The Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been functioning at the Provincial level since 1st July,1992 for the protection and preservation of Cultural Heritage of the province and after the devolution of Department of Archaeology and Museums Govt. of Pakistan (Federal Archaeology Department) on 30th June 2011 the staff and 91 archaeological sites and Swat Museum, Saidu Sharif have been transferred to the Provincial Directorate.

The Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was established for the following basic objectives:

  • Exploration of Archaeological sites.
  • Excavation of Archaeological sites.
  • Establishment of new museums in the Province & maintenance of existing Museums.
  • Conservation of Historic monuments.

Subordinate Institutions:

  • Peshawar Museum, Peshawar.
  • Dir Museum, Chakdara.
  • Swat Museum, Saidu Sharif.
  • Mardan Museum, Mardan.
  • City Museum, Gor Khuttree.
  • Chitral Museum, Chitral.
  • Pushkalavati Museum Charsadda.
  • Hund Museum, Swabi
  • Bannu Museum Bannu.
  • Sethi House (Peshawar).
  • Bumburate Museum, Chitral.
  • Abbottabad Museum, Abbottabad.
  • Town Hall Museum, D.I Khan.


    The Directorate is also engaged in arousing awareness among the general masses to realize the status and importance of tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the country. Dissemination of relevant knowledge has greatly helped in promoting this awareness resulting in preservation of archaeological sites and monuments. Now the people are showing keen interest in reconstructing cultural heritage and ancient history of our homeland.

    Our mission is also to strengthen political relations with the neighbouring countries by interacting with themin the domain of research. We are making progress in signing research projects with the top class Universities and Museums world over to delve deeper the roots and developmental march of civilizations that flourished on this soil. We are also aiming at sharing information pertaining to our subject with the international experts through holding seminars and conferences that are attended by a large number of renowned scholars and intellectual from different countries of the world. This is our mission to generate leadership qualities among the students and scholars of the Department to vie with their counterparts in other disciplines specially designed for the purpose.

    The Directorate plays an instrumental role in promoting cultural tourism thereby accumulating foreign exchange to the government treasury. The protected monuments all over the country are frequently visited by tourists that also form a constant source of our income.


  • To convey quality education in the field of Archaeology through multidisciplinary and thematic approach.
  • To provide skilled professionals to different institutions conducting teaching and research in the field of Archaeology and Museology.
  • To promote the management of cultural heritage and preservation of cultural assets.
  • To play a vital role in furthering the understanding of Archaeological and historical past of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.