Saturday, September 23, 2017

National Museum of Pakistan, Karachi

The National Museum of Pakistan, Karachi established in 1951 in historic building of Frere Hall and continued to be there till July, 1969, meanwhile the Government realizing the importance of the National Institution favored the construction a separate building in Burns Garden. The new building’s inauguration ceremony was performed by the then President of Pakistan General Yahya Khan on 21st February, 1970. The Museum represents a complete vista of Pakistan Cultural Heritage from Stone Age down to the birth of Pakistan. All galleries are set up in chronological sequence as follows:-

1- PRE-HISTORIC (Two Million – 2500 B.C.):-
The gallery covers the material belonging to the earliest phases of human activities in the Soan Valley, (Rawalpindi) the longest time-span of mankind from two million years ago down to the emerging of Indus Valley Civilization.

2- PORTO-HISTORIC (2500 – 1500 B.C.):-
The gallery includes the exhibits excavated only from the sites of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, the twin capital of Indus Valley Civilization, remarkable for its uniformity and standardization in weight, Measures, Ceramics, Architecture, Town Planning and in others Arts and Crafts. Among the exhibits, the state figure of Priest King and Bronze statues of Dancing Girls is of special note.

3- LATE HARAPPA (2200-800 B.C.):-
Mostly, the material in the gallery is attributed to burial and ritual tradition i.e. urns, dis-on-stand, bowls. Also imparting the glimpses of fading away glory of the Indus Civilization as it is now surviving and existing only in the peripheral and outskirts of the civilization.

4- GANDHARA GALLERY (2nd — 6th Century A.D.):-
The name Gandhara is applied to a region and to art form of which the subject matter remained the life and teachings of Lord Buddha. The exquisite pieces of Gandhara sculptures all have classical Indo- Greek characteristics. The folds of the drapery in stone, the dreamy smiles and the chaste features derive their inspirations form the Hellenistic schools. The silent means of communications subjecting nativity, Renunciation, Enlightenment and Great extinction.

5- HINDU GALLERY (6th-16th Century A.D.):-
Adjoining to Gandhara is small but brief Hindu Gallery offers some rare and revere sculptures of the Brahmnical pantheon. The eye-catching icon of Brahma the informative and illustrated copy of Mahabharata and above all the incarnations of god Vishnu dominate the gallery.

6- QURAN GALLERY:-
The newly renovated Quran Gallery, equipped with air conditioning modern lighting and audio system provides the visitors an opportunity to enlighten themselves by seeing best illuminated manuscripts of Holy Quran in different scripts.

7- COINS GALLERY:-
The newly renovated Quran Gallery, equipped with air conditioning modern lighting and audio system provides the visitors an opportunity to enlighten themselves by seeing best illuminated manuscripts of Holy Quran in different scripts.

8- FREEDOM MOVEMENT GALLERY:-
The showcases and panels of the gallery provide the opportunity to go through documents, letter photographs, pamphlets, Books, relics of the Quaid-i-Azam, Allama Iqbal and National heroes and the furniture chairs and tables on which first cabinet meeting was held.

9- ETHNOLOGY GALLERY:-
An attempt has been made to depict the living culture of the various tribes through models and dioramas of all provinces of the Pakistan. The exhibits include costumes, jeweler, handicrafts etc, from every day village life. Especially the specimen of wood carving is awe-inspiring because of their artistic creativity.

10- ISLAMIC GALLERY:-
The gallery consists of material excavated from Banbhore and Mansurah site of the 8th Century. Among other exhibits includes collection of arts and crafts manuscripts, Ivory miniature paintings of Mughal Emperors and glazed and porcelain ceriman from different Islamic ateliers.

11- ISLAMIC ART & CRAFTS:-
Consist of a rare collection of glass objects, arms and armour hand-wore carpets, metal and China ware.

12- OTHER FACILITIES:-
Educational Service, Research Facilities, Paper Conservation etcs.

Contact Us

Culture Tourism and Antiquities Department
7th Floor, New Sindh Secretariat Building No.1 Karachi
+92-21-99222885
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