The Durbar Hall and its grounds has a rich history to boast of. The 100-year old building gets its name from being the place that was used by the Rajas of Cochin to conduct their durbars. The building with its elegant Dutch exterior, its deep verandah, modern interior and marble flooring is a fine piece of architecture. Painting of illustrious artists like Raja Ravi Varma, Manu Parekh, Souza and Padmini adorn the inner walls of the two-storeyed building. Exhibitions of paintings by contemporary artists are also frequently held at the Hall. This has made the place a favourite haunt of art connoisseurs. When it was under the Department of Archaeology, the building was known as the Parikshith Thampuran Museum. Today, it is called the Durbar Hall Art Gallery.