Islamabad, the national capital of Pakistan is counted among the beautiful capital cities. Once a small sleepy town, Islamabad over the decades has grown into a big vibrant city. Its natural beauty and greenery are the biggest charm. There are many beautiful parks, picnic spots, museums and historic places. Today I shall take you on a tour of a place which is as interesting as it is unknown. Yes, this is Islamabad Museum, a well kept secret of Islamabad and apparently, the authorities are successful in keeping it that way. It is housed on the ground floor of a big building known as Liaquat Memorial.
Liquat Memorial. (03.01.2022.)
After passing by the reception you will find a head bust of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the famous thinker, educationist, scholar and political thinker of the nineteenth century, who is often credited with the renaissance in education in the Muslim community and thus laying down the foundation of the Pakistan movement.
The collection of antiquities and artifacts is comparatively small but covers the history of Pakistan from the Mehargarh and Indus Valley civilizations to the present time. The items on display start from the tools made of stone, belonging to the Stone Age. The next shelves show utensils made during the Neolithic Age. Especially the small figurines catch your attention. Next to it is the world famous Indus Valley Civilization, one of the earliest civilizations of the world. Earthen pots, vessels, bowls, and even toys are part of the collection, giving a good idea of life in those times.
The central area of this hall is dedicated to the Islamic era, especially the Mughal. Extremely beautiful paintings are part of this collection, besides that painted vessels, weapons, coins, etc. are also worth seeing. However, the handwritten Qurans are, in my opinion, the best items in this section.
This museum is located in G-5/1 sector of Islamabad. And a must see place for the residents and tourists. The entry is free and a great place to learn and enjoy our history, culture and art.
January 07, 2022.