Islamabad’s heritage museum becomes a hot spot!

The number of visitors to Pakistan’s new national Heritage Museum in Islamabad is on the rise and students, women, and children come in hordes everyday to witness history, culture and rich civilisation heritage on display.

Although the museum, which is the only of its kind in the country, has artistically showcased the heritage in exuberant displays, there are still areas, which need attention of the management.

The museum was opened to public in 2004 and now catches the eye of almost every visitor with its rich mix of items hailing from all the provinces on display.

Hundred of visitors visit the museum everyday, which is closed on Mondays, but majority of the visitors is students who find this place particularly interesting as well as educative.

Children from different schools get valuable information as well pleasure out of colourful presentations on provinces of Pakistan.

Anam, 15, a student of Islamabad Model College said, the experience to visit this place was excellent. “For the first time we are witnessing things on display, which we will study in our books.”

A teacher accompanying her students was more interested in exhibition of natural habitat and articles of ethnic tribes of all regions of Pakistan.

Most of the visitors admired the needlework, embroidery, handwork, and weaving stuff. Atifa, a social worker who was visiting the museum, admired the rare Afghan embroidery on shawls, cushions, and shirts.

One of the hit place at the museum is the hail where the ancient civilisation of Moenjodaro and Harappa are on display. This area attracts both foreigners and domestic visitors.

David, 45, a tourist from Austria, said it was impressive to see this much ancient history on display.

“By observing Moenjodaro and Harappa civilisations on display in the museum one feels that some great past history lay hidden in the bricks which, otherwise, is not ostensible at first look,” he said.

The sculpture of Quaid-e-Azam and his family members also fascinate a number of visitors. Some, however, object to the facial expressions of some of these sculptures.

Shakeel, a visitor from Lahore, said, “There could have been much more pleasant expressions on the faces of these sculptures, which could have reflected the actual personality of Quaid and his family members.”

Most of the women visitors to this part of the museum admired section reserved for Fatima Jinnah. This section was added to the museum in 2003.

“The portrayal of outstanding women, women representation in all walks of life, a presentation on Fatima Jinnah as an exponent of women folk, should further be highlighted,” Munazza, a doctor from Jinnah Hospital Karachi, said.

Few visitors suggested that such museums should be set up in all bigger cities as it elevates the knowledge of present and coming generations.

Despite few complaints people visiting the Heritage Museum were, generally, contended with the facilities and the cleanliness maintained there.

2 Comments so far

  1. T M (unregistered) on April 6th, 2006 @ 9:39 am

    location?


  2. Asma (unregistered) on April 9th, 2006 @ 3:32 am

    Oh sorry … its in the Lok virsa … thats near shakar pariyan :)



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