Visit Guide to Peshawar Museum

Peshawar museum has one of the best collections of Gandhara Civilization in Pakistan. Situated at the east end of the Mall, sculptures are arranged in chronological order of Buddha’s life. Gandhara experts are also available for guided tours. They include Islamic, Hindu, British, and the Buddhist.

Getting There

The historical Museum of Peshawar is famous for its historical script. And it’s located at a distance of 184 km from Islamabad Motorway M-1.

By roads: Khyber Pukhtankhwa (KP) is different province and cities of Pakistan by a large network of roads. You can reach KP by Bus, Car, Coaches, and Daewoo from different parts of the country. It is mainly connected with capital of Pakistan (Islamabad) by Motorway M-1 and Via National Highway.

By Train: You can also use the train from other parts of the country to reach Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Which can enter Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through different areas.

By Air: The nearest airport that can be used for air travel to Peshawar Museum is Bacha Khan International Airport.

What to Expect

Peshawar Museum is the main interest of the museum lies in the huge collection of ancient coins. There are 8625 coins and out of them, 4510 are pre-Islamic ones. Coins belong to different archaeological sites. They are Jamal Garhi, Shari Bahlol, Shah Ji Ki Dheri, and Takht-I-Bahl.

Another attraction of the Peshawar museum is the Mughal and Persian Islamic Art. You will come across wooden facades of mosques like Persian and Arabic inscriptions. There are also plenty of Multani ceramics and tiles. The modern exhibits on display belong to Kalash Valley. They include spears, arrows, shields, swords, revolvers, and pistols.


The present main hall was built in 1906-07 in the memory of Queen Victoria at the cost of Rs. 60000, out of which Rs. 45000 were donated by the public of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Rs.15000 by the Director-General of Archaeology, India. After completion of the building, the museum was set up in November 1907 to house the Gandharan Sculptures excavated from the major Gandharan sites of Shah-Ji-Ki-Dheri Peshawar, Sahri Bahlol, Takht-i-Bahi in the Mardan District and later from Jamal Garhi and other Gandharan sites excavated by British scholars.

The two-story building, an amalgamation of the British and Mughal architectures, originally consisted of the main hall and two side aisles on the ground and first floor, surmounted by four elegant cupolas and small pinnacles on all the corners.

On The eastern and western sides of the building, two halls were added similarly in 1969-70 (one on each side). In 1974-75, the second story was added to these side halls. A new block under the project “Extension of Peshawar Museum “, was approved in the year 2002 at Rs. 33.11 million. 11 has two components, extension of the museum for constructing an Islamic Block with two galleries, a conservation laboratory, two halls for the reserve collection, offices of the Provincial Directorate and a Cafeteria, and complete remodeling of the existing building by replacing the showcases, lighting, labeling, display 1I7 all the galleries of the existing main building, along with revall1pment of the floor and ceiling, etc.

Facilities Available

  • Local guides are available
  • People of Peshawar are very hospitable
  • PC Hotel, Shelton’s Rezidor Peshawar,Fort Continental Hotels, Hotel Gateway, Emaraat Hotel, Green’s Hotel Restaurant and famous Restaurant of Peshawar Nisar Charsi Tikka
  • Peshawar Museum can be easily accessible thought local transport and can book a car on rent.
  • Tourism Department helps the Tourist/ Visitors through providing broachers in both Urdu and English languages. The local Police and the local Guides can speak multi languages (i.e local languages, Urdu, English and some of them can speak Chinese also).
  • There is a bus stand in Peshawar Museum for public transportation.
  • Filling stations are available in Peshawar Museum which includes Petrol and Diesel.
  • Taxis are available in on daily rent basis.
  • Shops are available.
  • You can easily travel to Peshawar Museum in BRT bus service is a comfortable service for the tourist. The BRT buses run from Chamkani to Karkhanay a total distance of 26 Kilometer with 31 stations.