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Pakistan Monument & Museum

Heritage museum located on the Shakarparian Hills, Islamabad.

Pakistan Monument & Museum

Pakistan Monument was inaugurated in March 23, 2007, aimed to symbolise national unity and The Museum was established in 2010 to pay tribute to all heroes of the country who sacrificed everything even their lives to make Pakistan possible.

The Museum depicts ancient civilization, freedom struggle of Pakistan, birth of Pakistan and major achievements of Pakistan to-date.

The Museum also has the facilities of reference library, audio-visual archive, conference hall along with a 62 seat capacity auditorium known as Panorama Hall.

The displays and statues are really fascinating and deserve commendation with the centerpiece being a magnificent buggy with the founder of the nation and Madr-e-Millat Fatima Jinnah. Life size displays of events are extremely fruitful in passing down lessons of history to the newer generation.

Pakistan Monument Museum is a national monument and heritage museum located on the Shakarparian Hills in Islamabad, Pakistan. It is a popular picnic destination and covers an area of 2.8 hectares.

Pakistan Monument was completed by the end of 2006 and inaugurated on 23 March 2007 and The Museum was built in November 2010.

Pakistan Monument Viewpoint Shakarparian Islamabad

Pakistan Monument Viewpoint Shakarparian Islamabad

The Pakistan Monument, due to its vantage point, not only provides a panoramic view of Islamabad, it is also a place one can visit to learn about the history of Pakistan.

Location

  • The monument and museum is located at the west viewpoint of the Shakarparian Hills, and is spread over a total area of 2.8 hectares.

  • The high location makes the monument visible from across the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

Construction

  • During the initial stages the plan was envisioned and started by Uxi Mufti son of Mumtaz Mufti in 2005, later the plan to build a national monument in the capital city of Pakistan was undertaken by the Ministry of Culture which was under Hamad Kashif at that time.

  • In this respect, Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners (PCATP) organised a national competition around the theme of signifying strength, unity and dedication of the people of Pakistan into an icon representing an independent and free nation.

  • From a total of twenty submissions, three were short-listed. Finally, the design proposed by Arif Masoud was selected for construction, that revolved around the creation and development of the country. The cost of the complex was Rs600 million.

  • Pakistan Monument was completed by the end of 2006 and inaugurated on 23 March 2007 and The Museum was built in November 2010.

Monument Structure

  • The monument is shaped as a blooming flower petal-shaped structure, comprises four flower petals, with the inner walls of the petals inscribed with the outlines of Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque, Khyber Pass and Minar-e-Pakistan.

  • The four main petals of the monument represent the four provinces (Balochistan, KPK, Punjab, and Sindh), while the three smaller petals represent the three territories (Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and the Tribal Areas).

  • The floor is made up of granite.

  • The central platform is made in the shape of a five-pointed star which is surrounded by a water body. A metallic crescent surrounding the star is inscribed with sayings of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and poetry of Allama Iqbal.

Museum

  • The Museum was completed in November 2010.

  • The museum provides an insight into countrys history and the struggle through which the people of Pakistan went through during the sub continent era. It pays a tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for a separate homeland.

  • It is divided into various sections of pre-partition history, setup in a chronological order.

  • The museum also hosts now few relics of Iqbal and Jinnah in the two separate rooms. There is also a library containing rare manuscripts and some popular books published on the subject.

  • Right beside the entrance of the museum there is an Audio/Visual section, which has computers all connected to a local network hosting wide-ranging documentaries from ISPR, popular dramas, old music collection, and rare photographs.

  • It also includes a wax museum depicting important events leading to the Pakistan Movement.

Accessibility

  • It is located within the Islamabad Capital Territory and easily accessible from Islamabad city by Road.

  • To get there, take Islamabad Highway towards Rawalpindi and turn left from the Shakar Parian turn.