Pakistan Museum of Natural History

Pakistan Museum of Natural HistoryMap.bmpPakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) situated at Garden Avenue, Shakarparian, Islamabad was established in 1976 under the patronage of Pakistan Science Foundation, Ministry of Science & Technology (Government of Pakistan). It has four principal divisions namely Botanical Sciences Division, Zoological Sciences Division, Earth Sciences Division and Public Services Division. The first three divisions are engaged in the collection, identification and research activities pertaining to plants, animals and mineral resources of Pakistan respectively, while the latter is responsible for mass education and popularization of natural history various displays, exhibits and dioramas. In addition various projects such as Virtual Orientation Gallery (VOG), Biodiversity Database and Global Networking (BGN) and Focus Baluchistan have also been initiated.

The museum has been divided into following galleries.

Bio Gallery:
Bio Gallery provides information to visitors about flora and fauna of Pakistan. This Gallery has been divided into two sections. One section provides information about different animals, birds and plants found in different regions, ranging from Alpine heights to Seashores, of Pakistan. In this gallery different species of animals, birds and plants have been displayed in their natural habitat through three-dimensional dioramas. This section is subdivided into eight regions have on their flora and fauna i.e. Alpine Region, Sub-Alpine Region, Coniferous forests of Kaghan, Swat, Chitral, Dir and Galiat, Potwar Region, plains, desert and coastal areas.The second section elucidate about the problems of biodiversity of Pakistan.

Tethys Gallery
Tethys Gallery provides information and visuals about Salt Range, Ocean life, Minerals and rocks, Whale Skeleton

Gemstones Gallery
In this Gallery various precious and semi-precious stones have been displayed along with the information about their natural deposits in different area of Pakistan. The displays are based on gems in raw form as well as cut and polished forms. this Gallery various precious and semi-precious stones have been displayed along with the information about their natural deposits in different area of Pakistan. The displays are based on gems in raw form as well as cut and polished forms.

Eco Gallery
In Eco Gallery basic information about Earth Sciences, Zoological Sciences and Botanical Sciences has been displayed through small dioramas for the interest of children. Through blow-ups different life cycles i.e. Alter Eco System, Energy Flow, Life: Individual to Biosphere, Water Cycle, Carbon Cycle and Nitrogen Cycle, have been displayed. In this Gallery there is also a beautiful diorama of food chain, which shows the dependence of different animals and plants for food on each other.

Palaeo Gallery
Palaeo Gallery of the Museum exhibits on Pre-historic Wildlife of Pakistan. In this Gallery fossil collection from all over Pakistan has been displayed. Some of the fossils are as old as 650 million years. The Story of Human Intelligence and Evolution has also been narrated through fossils, paintings and write-ups. Skeletons of living/recent Elephant and Giraffe have been displayed this Gallery, which enhance grandeur of this hall.

Timings: 9 AM to 4 PM (Weekdays)

1 Comment so far

  1. A for Apple (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 1:00 am

    Aaah very nice … quite a detailed intro to PMNH … Keep up the good work …!



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