Museum sights in Islamabad & Rawalpindi
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The Pakistan Army Museum is next to the Army Library (behind the Pearl Continental Hotel). It houses a handful of well-kept galleries exhibiting a limited but interesting collection dating from prehistoric times. Items include rifles, swords (including some Turkish ones), Stone Age hand-axes, a former Russian missile system and, rather oddly, an Australian harpoon.
The rewarding Taxila Museum is closed the first Monday of each month and closes early (14:00) during Ramazan (Ramadan). It houses many of the significant finds from the Taxila site, particularly from the Kushan era. These include exquisite Buddha sculptures with intriguing Mediterranean faces, temple friezes, silver and bronze artefacts and old coins. Photography is prohibited.
Lok Virsa Museum houses a fascinating array of traditional handicrafts including embroidered costumes, old jewellery and intricate woodcarvings - it is well worth a visit. The reference library has resources on history, art, crafts, traditional music and ethnography. Books and other media of folk and classical music can be purchased at the bookshop. Photography inside the museum is prohibited.
For Lok Virsa Museum, you can continue walking over the hill from Shakarparian lookout; or from Zero Point bus stop cross the road, bear right and enter the woods on a path where an approach road joins the Rawalpindi road (the continuation of 8th Ave), a 15-minute walk. A taxi from…