One of Pakistan's largest private museums, Fakir Khana, The House of The Humble Ones, has been welcoming visitors since 1901. The structure was formerly owned by Raja Todar Mal, the Mughal Empire's finance minister at Akbar's darbar. Later, in the 20th century, it underwent renovations to become a mansion housing nearly two centuries of history of the exciting lives of some of the finest figures of the time and region. The sixth generation of the Fakir family is currently in charge of the Fakir Khana Museum. Bhatti Gate, one of the renowned 13 gates of the walled city of Lahore, is only a short five-minute walk from the location. It is the sole privately held museum acknowledged by the Pakistani government. The Fakir family founded and maintained a publishing firm in Lahore after settling there in 1730, and this is where the museum's history begins. The family has amassed a library of 10,000 manuscripts throughout the years. The Miniature Hall:
The Miniature Hall, which has an exhibit arrangement that has been maintained for three-quarters of a century, is the most stunning of all the sections of the Fakir Khana Museum. The hall is a sizable chamber from a wealthy household at a time when western influences were beginning to permeate the traditional ways of life in Lahore. The Hall of Miniatures' main draw is its extensive collection of miniature paintings, which are all framed and coated and are displayed against the wall. These are from a variety of schools, including Kangra, Rajput, Irani, Mughal, and Pahari, and are either on paper or ivory. There are 160 miniatures presented in all. The museum has a section devoted to Buddhist art from the Gandhara civilization. This ancient civilization, which peaked during the first and fifth centuries, covered a region that is now part of Afghanistan and North West Pakistan. Greek art has a significant influence on the sculptures of Gandhara. The Mahayana style of Buddhism was introduced to South Asia and the first documented sculpture of the Buddha was created in Gandhara. The Hall of Carpets:
The Gol Kamra, or sitting room, of the Fakir Khana Museum, was formerly the Hall of Carpets. In total, the museum has 18 preserved falasies, shawls, carpets, and various needlework. Some of these are on display in this hall, while others are in the Calligraphy Room and the Hall of Miniature Paintings. The collection consists of 16 carpets: 8 Shirazi, 6 Irani, 1 Iranian gilm with floral motifs, and 1 now on exhibition.
Hakiman Bazar, Lahore, Punjab, 54000, Pakistan