Museums in Lahore

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While in Pakistan, don't miss the opportunity to see one of the many Lahore Museums. Pakistan is a country steeped in deep cultural traditions and with Lahore lying at the hub of it all, it is a great place to see cultural relics.

The largest museum is Lahore Museum, also known as the Central Museum. It is the oldest in the country, and dates back to 1864. Being one of the largest museums in South Asia it contains many artifacts significant to Pakistani culture and history. The most notable collection in the museum is the Fasting Buddha, which draws throngs of Japanese tourists to the area. The Lahore museum includes musical instruments, ancient jewelery, textiles, pottery, armory, and paintings that date back to the Mughal, Sikh and British reigns. Visitors should schedule between 2 and 3 hours to properly take in all the sights.

Another museum of interest is the Armourey Museum, also known as the Fort Museum.  It is said that the architecture of the museum is worth the trip alone, with its classic Mughal era workmanship.

The city has 6 museums in total, ranging in size and scope:

  • Allama Iqbal Museum
  • Lahore Fort Museum
  • Faqir Khana Museum
  • Holy Museum of the Badshahi Masjid
  • Museum of Science and Technology
  • Zoological Museum

So, while in Lahore check out the various museums to enrich your knowledge of the different eras in Pakistan's history.  The museums of Science and Technology and the Zoological Museum will help provide visitors in depth knowledge in more modern aspects of the country.



Lahore is a city in Pakistan that is known for its rich historical and cultural heritage. It is regarded as the capital of the Punjab province in Pakistan, and it is sometimes referred to as the "Garden of Mughals," because it was once the capital of the Mughal Empire. Due to its illustrious history, Lahore is home to many interesting museums, which are dedicated to Mughal and Sikh cultures, as well as other important developments in the history of the city and the nation.

Lahore Museum

The most visited museum in the city is the Lahore Museum. This museum was founded in 1894, and it is considered one of the most important museums in South Asia. It has a wide collection of artifacts and paintings that date back to the times of the Mughal and Sikh empires. Visitors can also find Graeco-Bractian relics as well as Nepalese and Tibetan artwork. One of the highlights of the museum is The Fasting Buddha, an impressive statue that was created in the 2nd century.

Mughal and Sikh Gallery

Those who wish to discover Lahore’s art heritage should visit the Mughal and Sikh Gallery. This gallery was established in 1928, and it features some of the finest artwork from the Mughal and Sikh empires.

Fakir Khana Museum

There is also a museum that is dedicated to the appreciation of Muslim culture in Lahore. The Fakir Khana Museum houses the private collection of a Muslim ascetic, which consists of more than 13,000 pieces of artwork and relics, a few of which allegedly belonged to Mohammed.

Other museums that are worth visiting in Lahore include the Armoury Museum in the Old Fort, the Allama Iqbal Museum, Chughatai Museum, Arts and Craft Museum, Shakir Ali Museum and the Science Museum. 

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February 02, 2010 change by schitti
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