Lahore, as a cultural, intellectual, and artistic hub wins thousands of hearts. This city is a haven for the lovers of art, history and architecture. From formidable Mughal monuments to faded legacies of the British Raj, Lahore has it all for you. The city boasts a wide array of museums that narrate a rich history and galleries that exhibit the excellent work of highly talented souls. Read on to know about a few such mind blowing museums and art galleries that will enrich your trip to Lahore.
The Lahore Museum is the biggest and the most impressive museum in Pakistan. This superb museum houses almost 20 galleries with articles dating from the Stone Age to the 20th century. Gandharan sculpture (especially the haunting Fasting Buddha), miniature paintings, Qurans, carpets, artefacts from Mohan-jo-daro, Harappa and other Indus Valley civilisation sites, and a collection of coins from the Achaemenian period onwards are a few displays this museum is famed for.
Alhamra Art Gallery
The Alhamra Art Gallery boasts Lahore’s largest permanent collection of artwork. This gallery is situated in the premises of the Alhamra Cultural Complex. Divided across two floors, this art gallery exhibits great pieces of artwork by eminent Pakistani artists. You can also enjoy some musical and theatrical performances and events that occasionally happen in this complex. A visit to this gallery is like a deep dive into the appreciable art of Pakistan.
Named after Muhammad Abdur Rahman Chughtai (credited as Pakistan’s greatest painter) who died in 1975, the Chughtai Museum is situated northwest of the intersection of Ferozpur Rd and Gulberg Main Blvd. Chughtai produced almost 2000 water colours, thousands of pencil sketches, and nearly 300 etchings and aquatints. He also designed many of Pakistan’s stamps and coins. You can also contact the director, Mr Arif Rahman Chughtai in advance, if you wish to see other works of Chughtai that are not displayed in the museum.
Situated just off MM Alam Road Ejaz Galleries is famous for its innovative collection of paintings created by talented Pakistani artists. The work of these artists will leave you stunned for sure! This museum should top the list of attractions, especially for the ones who have an inclination towards art. The best part is that you can even take any of these paintings home as they are also available for sale.