Mohatta Palace Museum
Mohatta Palace Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The palace was used as the residence of Quid-e-Azam's sister, Fatima Jinnah until her death in 1967
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Ollerbarrow
Altrincham, UK1,610 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Mohatta Palace is a jewel in Pakistan’s heritage which has been extensively remodelled. It tells the story of the civilisations prior to the formation of the state of Pakistan, and there are guides who will regale you with the relevance of all of the historical sites amalgamated here. Nice peaceful place with loads of history but not up to the standard of many a museum elsewhere in the world.
Written February 23, 2020
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Xaibnaji
Manchester, UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I was born and grew up in Karachi lived there all my life but never knew it’s open for public may be sometimes in last 20 years.
Heard loads of stories that it is haunted. I have always been fascinated by this building such a beauty😍😍
Written August 21, 2020
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SalimM
London, UK1,868 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Built in the early 1900s. Beautiful architecture. It was originally as a residence but now houses an art gallery and museum. Cameras are not allowed inside the palace only in the grounds. Entrance fees payable, yes a higher rate for foreigners.
Written April 17, 2022
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Safia J
Fort Worth, TX11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Mohatta Palace takes you back to a royal time. We toured the palace and it was a great historical experience. Exhibits change every so often. There is a small gift shop inside as well! We also attended a private musical event (pre-Covid). The site is very well maintained.
Written October 20, 2020
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bitterntraveller
bittern539 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
What an amazing old home. Well built and well presented. The gardens are an oasis in Karachi The display whilst I was there was a textile display and one with Mr Jinnah’s photographic history. Very interesting. Staff in the museum were attentive too
Written March 20, 2024
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tkhan
Lancashire29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This gem is hidden away in a quiet Clifton street. Formerly it was the last residence of Fatima Jinnah, sister of Mohammed Ali Jinnah the founder of Pakistan. It fell into disrepair after her death in 1967 but has been restored to itd former glory.

I had high hopes when I stepped out of the taxi as I had seen photos of Mohatta Palace and I wasn't disappointed on arrival. Admission is 10 Rupees per person (Feb 09) which is a bargain considering the quality of attraction that you're visiting. You will have to go through a metal detector at the gates and have your bags searched but the guards are polite and professional.

The building itself is built in Rajastani style and is like no other in Karachi. I took countless snaps of the outside, unfortunately photography inside isn't allowed. If you're expecting an extensive musuem collection then sadly this is not the case. There is a very small display of items which are mainly on loan from other museums and galleries in the country. You have to remember though that this isn't a purpose built museum it's a former stately home that's been converted into one therefore like for like comparisons with fully fledged Musuems in unfair.

When I visited the collections on display included pottery unearthed from Moenjodaro (c.3,500 BC), a display called "the ceramic traditions of Pakistan" which featured tiles from the 16th century through to the present time. Some of the tiles were replicas but were clearly marked as such. In each room within the musuem there were guides who were well trained about the display and answered all the questions that I put to them about the displays. I spoke to them in Urdu so I'm not sure whether they could speak English but everything was signposted clearly in Urdu and English.

Sadly only the ground floor of this extensive building is open and the upper floors are off limits. It is however the outside of the building that is the main attraction. The attention to detail is fantastic and each carving in the jodhpur stone has been restored perfectly.

Around the back of the building there are a few statues, including one of Queen Victoria which was receiving a "nose job" when I visited.

An interesting point to note here is that in addition to historical artefacts the museum also features work by Prominent Pakistani artists and art students, there was one such display when I visited.

In terms of facilities the toilets were spotlessly clean, which is a big deal for a public place in Pakistan. Not only that but it was also stocked with toilet paper. The only downside for me is that I would have preferred liquid handwash rather than soap bars. The toilets are housed in an outside building.

There is also a gift shop, or gift corner to be more precise, inside the main Museum but I didn't browse.

Considering that I had paid next to nothing to get inside the museum I felt obliged to make a voluntary donation inside the box that's placed near the Entrance/Exit of the building.

In conclusion I couldn't find any major faults with Mohatta Palace Museum. If you appreciate fine architecture then this has to be on your itinerary.

Mohatta Palace is just round the corner from Park Towers in Clifton so can be easily combined with a shopping trip.
Written March 17, 2009
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Irfan Ali Shah R
Karachi, Pakistan3,336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful building, great architectural Design. now converted into Museum. you can see cultural Dresses of all over pakistan's people. Must Visit Once atleast.

Written June 12, 2006
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Nawab Tanweer Ahmad
Karachi, Pakistan423 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
I visited this place with my friends, there was two exhibition going on at that time. One is of Kashmir Culture and the other one of Historic Maps. The building itself is an excellent historic place and is beautifully constructed. The garden surrounding the building is creating a marvellous atmosphere. The cellular phones and cameras are not allowed inside the building but you can capture the stunning pictures in the garden. Remember that they will keep your camera when entering the main building and will return it on your exit. I recommend everyone visiting Karachi and the resident of Karachi to visit this place at least once in a life time.
Written August 23, 2017
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Hamza Mahmood
Lahore, Pakistan274 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Family
We once had a chance to manage a function at this Palace Overall experience in terms of services was really good. Good to arrange some events in the ground of this palace..
Written March 18, 2016
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FarooqAR
Karachi, Pakistan241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
Beautifull place to visit alone or with family. Entry is free from kids under 12. Adults pay a nominal fee of Rs 30. The place is owned by the Government of Pakistan but maintained by a trust which is maintaining this place in a very good manner. There are number of exhibitions going on including on maps; Kashmir and clothes of Pakistan. Must see place when you are visiting Karachi.
Written June 29, 2019
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