The State Museum of History is one of the oldest museums in Uzbekistan. It was founded in 1876 as the National Museum of Turkestan. Its initial small collection was provided just by enthusiasts. The exhibits of the museum present the historical period from Stone Age till the present day. Many of the artifacts are well-known worldwide, such as the figurine of Buddha which was found in Surkhandarya. There are more than 250,000,000 exhibits including ancient ceramics, textiles, coins, historical documents and books.
The halls of the museum will boggle your imagination with the magnificence of medieval civilization of Uzbekistan which has repeatedly been demonstrated at exhibitions in Paris, Milan and other cities around the world.
The examples of crafts, coins and writing vividly demonstrate the rise and formation of the ancient nationhood.
The material and artistic culture of Uzbekistan is represented in the exposition by masterpieces of handicraft and fine art.
Bronze, ceramics, jewelry, cult-objects (Zoroastrian ossuaries, a copy of the holy Avesta, etc.) as well as some ethnographic materials are exhibited here.
Judging by the works of art, the technology of handicrafts in ancient and medieval times reached the highest level. Modern craftsmen of Uzbekistan revive the best traditions of heritage preserving ancient recipes and techniques.
Working hours: 9:30 – 18:00
Day off: Monday
Guided tours in Russian and Uzbek languages. Guided tour in English should be requested in advance.