Pakistan Air Force Museum, Karachi
Timings: 08:00 a.m - 22:00 p.m Open all days throughout the year.
Pakistan Air Force Museum is situated between PAF Base Faisal and Awami Markaz on main Shahra-e-Faisal. It is well organized Museum. All area is carpetted by green grass. All major Fighter Air Crafts which are used by Paksitan Air Force are displayed here in open air. There are photo galleries, weapon galleries in a huge covered hall (hanger). Some air crafts are also kept in hall.
There is a Souvenier Shop where you can buy small fighter craft models, Air Force printed key chains, shirts, pen etc.
It is a great experience to visit this museum.
John (my fiancé) loves airplanes. Scrap that: he loves any man-made-metal object that flies! So we decided to visit the Pakistani Air Force Museum during our short stay in Karachi. "Love thy geek" I always say ;-) so I was glad to tag along for his sake.
The museum is pretty much what you'd expect: plenty of major fighter aircraft and machinery in the well-kept gardens, and a large hangar with numerous memorabilia (including weapons from captured India soldiers, proudly on display!), pictures of decorated Pakistani soldiers & war heroes, photos, and a historical timeline through the ages of the air force and also Pakistan's commercial & cargo airlines. The country's patriotism is also supported by a special aircraft on display: the plane used by Mohammed Ali Jinnah (founder of Pakistan), until his death in 1948.
NOTE: For general interest, 1 hour is enough to look around the indoor and outdoor displays. If you are an airplane and/or military enthusiast, you might want to spend up to half a day here.
Near the entrance you'll find a small restaurant and a mosque. In the gardens there is also a play area and small amusement park with rides to keep smaller children occupied. (rides not included in entry fee).
Warning: Ignore the call of nature if you can. The toilets are... abysmal.
Naturally, you'll also find the obligatory Souvenir Shop on your way out where you can purchase anything from cards, books, model aircraft, t-shirts, key chains and other merchandise.
There is a small entrance fee per person. (can't remember how much)
Opening Hours: 08:00am - 11:00pm. Open almost 365 days a year.
In retrospect: it was a nice way to spend our final evening in Karachi. Quite interesting indeed. But military museums make me nervous; glorifying the unfortunate need for violence in our world isn't something I feel proud of as a human being.
NOTE: (2007) Their website is down & there doesn't seem to be a new one, yet.
You will see a lot of old obsolete fighter aircrafts, occassionally a train passing near the museum, and automobiles in the evening spraying insecticides to kill the "bloody" mosquitoes.
Situated near the main thoroughfare, Shara-e-Faisal, therefore the base itself is called Shah Faisal Base. In addition to displaying airplanes in the open air, there is also a hanger which houses antique airplanes as well as armaments, engines, paintings, sheilds, etc. There is also a play area for kids, where they can enjoy various amusement rides.
Highlight of the museum (insdie the hanger) is an old Vikor plane in which Pakistan's founding father, M.A. Jinnah, took his last journey to Karachi on Sept 11, 1948.
Check thier website for more info: http://www.pafmuseum.com.pk
Oh yes! This is also a hangout place for young birds in love.