Arakkal Museum is located at Ayikkara, a small coastal village near St. Angelo Fort at Kannur. It stands as a tribute to the only Muslim royal family in Kerala. The museum is owned and managed by the Arakkal Family Trust. The museum is a part of the Arakkal Kettu (Arakkal Palace).
The old office and the Durbar Hall of the Arakkal Kettu were renovated and converted into a museum by the government in July 2005.
Arakkal Museum showcases the history and the regional influence of the Arakkal Rajas (rulers). The female rulers were called Beevis in their time of authority. The Arakkals gained importance in the Malabar region after they secured the fort and their association with the kings of Mysore.
The government has taken keen interest in preserving the heritage of the Arakkal family that had played an important role in the history of Malabar.
Varieties of heritage objects from the royal family of Arakkal are exhibited at the museum. The exhibits have been arranged by the Department of Archaeology with the financial assistance provided by the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala.
However, the museum continues to be owned by the Arakkal Family Trust and does not fall under the Archaeological Survey of India.
A nominal entry fee is charged by the Arakkal Trust from visitors to the museum.