The Museum of the Month
PAKISTAN • A HIDDEN GEM
Fakir Khana Museum
Fakir Khana is one of the biggest private museums in Pakistan, and has been open to public since 1901. The building originally belonged to the Finance Minister of Akbar’s court of the Mughal Empire, Raja Todar Mal.
The museum is actually a house which belongs to the Fakir family, and its history can be traced back to 1730, when the Fakir family had settled in Lahore, where they established and ran a publishing house.
Now, they exhibit more than 20,000 items, and every single artifact at Fakir Khana Museum has a story to tell. The museum’s masterpiece is considered to be the 12 by 6 inch painting of Nawab Mumtaz Ali, which was painted with a single hair and required 15 years to be completed.
Overall, the museum displays 10,000 manuscripts, 180 displayed miniature paintings, Sikh era textiles, statuary, pottery, and carved ivory pieces from the 18th to 20th century.
It is the only privately owned museum recognised by the Government of Pakistan.