Museum opening hours: 09AM to 10PM. Open all days

Habib Ibrahim Rehmatullah Road

Karachi, PAKISTAN

Exhibitions

Pakistan Maritime Museum is established to promote awareness about maritime heritage in the general public. Displays of artifacts in the open air as well as inside the museum building are based on the modern concept of presentation and interactive education. It updates the visitor’s knowledge about maritime history and gives a detailed account of various aspects of national heritage. The museum has a main building, which covers an area of 50,000 sq ft and 15 acres of land around the building is aesthetically landscaped with the largest exhibits.
The museum building consists of three floors. It has 8 galleries and 9 displays. This museum has an auditorium with a capacity of 60 seats, a library, and a History & Archive Center. The exhibits including vintage equipment, paintings, dioramas, and murals depicting the maritime heritage and the achievement of the Pakistan Navy. In different galleries, computer interactive kiosks have been provided to visitors for instant access to detailed information about exhibits.

Open-Air Exhibition

The open-air of the museum is a large expense of space that has been designed for entertainment, relaxation, and amusement through public interaction. The lake is an essential element of the museum and generates an important maritime atmosphere within the premises.

Orientation Gallery

The first gallery of Pakistan Maritime Museum is designed for orientation and interpreting the guide map of indoor exhibits. In this gallery, the main element of decor is a large mural depicting Pakistan Navy as a four-dimensional force i.e. surface, subsurface, aircraft, marine force. The Naval Jack and Naval Ensign are erected on right and left respectively. The flags of participants of AMAN Exercises are also displayed.

Maritime History Gallery

Maritime history gallery is the second gallery that exhibits the regional history of seafaring in our region, highlighting important events which imposed permanent scars on the history of this region from the Indus Valley Civilization to the Talpur period. The main exhibits of the gallery include dioramas on Indus valley civilization, a large painting depicting Muhammad Bin Qasim forces taking siege of Deybal and the gallery showcases are also decorated with maritime-related exhibits.

Pakistan Navy Gallery

The Pakistan Navy gallery is the third gallery on this floor. This gallery contains murals, paintings, and exhibits depicting the heritage and landmark achievements of the Pakistan Navy. The Dwarka corner shows the most important historic event of the 1965 war named Operation Somnath. Moreover, a separate wall exhibits the photographs of famous and historic submarines of the Pakistan Navy i.e. PNS/M KHALID, PNS/M HANGOR, PNS/M MANGRO, PNS/M SHUSHUK, and PNS/M HAMZA. The showcases of the gallery are decorated with vintage equipment, models of PN ships, models of sub-marines, models of aircraft, arms & ammunitions and different devices used onboard Ex-PN ships. A dedicated showcase exhibits different types of uniforms which are being used by the Pakistan Navy.

Dwarka Corner

A dedicated corner shows the most important historic event of the 1965 war named as Dwarka Operation. The mural shows the most important historic event of the 1965 war. At midnight 7/8 September 1965. Pakistan Navy carried out a bombardment at Dwarka; a vital communication center of the Indian Navy, 220 miles away from the coast of Karachi. The mission of the operation was to destroy military and radar installations at Dwarka, which were directing the Indian Air Force for attacks on Karachi. The mission was successfully completed and the ships were cheered when returned to Karachi Harbour.

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Submarine

A submarine is considered the stealthiest offensive element of a naval force. Pakistan Navy was the first in the Indian Ocean to raise a submarine force in 1964. The first submarine PNS/M GHAZI (Ex-USS DIABLO) acquired from the US in June 1964, proved its mettle shortly afterward in the 1965 war when the entire Indian Navy remained bottled up in ports due to the deterrence created by PNS/M GHAZI.

Ports And Harbour Gallery

Ports and Harbour gallery is the fourth gallery on the floor. The main exhibit of the gallery includes a diorama which gives a view of Manora Island, breakwater, harbor, and its surrounding settlements and mangroves. One of the walls is decorated with the developments of Karachi Harbour in different phases. A large painting of Manora Island gives a visual view of the lighthouse and Manora Fort on the Island. The model of ancient traders onboard, model of ropery machine, and vintage lantern are its main exhibits.

Marine Life Gallery

The ports and harbor gallery leads into the Marine Life gallery which is the fifth gallery on the floor. The wall of the gallery is adorned with a ravishing ceramic mural. The mural depicts in the abstract the underwater sea life. It is flanked on both sides by freshwater aquariums of large size having fish of different species. There are also twelve small aquariums in the gallery, each containing a specific type of fish fauna.

Shuhada Gallery

The Shuhada Gallery is the sixth gallery which exhibits the names, photographs and belongings of the heroes of the Pakistan Navy who laid their lives for the defense of the country.

CNS Gallery

The seventh gallery of the museum on the second floor is dedicated to the former Chiefs of Pakistan Navy depicting photographs, personal belongings, articles of uniform, gifts, and mementos received by them on various occasions and visits. The photographs on the wall of the gallery depict their official commitments. Brief signage during their tenure about their achievements is also displayed inside each showcase. The other important exhibits in the gallery showcases are commissioning orders of PN units, crockery used by Quaid-e-Azam, and correspondence letters of Quaid-e-Azam and President Ayub Khan.

Science Gallery

A substantial space has been created for a scientific gallery. This is the eigth and the last gallery of the museum. The exhibits of the gallery are specially designed for learning scientific knowledge through working models of different appliances based on simple scientific principles for the interest of students.