The city of Karachi is home to many museums that include the famous Mohatta Palace Museum, National Museum of Pakistan etc. These museums and Karachi Expo Centre organize many regional and international exhibitions on regular basis.
Pakistan Air Force Museum:
This Air Force museum and park is situated between PAF Base Faisal and Awami Markaz on main Shahra-e-Faisal in Karachi. It is famous for its well organized displays, rides and greenery. It exhibits all major fighter aircrafts used by the Pakistan Air Force. An aircraft used by Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan is a special attraction of the museum.
It also has some aircrafts situated in the park outside the museum and exhibits some photos and weapon galleries. It has a souvenir shop selling miniature jet models, key chains, shirts and other Air Force related merchandise.
This museum was established in 1951 in a historic building of Frere Hall. Now it is shifted to the present site in Burns Garden on Dr. Zia-ud-din Road in 1970. It has 11 galleries and the Quran gallery is famous for its 52 rare manuscripts. This museum is totally devoted to Pakistan’s Cultural heritage and displays Indus Civilization artifacts, Gandhara sculptures, Islamic art, miniature paintings, ancient coins and manuscripts documenting Pakistan’s political history. It also has an Ethnological gallery which exhibits the life size statues of different ethnicities living in the four provinces of Pakistan.
National Museum contains a collection of 58,000 old coins with hundreds of well preserved sculptures. It also offers over 70,000 publications, books and other reading material of the Archeology and Museums department. It hosts various exhibitions on national days and other occasions and has an auditorium with 250 seating capacity.
The Mohatta Palace Museum:
The museum at Mohatta Palace exhibits the early history of Sindh, Karachi and the freedom struggle of nation. Mohatta Palace was built in the late 1920’s by Shivratan Chandraratan Mohatta who was a Hindu businessman from Marwar. He used this palace as his summer home. It has an area around 18,500 sq. feet and it is built in the style of stone palaces in Rajasthan. The windows, stone brackets, spandrels, domes, balustrades with floral motifs and railings are just amazing. A beautiful family temple dedicated to Hindu God, lord Shiva is situated on the terrace of the Palace. The museum also displays the fine and decorative arts of Pakistan and the region.
This Maritime or Naval Museum is located at a Habib Ebrahim Rehmatoola Road, in Karachi. The main museum building is situated in the park which consists of 6 galleries and an auditorium. It offers the wonderful collection of old submarines, an old ship and the large guns on display. A very impressive skeleton of a whale is a major attraction of this museum. The museum also has an outdoor cafe and a small souvenir shop nearby.
Natural History Museum at Karachi Zoo:
Natural History Museum at Karachi Zoo exhibits stuffed animals belonging to different regions of the world. Those animals are exhibited in a very good manner and the museum offers an opportunity to study the morphological characters of animals. It also exhibits skins, antlers, horns & feathers of animals.
Karachi Expo Centre:
Situated in Gulshan Town of Karachi, the Karachi Expo centre offers all modern facilities that are based on international standards. It covers an area around 6690m² comprising 3 independent halls. This centrally air conditioned centre can accommodate 2400 cars at a time. It has conference / seminar area, restaurant with 250 seating capacity, ware housing facility and an open display area too.
Art galleries in Karachi:
Address: 105,Marine Point,D.C.1,Kehkashan,Clifton, Karachi
Tel.: +92 21 573582
Clifton Art Gallery:
Address: 11-Al Habib Apartment,Clifton Road, Karachi
Tel.: +92 21 583 9163
Funkar Art Gallery:
Address: 202,Dean Arcade,Schon Circle,Building No.8,Clifton, Karachi-75600
Tel.: +92 21 583 7083
Kunj Art Gallery:
Address: 147/D KDA Scheme No.1, Karachi
Tel.: +92 21 452 6028
Majmua, The Art Gallery:
Address: 239 Staff Lines,Fatima Jinnah Road, Karachi
Tel.: +92 21 5213806
Address: Anum Classic,Mezzanine,Main Shahrah-e-Faisal, Karachi-75350
Tel.: +92 21 453 0726, +92 21 453 0725
Address: D-67,Block-9,Clifton, Karachi
Tel.: +92 21 583 6566, +92 21 584 3217
The Arts Council of Pakistan:
Address: M.R.Kayani Road, Karachi
Tel.: +92 21 263 3105 / +92 21 263 5108