The Ethnological Museum is one of the most informative and interesting storehouse of knowledge for people who want to know about the Tribes of Kerala. The Museum is a part of the Kerala Institute for Research, Training and Development Studies of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (KIRTADS), and houses a large collection of artefacts, costumes, jewellery, household utensils, nets and traps, wood carvings, agricultural tools, musical instruments, and ceremonial paraphernalia of all the Tribal communities in Kerala. There are also displays of various ethnographic features and cultural backgrounds of each and every Tribe of Kerala. Besides,costumes of various performing arts and handicrafts made by the members of Schedules communities are exhibited here. Research and development works done by the Government for the development of indigenous groups are also well documented.
This Ethnological Museum was established in 1973. Its initial objective was to collect a wide range of items of material culture from Tribes, in order to assist researchers and students in the study of tribal culture. Later, access to museum was granted to the interested public also.
The new Museum is spacious with exotic artefacts on display. The handicrafts made by the Scheduled community members are quite captivating. The Museum also displays renowned anthropological collections from neighbouring States. To sum up, this one-of-a-kind museum, situated within the premises of KIRTADS, brings to light the hidden world of tribal history and the present-day tribal culture. The Ethnological Museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the rich and unique culture of the indigenous people. The Museum also offers information about related publications and tribal music.
Now the museum is a member of the Natioanal Consortium of Tribals.
Open on all working days Time : 10.15 am to 5.15 pm