The Collection

The HEH Museum was created at the wish of the seventh and last Nizam of Hyderabad. His rule along with his father’s rule spanned roughly a century from the middle of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century. During these years, the State of Hyderabad saw great development. The progress achieved by all the talented people concerned was celebrated in 1937, when a series of Silver Jubilee celebration functions were organized. These celebrations were held on the completion of 25 years of rule of the seventh Nizam. The Jubilee Pavilion Hall was built specifically for this purpose at the Public Gardens. It consisted of a dais at one end on which the Nizam sat under an ornamental pavilion. Many mementos, models, presentations and “Addresses” (formal declarations) were gifted to the Nizam then. Apart from these, he kept adding items presented to him later and made a trust called H.E.H. The Nizam’s Jubilee Pavilion Trust to hold and display this collection. A gold model of the pavilion is on display in the museum. Unfortunately, many of the names of the individuals who presented him with items in the collection have been lost in the mist of time. But it is apparent that, however modest the gift, the seventh Nizam treasured them all for the regard and affection with which they were offered. The present Trustees of HEH the Nizam’s Jubilee Pavilion Trust have organized and put on public display many of the items, including some new ones, given on loan for display at the museum.


Jewellery box studded with Pearls Perfume Bottle studded with Pearls Cups Studded with Pearls


The ASAF JAHI DYNASTY Khwaja Abid, the grand father of Asaf Jah I the founder of the Asaf Jah dynasty was the first to arrive in India in the 17th century from Farghana.He came from a Turkish family of teachers and intellectuals living in Central Asia originally in Samarquand.

Khwaja Abid joined the service of the Moghul emperors of India as a high ranking and competent administrator. His descendants also served the Moghul empire as competent administrators and high officers in the army. Even in his later years, when he was almost blind, Khwaja Abid’s army camps on campaigns were reputed to be the cleanest and the most orderly ones in India.

In the Deccan, Khwaja Abid’s grandson, known by his Moghul title Asaf Jah, established an independent state. Though the name of the then ruling Moghul emperor at Delhi was imprinted on the coinage for several years. Asaf Jah’s eldest son continued in the services of the Moghuls in Delhi, becoming the Prime Minister. Asaf Jah himself returned to Delhi one last time at the appeal of the Moghul emperor at the time of the invasion of Nadir Shah, emperor of Persia in Delhi. Again he distinguished himself by persuading Nadir Shah to stop the general massacre of the citizens of Delhi.

After the death of Asaf Jah I no clear successor emerged from among his sons until his fourth son Nizam Ali Khan became the undisputed ruler and was acknowledged with the title of Asaf Jah II by the Moghuls.

He and his successors ruled the Deccan through a constant succession of wars and shifting alliances with the Marathas, the French, the British and the rulers of the deep south.

The dynasty came to be called the Asaf Jahi dynasty, each successive Nizam assuming the title Asaf Jah. The last ruling VII Nizam of Hyderabad HEH Mir Osman Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VII was the creator of the trust which set up this museum.