Swat Museum

Swat Museum
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Swat Museum
Swat Museum is located in Pakistan
Swat Museum
Swat Museum
Swat Museum is located in Gandhara
Swat Museum
Swat Museum (Gandhara)
LocationSwat District
Coordinates34°45′49″N 72°21′34″E / 34.763487°N 72.359382°E / 34.763487; 72.359382Coordinates: 34°45′49″N 72°21′34″E / 34.763487°N 72.359382°E / 34.763487; 72.359382

Swat Museum is a museum located in Mingora, on the Mingora and Saidu road in Swat District, province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.[1]


The museum was conceived in 1959 under the aegis of the Italian Archaeological Mission to Swat and the Wali of Swat to contain his personal collection of artifacts.[2] It was later expanded with the assistance of the Japanese government,[3] but was badly damaged in the Kashmir earthquake of 2005. With the war between the Pakistan government and Taliban in 2007, the museum was closed and its contents were moved to Taxila, this proved lucky as a bomb exploded nearby in February 2008 killing many and damaging the museum. The 2,700 objects were returned to the museum in July 2011,[4] and a new seismic-resistant museum was opened on December 11, 2014.[5]


Location of Swat Museum in Mingora city.

The museum contains Gandharan statuettes and friezes depicting the lives of the Buddha along with seals, small reliquaries and other treasures, mostly from Butkara No 1 and Udegram. Additionally, there are pre-Buddhist artefacts, and an ethnographic gallery with traditional carved Swati furniture, jewellery and embroideries.[6] A recent discovery, includes a stone ‘board’ game found at the Buddhist Complex of Amluk-Dara, of a sort still played in the valley today.[7]


  1. ^ "Swat Museum". is located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
  2. ^ Gauhar, Feryal Ali (Nov 10, 2013). Breathing life into history: the new Swat Museum. Dawn.
  3. ^ Shah, Sadia Qasim (Nov 25 2008). Swat Museum can be Taliban`s next target. Dawn.
  4. ^ Iqbal, Amjad (July 13, 2011). Antiquities to return to Swat Museum. Dawn
  5. ^ (December 11, 2014) Swat Museum reopens after seven years. Dawn
  6. ^ Swat Museum - Museum in Mingora & Saidu Sharif. LonelyPlanet.com
  7. ^ Khaliq, Fazal (April 27, 2017). Board game in Swat museum becomes focus of attention. Dawn.

External links

  • Swat Museum page on Directorate of Archaeology & Museums Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan
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