The Salar Jung museum in Hyderabad is one of the top museums in India and is definitely worth a visit on a trip to the South Indian city. Salar Jung museum is the third largest museum in India, housing the biggest one-man collections of antiques in the world. Belonging to the Salar Jung family who served as Prime Ministers of Hyderabad, it is well known throughout India for its huge and varied prized collections belonging to different civilizations dating back to the 1st century.
Nawab Mir Yusuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III (1889–1949), former wazir (Prime Minister) of the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad Osman Ali Khan (r 1910–49), spent a substantial amount of his income over thirty five years to make this priceless collection, his life’s passion.
The collections left behind in his ancestral palace, ‘Diwan Deodi’ were formerly exhibited there as a private museum which was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1951. Old timers believe that the present collection constitutes only half of the original art wealth collected by Salar Jung III. His employees siphoned off part of it, since Salar Jung was a bachelor and depended upon his staff to keep a vigil.