Nenapu Museum of Banking

Museum Address
Mysore Bank building, Kempegowda road, Majestic.
City
State
Karnataka
Pin Code
560002
Are there any docents or guides who visitors can directly call to book for a guided tour?
No
When was the museum established?
2016
Main category
Other categories
Briefly describe the history of the museum, its collection and donors.

The Nenapu museum was established with a vision of preserving the legacy of the State Bank of Mysore, which merged with State Bank of India in 2017. Before its union, senior officials of the bank formed a committee to institute a museum for the memories of the State Bank of Mysore. N Krishnamachari, the current managing director of the bank, inaugurated the museum in the head office premises. The museum is housed in the historical stone building that represents a blend of Indian and colonial architecture, with semi-circular arched windows, jack arched roofs, high ceiling and exquisite bracket details.

 

The museum has eight rooms archiving a rich collection of historical records and original documents that outline the significance of this century-old banking institution in Karnataka. It traces the origin and historical development of the bank from its inception and displays the bank’s certificate of incorporation, its first logo, list of first directors of the bank, images of the first head office building, first chairman and manager of the bank and its first balance sheet. It also depicts the bank’s progress, development and growth in other parts of the country over the years. One section is specifically dedicated to the founding fathers of the bank--Sir M Visvesvaraya and His Highness Sri Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, their ideology behind setting up the museum and their vision for the bank.

 

Another section houses a collection of trophies, medals and shields won by the bank officials during various events, and showcases the achievements of the leaders of the bank. One of the main attractions of the museum is the room that showcases the history of paper notes and coinage in India as well as the evolution of banking in Karnataka.

 

Another interesting part of the museum is the bank of antiques featuring a range of furniture and machines used in the bank like adding machine, comptometer, clearing schedule machine, iron safe and a wooden cash box, to name a few. The last section exhibits a chronological list of all the nationalised and state level banks along with their year of establishment and founders.

Photography
No
Videography
No
Cafeteria
No
Museum shop
No
Wheelchair friendly
Yes
Restroom
Yes
Drinking water
Yes
Locker room
No
Parking
Yes
Information in Braille
No
Workshops/seminars/lectures
No
Garden/picnic area
No
Audio/visual guides
No
Guided tours
No
Library and archives services
No
IT facilities ( Photocopying, printing, computer )
No
Auditorium
No
Conference/ Seminar hall
No
Museum membership
No
Conservation lab
No
Research lab
No
Who manages the museum?
Others
Others:
State Bank of India
Person-in-charge of the museum
Other
Additional information ( if any)
The museum is closed on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Entry to the museum is restricted and depends on the rush at the bank. The museum will only be opened with prior permission.
Reference Link
https://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/museum-of-memories/article22396994.ece https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/money-and-banking/sbm-striving-to-preserve-its-103yearold-legacy/article9434818.ece
What is the average duration to see the museum?
1-2 hours
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Is the museum currently closed?
No
Image for museum exterior/building
Mysore Bank building (now State Bank of India)
Gallery Images
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Entrance hall of the museum
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Museum display rooms
Entry Fee
Not Applicable
Getting there
The museum is located in one of the most busy neighborhoods of the city. The area is well connected to the rest of the city through buses, auto-rickshaws, cabs, taxis and metro trains. The museum is at a five minute walk from the Visvesvaraya metro station (Central College) (green line) , 15 minutes from the city railway station and 10 minutes from the Kempegowda bus station.
Opening Days
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Opening Time
10:00 a.m.
Closing Time
04:00 p.m.
Other Information
Lunch break - 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.