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National Museum of Pakistan: Information for Visitors, Tourists and Scholars

National Museum of Pakistan Karachi

National Museum of Pakistan is situated in the heart of Karachi, the cultural as well as financial hub of Pakistan. Established in 1951 in the historic building of Frere Hall it was shifted in 1970 to the present site in Burns Garden on Dr. Zia-ud-din Road. It has 14 galleries including Proto History, Pre-history, Freedom Movement, Gandhara Gallery, Quran Gallery etc. The museum is fully devoted to Pakistan's cultural heritage. It depicts Indus Civilization artefacts, Gandhara sculptures, Islamic art, miniature paintings, ancient coins and manuscripts documenting Pakistan's political history. The Ethnology gallery exhibits the salient features of different ethnicities living in the geographical boundaries of Pakistan.
National Museum contains a collection of over 60,000 old coins, hundreds of well preserved sculptures, an enormous number of Arabic, Urdu and Persian manuscripts many of which are illuminated and illustrated. It also offers over 70,000 publications, books and other reading material of the Archaeology and Museums department. It hosts various exhibitions on national days and other occasions and has an auditorium with 250 seating capacity.
How to get there: From Karachi airport a metro cab can be hired that may charge 450 to 500 rupees for single journey. Pearl Continental hotel, Moven Pick hotel (formerly Sheraton hotel), Marriott hotel are around the museum at a walking distance.
 National Museum of Pakistan Street Map

The nearby neighborhoods are Burns Road which is one of the famous food streets of Karachi. It offers a variety of foods.
Museum timings are from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM with a one hour break from 1:00 PM, Museum closed on Wednesday for visitors.
Entry Fee for foreign visitors is PKR 200.00
For Pakistani visitors PKR 10.00, Students dressed in uniform with teachers are free but must applied in advance.
Phones: +9921-2799, +9921-2839, +9921-2840

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