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Newly renovated Islamabad Museum opens its doors

The newly renovated Islamabad Museum displaying 46 repatriated artifacts confiscated in the USA was opened to the public on Thursday.

Adviser to Prime Minister for Political, Public Affairs, National Heritage and Culture, Engr Amir Muqam inaugurated the museum.

Speaking on the occasion, Muqam said that the recent renovation and extension of the museum will have a great impact on visitors, researchers, students, and heritage professionals. He further said Museums play a vital role in preserving the history of the world nations. 

Lauding the Heritage division’s initiative to expand the impressive attractive and informative display of the museum through an expansion project, the PM’s aide said the Islamabad Museum is home to cultural heritage and encircles the entire evolution of cultures and civilizations in Pakistan, from ancient times to Mughal period, via a display of artifacts and various artworks.

The inauguration was followed by an introductory overview of the Museum, while Muqam chaired an important meeting at the Department of Archeology and Museum regarding various projects of DOAM, including renovation projects and upcoming activities.

Federal Secretary of National Heritage and Culture Fareena Mazhar, Director General DOAM, and other senior officials were also present on the occasion.

Brief History

Opened in September 2002, the Islamabad Museum, located at Ataturk Avenue, is part of the National Heritage and Culture Division (NH&C) of the Federal Department of Archaeology and Museums. Some notable artifacts displayed at the museum in chronological order include:

  • The earliest man-made tool, dating back to 2 million years, collected from Soan Valley
  • Nine thousand years old objects from Mehrgarh (Baluchistan)
  • Artifacts of the world celebrated Indus valley civilization
  • Artifacts of the Gandhara Civilization

Other artifacts of significance include an astrolabe, miniature paintings, manuscripts, and artworks from the Mughal Empire, early Muslim pottery, Chinese porcelain, and depictions of Pakistani historical landmarks.

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