ISLAMABAD: Established in 1976 under the patronage of Pakistan Science Foundation located at Garden Avenue, the Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) is home to the country’s fossils and relics of the bygone eras.
The museum has four principal divisions—Botanical science, earth science, zoological sciences and public services. The first three science divisions are engaged in collection, identification and research activities pertaining to plants, animals, fossils and mineral resources of Pakistan while the later is responsible for mass education and popularisation of natural history through various displays, exhibits and dioramas.
There are five display galleries—Bio Gallery, Tethys Gallery, Gemstones Gallery, Eco Gallery and Palaeo Gallery—educate visitors about the country’s natural history. These galleries provide information about flora and fauna of Pakistan from the seashores to alpine heights of Pakistan, salt range, ocean life, minerals and rocks, whale skeleton, various precious and semi-precious stones, basic information about earth sciences, zoological and botanical sciences and pre-historic wildlife of Pakistan.
Talking to The Express Tribune Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Professor Dr Muhammad Ashraf insisted that such museums must be built in all major cities or at least the capital of all the provinces. “We have only two blocks of Pakistan Museum of National History built while there are six more blocks remaining to complete the project, which is in process,” he said adding that they plan on adding aquarium, botanical and zoological gardens in the project in the future.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 29th, 2016.