The culture, heritage, history and language have always remained very dear to the people of Sindh. In line with the aspirations of the people of the province and to protect the cultural heritage of Sindh, a "Culture Cell" was established in Education Department, in 1976. It was given status of an Administrative Department in 1988. The department remained under transition most of the time. Initially, it was established as "Culture, Tourism, Sports, Youth Affairs and Social Welfare Department". Later on, it was truncated to "Culture and Tourism Department". Lately, in 2009, the department was bifurcated into "Culture Department" and "Tourism Department".
Culture Department promotes cultural heritage of Sindh within Pakistan and abroad; supports literary activities through establishment and maintenance of public libraries, publication of books and patronage of scholars and intellectuals; protects the historical / heritage buildings through preservation / conservation of archaeological sites and monuments in addition to their management and upkeep regulates protection of heritage buildings and makes efforts for the welfare of the intellectuals writers, poets and artists - of Sindh.