brother Uthram Thirunal Marthanda Varma and British Resident William Cullen to formally establish the institution. A Museum was started in the year 1853, in a part of the Bungalow of John Allan Broun, then Director of the Trivandrum Observatory. The specimen of Travancore rocks offered by General Cullen formed the earliest collection in the institution. This museum was thrown open to the public in 1857.

Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan

Chief Minister of Kerala

Shri. Ramachandran Kadannappally

Minister for Ports, Museums, Archaeology and Archives

Adv. K. Raju

Minister for Forests, Animal Husbandry and Zoos

Dr. Venu V. IAS

Principal Secretary, Cultural Affairs ( Archaelogy, Archives, Museums)

Shri. S.Abu

Director ,Department of Museums and Zoos

Smt. Vijayalakshmi P V