Museums and Galleries in Pakistan

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On independence Pakistan inherited seven museums, out of which Museums at Lahore and Peshawar were run by the Provincial Governments while site museum of at Harappa, Moenjodaro, Taxila and the Armoury Museum in Lahore Fort were looked after by Central Government through its Department of Archaeology. a

Immediately after independence plans were taken in hand to establish National Museum of Pakistan. It was on 17th April 1950 that the National Museum of Pakistan was inaugurated in Freer Hall building, replacing the defunct Victoria Museum.

In order to advise the National Museum of Pakistan to enrich its collection through new acquisition, an Advisory Council for the purchase of antiquities and works of Arts was also formed by the government in 1950.

The development of museums in the country has been spectacular and the last decades have seen quite a few museums being established and many others reorganized on modern lines. Recently a museum exclusively devoted to Allama Iqbal at Javed Manzil, Lahore and another House Museum in the Quaid-I-Azam House (Flag Staff House) Karachi have been established. The detail of the existing museums under the charge of the Department of Archaeology & Museums as well as some of the private museums is given below:

Gandhara Art Exhibition in New York Objects from Karachi Museum

Provinces: S. No. Name of Museum Establishment

Balochistan: 1 Quetta Museum, Quetta


NWFP: 2 Peshawar Museum, 1947
3 University Museum-Peshawar, 1995
4 Chakdara Museum, 1960
5 Archaeological Museum, Saidu Sharif, Swat. 1963

Punjab: 6 Archaeological Museum Taxila, Distt. Rawalpindi 1990
7 Armoury Museum, old Fort, Lahore 1928
8 Mughal and Sikh Galleries in Lahore-Fort. 1928
9 Archaeological Museum, Harappa, Distt: Sahiwal (Reorganized) 1965
10 Allama Iqbal Museum, Javed Manzil, Lahore. 1967
11 Museum-cum-Library at Iqbal Manzil, Sialkot. 1977
12 Bahawalpur Museum, Bahawalpur 1977
13 Faqirkhana Museum, Lahore, (Private)
14 Chughatai Museum, Lahore, (Private)
15 Shakir Ali Museum, Lahore, (Private)
16 Arts & Craft Museum Lahore, (Punjab govt.)
17 Science Museum-Lahore,
18 Lokvirsa Museum- Islamabad
19 Natural History Museum- Islamabad

Sindh: 20 National Museum of Pakistan of Pakistan, Karachi 1990
21 Museum at Quaid-I-Azam Birth Place Karachi (Flag Staff House Museum) 1950
22 Archaeological Museum, Moenjodaro Distt. Larkana (Reorganized) 1953
23 Archaeological Museum, Banbhore, Distt. Thatta. 1967
24 Archaeological Museum, Omerkot, Distt: Tharparkar 1967
25 Archaeological Museum, Hyderabad Fort, Hyderabad. 1968
26 Moenjodaro Museum-Moenjodaro.
27 University Museum-Hyderabad

28 Pakistan Currency Museum 2011
Karachi Arts Council Gallery, Ali Imam Gallery, Koonj Gallery-
Lahore Al-Hamra Art Gallery, Lahore Art Gallery, Croweater gallery-
Islamabad National Art Gallery, Nomad Art Gallery- Rohtas Art Gallery -
Rawalpindi Karavan Art Gallery -