National Museum of Pakistan, Karachi

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See rare manuscripts of the Quran and learn about Pakistan’s cultural heritage at National Museum of Pakistan. The museum contains galleries displaying Gandhara civilization sculptures, Islamic art, calligraphy, and miniature paintings, as well as a collection of over 58,000 old coins. The museum's additional amenities include a conservation laboratory and an auditorium. Established in 1950, the main goal of the museum is to study, preserve, and exhibit the country's historical and cultural records. See National Museum of Pakistan and all Karachi has to offer by arranging your trip with our Karachi itinerary builder website .
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  • As a National Museum, this really is a disgrace. It should be a showcase of National History and pride, but it is just a collection of neglected displays and dilapidated rooms. Pakistan has a rich arc...  more »
  • Visited National Museum with my friends but was very disappointed to see the condition there. The halls smell very bad, most of the items seems fake and there was no proper guide. The air conditions w...  more »
  • After visiting museums in Malaysia, decided to visit museums in Karachi. Located next to burns garden, the museum features artefacts from gandhara civilization, Mohenjo daro and mughal era. Our tour g...  more »
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  • Don't waste your time visiting this shell of a former museum. The building and the garden are absolutely falling apart with no maintenance done in a very long time. After the entrance to the museum, the visitors are greeted with the long walk through the lawn which is in absolutely abysmal condition. The clay pots were strewn across the center lane, most of them shattered in pieces. The museum has two floors but upon entrance we were directed to head upstairs where we found most of the galleries locked and the galleries that were unlocked and accessible didn't have any working fans, lights or AC but direct sunlight to the displays. After walking through the very limited collection including some very rare ancient artifacts, Qurans and pre partition materials, my heart wept at the poor condition of the displays. The hot temperature, humidity and sun light are taking a toll on the displays. The rare manuscripts and artifacts are falling apart in these conditions. The worse part is that the priest king bust on display is a replica made of plaster and not the real thing that I went to see. The staff at the museum are definitely not qualified and looked like people installed to collect govt cheques. They prevented us from even trying to explore the ground floor and most of them were sleeping in the hallways. If you please know anyone who can save the artifacts please tell them to preserve these for future generations.
  • A very good place,with lawns very big and old trees. MUSEUM IS GOOD TOO.
  • The museum is a wonderful place to visit especially for people who are fond of history. It is designed cleverly so that you see all the galleries and not get lost. The visiting timings of the museum are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. There a few flaws about the museum as it is being renewed; there is no proper entrance gate, the fans and lightings are not working in some galleries, and a number of galleries are closed for renovation. But the visit is worthwhile.
  • The place covers various aspect of history of Pakistan and subcontinent. I wish it could be maintained better
  • The location, place and collection is awesome but it is not well maintained, neglected by authorities. Still it is worth visiting place.

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