The Art Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Zoo were built in the same compound in 1885 AD. Covering an area of thirteen and a half acres, the museums and the zoo are located at Chembukkavu. The archaeological museum was started as ‘Sree Mulam Chithrasala’ (Picture Gallery) in 1938 under the auspices of the Government of Cochin. It was shifted to the new building in 1975. The museum houses big life-size statues of famous and eminent personalities, models of ancient temples, monuments, manuscripts written on dry palm leaves, megalith collection consisting of earthen pots, Urn burials (Nannangadi) black and red wares, black wares russet coated wares, stone age tools, excavated materials from Indus Valley Civilization and Harappa, excavated materials from megalithic sites like beads, iron implements, excavated materials from Cheraman Parambu (Kodungallur) stone sculptures ranging from the 10th century to the seventh century, bronze sculptures ranging from the twelfth century to the eighteenth century etc. It has artifacts from Thrissur district, Wayanad district and Palakkad district.


  • Located in Chembukkavu, 2 km from Thrissur Railway Station


Open 1000 – 1700 hours on all days except Mondays and National Holidays


Art Museum (Inside Zoo compound)

The art museum displays collections of wood carvings, metal sculptures, ancient jewellery, stone figurines and some Chinese and Japanese artefacts. A sample of kodakallu (umbrella stone), or prehistoric dolmen spotted around many places in Thrissur, can also be seen in the museum. The kudakkallu was a secondary burial site.


The Natural History Museum (Inside Zoo compound)

Along with specimens of various animals, entomological objects and stone sculptures, it showcases the skeleton of the biggest elephant in India. It also has an interesting section displaying the costumes of Kerala.


Thrissur Zoo

See parks, gardens and picnic spot