Museum & Galleries

FaKir Khana Museum

Pakistan / Asia

The FaKir Khana Museum is a private museum, laid out like a private house, near the walled city, owned by the Fakir family.   It contains 20,000 objects, mainly from between the 18th and 20th centuries, the largest such collection in South-East Asia.  The museum is a hidden treasure of miniatures, Islamic art, Chinese porcelain, Persian carpets, woodwork, coins and fabrics.  The Fakir family settled in Lahore around 1730 and set up a publishing house.  They amassed a large collection, much of it given to them by Ranjit Singh.  The family opened the museum in 1901.

The house itself used to belong to Raja Todar Mal (1500-89), Finance Minister at the court of the Emperor Akbal. 

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