The National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage
(Lok Virsa) in Urdu: لوک ورثہ عجائب گھر
is situated in Islamabad, Pakistan. It displays the cultural heritage of Pakistani people. The living style of the different areas of Pakistan is exhibited here in statues, pictures, pottery, music and textile work.
It is located near Shakarparian Hills and has a large display of embroidered costumes, jewellery, woodwork, metalwork, block printing, ivory and bone work. Traditional architecture facades exhibiting such skills as fresco, mirror work and marble inlay; tile, mosaic and stucco tracery are also displayed. Lok Virsa is the finest cultural museum in Pakistan.
Lok Virsa is a specialised organization that works towards creating an awareness of cultural legacy by collecting, documenting, preserving and disseminating folk and traditional heritage.
National Museum of Ethnology (Heritage Museum) depicts the history and living traditions of the people of Pakistan both from the mainstream and the remotest regions of the country. The location of this landmark achievement at Islamabad enriches the federal capital and adds to its attractions.
Lok Virsa is an affiliate member of UNESCO, World Craft Council, International Council of Music, Asian Cultural Centre for UNESCO, International Council of Museums and similar other world organizations for the dissemination of art works.
To establish cultural complexes and museums for the purpose of displaying living arts and crafts, cultural artifacts and rare objects from all parts of Pakistan is the main function of lok virsa.