This three-storey edifice was opened in 2009 and showcases the rich heritage of Kerala's art and dance forms. Artefacts like masks, sculptures made in wood, stone and bronze, costumes of traditional and ritual art forms, musical instruments, traditional jewellery, manuscripts of rare medicinal and astrological secrets, and stone age utensils are all preserved in this museum. The building has Malabar, Cochin and Travancore styles of architecture, where the entrance is constructed from the remnants of a 16th-century temple in Tamil Nadu and wooden carvings brought from across Kerala. The entrance gate is decked with an attractive manichitratazhu (a traditional ornate door lock of Kerala). Pierced wooden windows, reflecting Malabar style of architecture, add to the beauty of the entrance. The first floor of the building, called kalithattu, is reminiscent of the Cochin style of architecture. It displays costumes of various traditional and ritual dance forms of Kerala like theyyam, kathakali, ottanthullal, and mohiniyattam. The second floor is called Kanjadalam or lotus petal, and is adorned with beautiful mural paintings and has a wooden ceiling made of 60 frames.

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