The famous Fakir Khana Museum is former residence Raja Todar Mal, Finance Minister of Akbar’s darbar (court) of the Mughal Empire.
It is one of the biggest private museums in Pakistan, and has been open to public since 1901.
Fakir Khana means house of the humble ones; Fakir family settled in Lahore in 1730 and archives over twenty thousand specimens of art and artefacts encompassing three centuries, from the 18th to the 20th.
The Miniature Hall is the most impressive which exhibits paintings from variety of schools like Irani, Mughal, Kangra, Rajput and Pahari miniature paintings hung against the wall – all framed and glazed. These are either on paper or ivory, and belong to various schools – Irani, Mughal, Kangra, Rajput and Pahari.
The earliest work of calligraphy in Fakir Khana is the hand written Quran written in Kufic Script and The Museum’s masterpiece is a 12 inches tall and 6 inches wide 19th century miniature portrait of Portrait of Nawab Mumtaz Ali – The artist took 15 years to finish this painting, making it with a one hair brush.