His Exalted Highness 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 items presented to him were from public bodies and associations, Jagirdars (land owners), labour unions, different religious communities, Government departments and distinguished individuals from India and abroad and from his people.