Hyderabad State Museum is now known as AP State Museum. It is situated in the Public Garden of Hyderabad. It is the oldest museum of Hyderabad. The Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan, desired to save the cultural heritages in his state and he created the Department of Archaeology in the year 1915. Since the collection became so huge in the year 1930, it resulted in starting of the museum in the Public Gardens of Hyderabad.
The museum consists of many galleries committed to arms and armoury, bidri ware, bronzes, coins, copies of Ajanta murals, manuscripts, miniatures, modern paintings, sculptures, stone sculptures, textiles, weapons, and so on. Next to the British Museum, A.P. State Museum has a plentiful collection of coins (the second largest collection in the world). It has about 14,000 gold coins, and around 1,00,000 silver, lead, and copper coins of different dynasties of Andhra Pradesh.
The museum is being opened on all days, except Fridays, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. The visitors are not permitted to take photos in the premises of A.P. State Museum without prior permission.