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PAKISTAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY (HERITAGE MUSEUM) earlier known as Folk Art Museum was established in 1982 with a covered area of around twenty thousand (20,000) square feet. However, in 2004 after the up-gradation and renovation, the Museum was re-named as Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology popularly known as Heritage Museum. The fascinating thing about the Heritage Museum is that it presents history and living traditions of the people of Pakistan both from the main stream and the remotest regions of the country.
The primary purpose of the museum is to educate and edify present and future generations of Pakistan and to create a treasure house for the nation more valuable than the vault of any bank in the world.
Most museum in Pakistan are archaeological which are a throwback from colonial times. The Heritage Museum is the first state museum of ethnology in Pakistan which presents the history and living traditions of the people of Pakistan both from the mainstream and the remotest regions of the country. The location of this landmark achievement at Islamabad enriches the federal capital and adds to its attractions.
The museum has a covered area of 60,000 sq. ft. featuring exhibit halls, making it the largest museum in Pakistan. This is a museum for the people of Pakistan, who are the real bearers of our cultural traditions, which make Pakistan truly great.