An archeological museum situated adjacent to the Shiva temple in Durbar Hall Road, Ernakulam, the museum features a rich collection of the 19th century paintings, Pre-historic monuments, Old coins in a numismatic gallery, Scriptures in stone and Plaster of Paris, Copies of mural paintings and the collection from the Cochin royal family. The museum figures as one of the most notable ones in the whole country.
The erstwhile guest room or the Durbar Hall of Kochi Rajas is a
sprawling, traditional Kerala style building. The museum was once a
place to greet the guests of the royalty and a venue for the official
ceremonies and meetings organized by the royal family. Now, under the
patronage of State Archaeological Department, it has been aptly named
after Rama Varma Parikshith Thampuran, the Family's last ruler.