National Museum of Pakistan

National Museum of Pakistan

National Museum of Pakistan is located in Karachi South District, Sindh, Pakistan. The museum initially established in April 1950 at Frere Hall, Karachi, a historic building in its own right. The museum moved to its current building in 1970. Back then, there were only four galleries, which grew to eleven over time.

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The most unique gallery here is the Quran Gallery. It contains 300 copies of the Holy Qur’an, including 52 copies which are very rare. Other galleries contain Mehran Valley Civilization, Gandhara Civilization and Islamic art. As well as masterpieces of painting, ancient coins and important documents of the State of Pakistan.

A large number of sculptures are here in the museum. These are ancient statues emanating from Mohenjo Daro, statues of Buddhist monks. Also includes statues of Lord Vishnu of Hindu Dharma, Saraswati, Lakshmi and Goddess Durga.

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s pen, buttons and sword, Allama Muhammad Iqbal’s personal chair and pen while Liaquat Ali Khan’s perfume bottle, watch and stick are also on display.

The National Museum has about 58,000 coins. Some of these coins date back to 74 AH. Every year on the occasion of National Day, an exhibition is also organize here which attracts thousands of people.