Mural Art Museum is the only museum dedicated to mural arts in Kerala. It is situated in Kollengode Palace in Thrissur, India. Thrissur being the cultural capital of Kerala, is home to various arts and culture related outlets.
It was started as a part of SreeMulamChithrasala in 1938. Afterwards it was an archaeological museum and in 2009 it was renovated and opened to the public. The museum houses a gallery of murals from all over Kerala and preserves a rare treasure of Veerakallu, temple models, manuscripts written on palm leaves, life-size statues of eminent personalities, a megalith collection consisting of earthen pots, Nannangadi (urn burials) black and red wares, black wares russet coated wares, stone age tools, excavated materials from Indus Valley Civilisation and Harappa and CheramanParambu, Kodungallur.
The murals here are not just contributed by local artists but by artists from the world over. Murals refer to paintings being directly done on the walls and other such permanent fixtures. The museum not only plays host to these beautiful permanent paintings but also has on display various framed ones as well.
This museum was started to not just encourage the existing artists and give them a good platform to display their artworks but also to motivate youngsters to take up the artform and appreciate its true beauty. Murals are ideally done on public walls and meant for public display as they capture the various moods and hues of the society as a whole.
Apart from all the murals, the museum also houses several rare manuscripts that were written on palm leaves, old utensils and tools, rare relics that were excavated from the Harappa Mohenjodaro dynasty and also from Kodungallur. This museum forms a very important part of the cultural diversification of Thrissur and hence has become an absolute must visit place.