Lahore Pakistan Museums
There are some of the best museums in Lahore that are really worth visiting for a trip back in time. We are here to give you a list of them that are absolutely worth visiting on a journey into the past.
Lahore is a beautiful city to start your trip to Pakistan and we hope this guide will help you lay the foundations for your trips to other regions of Pakistan. If you want to learn more about Pakistan's history, you can also visit some of the other museums in Karachi.
The museum is easily accessible as it is only a 15-minute drive from the city centre, which is a short walk from Lahore city centre and the main railway station. Located in the walled city of Lahore, the Lahori Museum forgets its location in the heart of the capital, but it is only a few blocks away.
Next to the main museum complex, the Lahore Museum has a cafeteria, bookstore and auditorium. The COMO Museum of Art is one such space that recently opened its doors to the public in the city of Lahore. COM O is the first and only museum of its kind in Pakistan and it seeks to reflect the idea that Pakistani art is about promoting culture beyond the museum to the public, and the country's cultural heritage.
The COMO Museum of Art, one of the largest and most renowned arts and crafts museums in the country, has a collection of more than 1,000 works of art from around the world. In 2010 she had her first exhibition at the National Gallery of Pakistan in Islamabad and has been showing her works ever since.
The Lahore Fort Museum houses 343 Gandhara artworks, while the Taxila Museum has a collection of over 1,000 artworks from around the world, more than 160 of which are in the Islamabad Museum. The National Museum of Pakistan in Karachi houses the largest collection of paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries in Pakistan. It also features paintings from the British period and includes sculptures, carved woodwork, paintings, ceramics and other artworks from around the world.
The first is in Rawalpindi, on the site of a former railway station in the city of Lahore. The physical structure was built by the Department of Parks and Gardening (PHA), while the museum's curator works for the Citizens Archives of Pakistan (CAP). The Government Museum in Chandigarh, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, houses the Lahores Museum's collection.
It was not until 1861 that the Lahore Central Museum began to receive rare objects from all over South Asia. Kipling was a strong supporter of the museum and helped Lahore collect tons of artifacts from across South Asia. After he had achieved the necessary funds, he was invited to visit Lahore in 1890 by staff of the Lahoring Museum.
He added: "Lahore was the cultural capital of undivided Punjab and both sides of the country had the infrastructure to house sensitive sculptures and works of art dating back to the 1st century BC. Similarly, archaeological material from Mohenjo - Daro and Harappa is not divided, as both sites are located in Pakistan. In the case of the Lahore Museum, there is not primarily a split, but rather a split between the museum and the city itself.
In 1887, Kipling and other members of the Lahore Museum decided to launch a fundraiser to build a larger museum, and the need was palpable in Pakistan's burgeoning emerging cultural scene. The result is breathtaking and should not be missed on a visit to Lahores; 250,000 visitors were registered in 2005. As we know from the museum itself, which was founded in 1894, it is known as the largest museum of its kind in South Asia. Persian-style mosaics, also known as kashi-kari, were used to decorate parts of the mosque interior and were designed by renowned architect Sir Ganga Ram for the current building of the Lahore Museum.
The mosque's focus is the tomb of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, a politician, poet, and philosopher beheaded for his role in defending an independent Pakistan from British India.
Otherwise it is legally the property of the German Government, but I have also been to Pakistan. Only a few great Pakistani artists who have left their works in the Lahore Museum are Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Rasool Khan and Muhammad Zafarullah, as well as some of Pakistan's most famous artists.
From the perspective of the artists and others I have met, I have learned what it is like to live and work in Lahore and Karachi, and it is very different.
I also managed to organise a visit with the help of members of the Lahore Biennial team, and the second room is dedicated to the history of Pakistan and how it was created by the following exhibits. Hall four presents popular culture and connects to the present - today's Pakistan - while Hall five includes a collection of artworks by artists from the past, present and future. My third visit was as befits a biennial, fitting in the context of an exhibition about Pakistan's history and cultural heritage.