Lyallpur Museum is located in Faisalabad District, Punjab, Pakistan. The museum opened in 2011 and named after the old name of Faisalabad (Lyallpur). The museum is famous for its textile and sandal bar galleries.
This museum is a reflection of the culture of the Sandal Bar. Where ancient and modern history is on display in 10 galleries.
This is the first gallery as you enter through the museum door. In it, from the Stone Age to the establishment of Pakistan, various events have shown on one wall. Next are various maps including district, city and town level maps with Pakistan, Punjab and Faisalabad divisions. A map of the aerial view of Faisalabad is also shown here.
Sandal Bar Gallery
The area between two rivers is called a bar. Sandal Bar is an area of Punjab situated between Ravi and Chenab rivers and Lyallpur is its capital. A large map of Sandal Bar, its culture, customs, sports and samples of agricultural products produced in the area are on display. More than 300 species of birds are belongs to the Sandal Bar area. But about thirty of these species are on display in this gallery. There is also study material on trees and plants from the Sandal Bar area.
Doabe and Bar are the main theme of this gallery. There are also maps of the languages spoken in the area. The highlight of the gallery is its depiction of the Ravi River on one side and the Chenab on the other. Which offers a conceptual view of the sandal bar.
Regional Heritage Archaeological Gallery
The third gallery of the museum shows the ancient tubs and buildings in different districts of Sandal Bar in the form of tiles in view of the importance of archaeology. The Chiniot hill carvings, clay sculptures, precious pearls and coins are on display. The gallery also houses antiquities like Shorkot, Gandhara and Indus Valley. A decorative wooden kachawa, which is mount on a camel, is also here.
Muslim to Sikh Period Gallery
A charming model of the tomb of Hazrat Sultan Bahoo in this fourth gallery of the museum. Parts of ancient buildings with beautiful Islamic design, rare copies of Holy Quran, pottery are present here. And various weapons of Sikh and British era are also on display.
Chenab Colony Gallery
It shows the Lower Chenab Colony, the railway and canal system built during the British period with the help of a large map. Also, the bridge at Jhang and Chiniot is on display in pictures. In addition to the weapons used in the British, Sikh and Mughal periods, there are also showcases of Multani tilework and calligraphy.
Thought and Act Gallery
Here are the pictures of buildings built during British period, including communication tools, antique weapons, court equipment. As well as other items used in British offices before the establishment of Pakistan. Pictures of various personalities belonging to Sandal Bar are also part of this gallery. Among them Dala Bhatti, Ahmad Khan Kharal, Bhagat Singh, Sir Ganga Ram, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Arfa Karim, Dr. Abdul Salam, Sultan Bahoo, Baba Guru Nanak and Sufi Barkat Ali are prominent.
Social Beauty Gallery
This gallery tells the history of various ancient professions. There are showcases of various items related silver jewellery making tools, potter and blacksmith tools, puppet show and antique garments. The tools used in Chiniot’s woodworking and textile stamping industry are also here. There are also pictures of important personalities of Lyallpur. Among them are Zia Mohi-ud-Din, Sahir Ludhianvi, Dr. Tariq Rehman, Amitabh Bachchan’s mother and Mala Begum besides others. There is a separate corner for various items in Bhagat Singh’s house.
This is an important gallery here as Faisalabad is known for its textile industry. The gallery houses various patterns of hand and khadi fabrics, hand-operated tools, wheels, cotton washing machine, rollers and khadi.
Pakistan Movement Gallery
In this gallery, various pictures of Quaid-e-Azam with reference to Tehreek-e-Pakistan, apart from this the medals and items of Arfa Karim are also kept.