The famous Museums in Pakistan are listed below:
1. National Museum of Pakistan, Karachi, Sindh.
The National Museum of Pakistan in Karachi houses exhibits devoted to the main phases of the country’s history. These include pre- and proto-history, Gandhara, the Islamic era and the Independence struggle. The Quranic gallery has exquisite displays of calligraphy and page illumination.
10 am – 5 pm, closed Wednesday)
2. Archaeological Museum, Banbhore, Sindh.
The Museum at Banbhore contains relics relating to the site, which covers several periods including Parthian, Hindu-Buddhist and Islamic. The exhibits include pottery shards, metal work, ornaments and utensils.
3. Archaeological Museum, Moenjodaro.
The museum at Moenjo Daro contains artifacts from the site, including jewelry, tools, toys, and the famous seals depicting animals and the still undeciphered Indus Valley Civilization script.
(Apr – Sept, 8.30 am – 12.30 pm and 2.30-5 pm; Oct-Mar 9 am – 4 pm).
4. Archaeological Museum, Taxila, Punjab.
Taxila Museum is situated between Sirkap and Bhir Mound. It has a fine collection of Buddhist sculptures and stupas, coins and ornaments unearthed from the site.
(8.30 am – 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm in summer; 8 am – 4 pm in winter)
5. Archaeological Museum, Harappa, Punjab.
The museum at Harappa contains exhibits from the cemetery and other parts of the site, including etched carnelian beads, shell objects, tools and domestic implements, toys, seals, animal and human figurines, and weights.
(08:30-12:30 & 14:30-17:30 summer)
6. Archaeological Museum, Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Swat Museum has fine displays of Buddhist sculptures and friezes which show the development of the Gandhara art form. The ethnographic section has displays of local Swati handicrafts such as silver jewelry and embroidery.
(8.30 am – 12.30 pm, and 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm in summer; 9 am – 1 pm and 2 – 4 pm in winter).
7. Allama Iqbal Museum, Lahore, Punjab.
Javed Manzil was originally the poet’s own home. It is now the Allama Iqbal Museum and houses his personal effects including letters and calligraphy executed by him.
8. Quaid-i-Azam Birth Place, Karachi, Sindh.
Wazir Mansion was the birthplace of the Founder of the Nation, where he spent his early childhood.
9. Umer Kot Museum, Umerkot, Sindh.
The museum at Umerkot is housed in the Rajput Fort. It contains specimens of Mughal armament, miniatures, coins, official documents and manuscripts.
(8 am – 4 pm daily)
10. Islamabad Museum, Islamabad.
Islamabad museum presents the history of the region which is now Pakistan, beginning from prehistoric times. Exhibits include fossil remains from20 million years ago, 2 million year old man-made stone tools, pre-Indus Valley remains, Gandhara Grave Culture and Gandhara art, early Islamic settlements, and the arts and crats of the Sultanate and Mughal periods.
(Tuesday to Thursday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Closed on Wednesday. Prayer break on Friday from 12:30 pm to 02:00 pm)
11. Allama Iqbal Museum, Sialkot, Punjab.
The Allama Iqbal Museum in Sialkot is the house where the poet was born and spent his childhood. It is excellently maintained, and has a tranquil atmosphere.
(9 am – 4 pm daily)
12. Quaid-i-Azam House Museum (Flag Staff House), Karachi, sindh.
Flag Staff House in Karachi was the Quaid-i-Azam’s official residence from 1944 until his death in 1948. It is beautifully maintained with original furniture from his time, and contains his library and letters.
(9 am – 4 pm; Friday 9 am – noon; closed Wednesday)
13. Monument Museum, Islamabad.
The Pakistan Monument Museum, reveal Pakistan in historical perspective not only to the visiting foreigner but also to the Pakistanis and future generations of Pakistanis at home.
(10 am – 8 pm; closed Monday)
14. Heritage Museum, Lok Virsa, Islamabad.
The Heritage Museum is the museum of ethnology in Pakistan which presents the history and living traditions of the people of Pakistan both from the mainstream and the remotest regions of the country. The museum has a covered area of 60,000 sq. ft. featuring exhibit halls, making it the largest museum in Pakistan.
(10 am – 8 pm; closed Monday)
15. Lahore Museum, Lahore, Punjab.
The Lahore Museum was established in 1864 in Lahore on Mall Road. The current building of Lahore Museum was designed by famous architect Sir Ganga Ram.Lahore Museum is one of the biggest museum of the country.it has large collections of pre-historic and historic period. The Museum contains some fine specimens of Mughal and Sikh door-ways and wood-work and contains a large collection of paintings dating back to the Mughal, Sikh and British eras. The Museum has a collection of musical instruments, ancient jewellery, textiles, pottery, and armory.
( 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday to Thursday, closed on Friday)
18. Peshawar Museum, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Peshawar Museum in Peshawar has the main collection of 14156 items in total, includes Gandharan sculptures, Coins, Manuscripts and copies of the Ho~y Quran, Inscriptions, Weapons, Dresses, Jewellry, Kalash Effigies, Mughal era and later period Paintings, House hold objects, local and Persian handicrafts.
16. Bhawalpur Museum, Bhawalpur, Punjab
The Bahawalpur Museum established in 1976, is a museum of archaeology, art, heritage, modern history and religion located in Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.
( 8:00 am to 4:00 pm from Sunday to Thursday, and from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Friday, closed on Saturday)
17. Chitral Museum, Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Depicting old history of Chitral, the Chitral Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is sited at Polo Ground, Chitral. It offers glimpses of ancient heritage and has collection of historical articles mainly the Kalash Valley antiquity. The Parwak excavation in 2003 has provided the first ever archaeological material of Aryan Graves dating back to 1800 to 600 B.C.
18. Kalasha Dur Museum, Bumboret, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Kalasha Dur Museum is situated near Bumboret valley of Kafiristan.
The place is a masterpiece of art and reflects the true picture of the lifestyle of almost 300-year-old Kalash civilisation which is losing its cultural identity gradually, due to rapid socio-economic changes worldwide. he construction of the Kalasha Dur museum started in 2002 and was completed in 2004. It is an earthquake-proof structure that meets Greek standards. The concrete skeleton of the building is covered with a traditional wall made of stones and parallel wooden beams. The verandas are carved in wood. Some 60 to 100 years old daily use items, wedding dresses, ornaments, bathroom items etc, collected from Kalash households, are exhibited in the museum.
(10 am – 8 pm; closed Monday)