The Napier Museum and Natural History Museum are located close to the Zoological Park in Thiruvananthapuram city. In addition to its natural air conditioning system, it contains bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot, and ivory carvings. It was built in the 19th century. The shadow-play leather used to depict the Mahabharata and Ramayana in Japan is especially appreciated by people.
A museum displaying Kerala's rich cultural heritage, the Government Art Museum was named after the former Governor General of Madras, John Napier. This museum has a unique architectural style that combines Indian, Chinese, Kerala and Mughal styles.