Located near the Napier Museum, the Sree Chitra Art Gallery was established in 1935. The gallery has a good collection of miniature paintings from the Mughal and Rajasthani schools, Roerich paintings, paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali, and copies of murals. The century-old world famous paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, who pioneered the art of oil painting, is a star attraction of the gallery. Four hundred year old Thanjavur paintings are also on display at the gallery.
The gallery is open from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs and on Wednesdays from 13:00 to 17:00 hrs. The gallery is closed on Mondays.