Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Quaid-e-Azam House Museum

Quaid-e-Azam House Museum, popularly known as Flag Staff House is an important National Monument in the heart of the city. Previously it was maintained by the Federal Government and now after the 18th amendment it is being maintaining by Department of Culture, Government of Sindh.

A gorgeous yellow stone double strayed building situated at the crossing of Shahrah-e-Faisal and Fatima Jinnah Road, Staff Lines, Karachi Cantonment. The House was purchased by Quid-i-Azam for Rs, 115,000.00 on 14th August 1943 from Mr. Sorab Kavasji Katrak, a former Mayor of Karachi.

The House was later obtained on rent by the British Indian Army. Brig. Hartwell Major Gen. Durnfort, Gen Douglas D. Gracy, who later became the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Pakistan Army resided in this House. In September 1947, a month after the creation of Pakistan, the personal belongings of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah were transferred to Flag Staff House from his house at 10 Aurangzeb Road, New Dehli. The Quaid did not get time to live in this House. After his demise, his sister and political companion, Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, who had lived with him in the Governor General House, moved in Flag Staff House on 13th September, 1948. She lived here until 1964. Thereafter she shifted to her personal house in Clifton.

The responsibility of flag staff house reverted to newly constituted “Quiad-i-Azam Trust”, Comprising Mr. Hashim Raza and Mr. Liaquat Merchant. Government of Pakistan purchased the Flag Staff House for Rs, 5,107,000/- on 14th February 1985 from these Trustees.

The Flag Staff House was renamed as “Quaid-i- Azam House” and declared open to public on 25th November, 1993. Spread over an area of 10,241 Sq. Yds. the building itself is not too large. There are three rooms on the ground floor and three rooms on the first floor. Two exterior rooms are 16 feet 10 inches wide. The same dimensions are of the rooms on the first floors each with opening to the verandah. There is an Annexe Building which is now converted to an auditorium cum exhibition hall for debates, educational lectures, audio – visual shows etc. There were also 18 out-houses, 4 garages, 3 guard rooms and a kitchen which has now been converted in to the administrative offices.

The structure is built in limestone masonry with wooden trusses supporting the roof. Red Ceramic Mangalore Tiles are used at the top to cover the roof. Each room is decorated with the relics which Quaid-i-Azam used during his life time. The teak wood furniture, study rooms and stationary items, wooden shelves, the crockery, fine quality glass and decoration objects which were used by the Quaid-i-Azam are decorated in the House.

Timings
Thursday to Tuesday: 09:00 AM To 04:00 PM
Friday: 09:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Wednesday: Holiday (Museum Closed)

Admission: Free

Address: 241 Fatima Jinnah Road, Opposite Avari Tower Hotel, Karachi

Telephone: +92-21-99202141

Contact Us

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