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Lok Virsa Art Galleries & Museums In Pakistan

PNCA Art Gallery

Idara Saqafat-e-Pakistan (Pakistan National Council of the Arts) runs two art galleries. The National Gallery is located at House # 77, Street # 48, F-7/4, Islamabad (Tel: 9204951), where contemporary Pakistani art is on permanent display besides revolving exhibitions & paintings available for sale. The other is Children Art Palace, # 77 School Road, F-7/4, Islamabad (Tel: 221286), where Children's art is on display and regular art classes held for children.

Pakistan Museum of Natural History

The Museum of Natural History is located in the National Park on Garden Avenue, Shakarparian, Islamabad. The Museum depicts the early human history, geology, and the wild life of Pakistan. The exhibits are of particular interest to students and children. It is open to public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except Friday. Entry is free.

Islamabad Museum

Islamabad museum presents a long historic sequence of the land where Pakistan is situated today. Pakistan has been a seat of the world's leading civilizations from the time immemorial. There is plenty of evidence to support this argument now on display in Islamabad Museum. For example, 20 million years old fossil remains, 2 million years old man-made stone tools, 7000 years old early human settlements which lead to the world famous Indus Civilization, Gandhara Grave Culture and Gandhara art, early Islamic settlements, Sultanate and Mughal period, their art and craft.

The Museum is located at Garden Avenue, Shakarparian, Islamabad. It is open for visitors, Thursday to Tuesday, from 09:30 to 16:30 hrs without break. Wednesday is weekly off and there is a prayer break on every Friday from 12:30 to 14:00 hrs.

Lok Virsa Museum & Heritage Library

The Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage) works towards preserving the living folk and traditional culture of Pakistan. Its Folk Heritage Museum, located near Shakarparian Hills, has a large display of embroidered costumes, jewellery, woodwork, metalwork, block printing, ivory and bone work. Traditional architecture facades exhibiting such skills as fresco, mirror work, marble inlay, tile mosaic and stucco tracery are also displayed. Lok Virsa Heritage Reference Library is equipped with resource data on ethnography, anthropology, folk music, art, history and crafts. Museum and Library timings are: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday closed. (Tel: 9201651, 9203983). Books on culture, heritage, audio and video cassettes of folk and classical vocal and instrumental music are available for sale at Lok Virsa's Sales Centre.

LOK VIRSA
The Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage) works towards preserving the living folk and traditional culture of Pakistan. Its Folk Heritage
Museum, located near Shakarparian Hills, has a large display of embroidered costumes. Jewellery, woodwork, metalwork, block printing, ivory and bone work.
Traditional architecture facades exhibiting such skills as fresco, mirror work, marble inlay, tile mosaic and stucco tracery are also displayed. Lok Virsa Heritage Reference Library is equipped with resource data on ethnography, anthropology
folk music, art, history and crafts. Museum and Library timings are 8:30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Sunday closed (Tel: 9201651, 9203983).
Books on culture and heritage, audio and video cassettes of folk and classical vocal and instrumental music are available for sale at Lok Virsa’s Sales Centre, also located near the Museum.

Taxila Museum

A museum comprising various sections with rich archaeological finds of Taxila, arranged in chronological order and properly labeled, has been established close to the site. It is one of the best and well-maintained site museums of Pakistan. Summer timings of the museum are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with two hours break. Winter timings are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., without break. The museum remains closed on the first Monday of every month and on Muslim religious holidays. Entry ticket costs Rs.4 per person for museum and Rs.4 per person for archaeological sites.

PTDC has a Tourist Information Centre and a Motel with 7 rooms and restaurant facility, just opposite the Museum. There is a Youth Hostel nearby, offering accommodation for members of International Youth Hostels Federation (IYHF).

Lahore Meseum

Opposite the old University Hall, a Mughal style building on the Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, houses the Lahore Museum. The Museum contains some fine specimens of Mughal and Sikh door-ways and wood-work and has a big collection of paintings dating back to Indo-Pakistan, Mughal, Sikh and British times. It has also a collection of musical instruments, ancient jewellery, textile, pottery and armory. There are also relics from the Graeco-Bactrian times as well as some Tibetan and Nepalese exhibits.

PESHAWAR MUSEUM

Peshawar Museum is housed in an imposing building of the British days. It was formerly the Victoria Memorial Hall built in 1905. The large hall, side galleries and the raised platform which were used for ball dances now display in chronological order finest specimens of Gandhara sculptures, tribal life, the Muslim period and ethnography.

QUETTA   M U S E U M S

The Archaeological Museum at Fifa Road has a collection of rare antique guns, swords and manuscripts. Geological Survey Department on Sariab Road (6 kms) has a collection of rocks and fossils.

Swat Museum

Headquarters of Swat Valley, Saidu Sharif houses the Swat Museum which contains one of the finest collections of Gandhara art in the world.

 

FAYZEE REHAMIN ART GALLERYThe Fayazee Rehamin Art Gallery and Reference Library of Books on Fine Art (Aiwan-e-Rifat) on M.R.Kiyani Roadm Karachi.

Chawkundi Art. 105. Marine Point Building Block-9. Clifton. , KarachiTel: 573-582 Fax: 577-027

Cliftopn Art Gallery. 11. Al-Habib Apartments.Off Main Clifton Road, Clifton (behind Shell Petrol Pump) , KarachiTel: 583-8774, Fax: 577-027

Gallerie Sadequain, Bagh-e-Jinnah, Top Floor. (Across Mrriott Hotel), Karachi

Indus Gallery, 50-A/1, Street 1, Bath Island. , KarachiTel: 587-2338

Momart\. Anum Classic, Ist Floor, Off Shahrah-e-Faisal (Opp. Duty Free Shop), Karachi Tel: 453-0725/6

VM. Art Gallery. 1st Floor. Rangoonwala Community Centre, Dhoraji Society , Karachi Tel: 493-8146. 494-8088 ‘

Majmua – Staff Lines. Behind Sindh Club., Karachi Tel: 566 – 1401, 567-114

Art Collector`s Gallery. Near Submarine Roundabout. Defence 4, Karachi

 


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