National Museum of Tajikistan

National Museum of Tajikistan

National Museum of Tajikistan
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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STATE INSTITUTION OF THE «NATIONAL MUSEUM OF TAJIKISTAN» UNDER THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TAJIKISTAN. On July 27, 2011, the Decree of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan № 675 was issued on the establishment of the State institution of the «National museum of Tajikistan». The museum has a total area of 24,000 sq.m and the exhibit space occupies 22 rooms with a total area of over 15,000 sq. m. The National Museum of Tajikistan is composed of four exhibition departments: Department of Natural History, Department of Ancient and Medieval History, Department of Modern and Contemporary History and Department of Fine and Applied Arts.
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  • Dirk W
    Alexandra Headland, Australia6,009 contributions
    Zoroaster, Hellenic, Buddhist
    Most people come to Central Asia because they were sold on a "Silk Road" trip. Unfortunately, there's very little tangible stuff left of that period, as most got destroyed by different invaders (mostly the Arabs in 8th, then Ghenghis in 13th century). So it's important to visit the National Museum of Tajikistan, because here you will see evidence of a Zoroastrian, Hellenistic and Buddhist past. It is not a fantastic museum and there are some really dreadful rooms (taxidermy !), but there are also some wonderful gems. And they make it more than worth !
    Written November 18, 2022
  • Reza Sattarzadeh
    Muscat, Oman2,221 contributions
    Best Museum in town
    The National Museum of Tajikistan is literally the best museum in town. The building itself is incredible as the pillars look like the pillars of the Persepolis in Iran. The museum is in three floors each focusing on one part of the history of Tajikistan and the region. It is recommend that you take about two hours of your time inside.
    Traveled solo
    Written January 26, 2020
  • Nicebody
    Miami Beach, Florida39 contributions
    Probably The Most Interesting Thing in Dushanbe
    When I travel, I do so to learn about the country I am visiting. This means learning about its historical, cultural and artistic heritage. This museum, although old and not well kept by American or European standards, has everything. You will be quiter surprised when you walk into one room and see a 50 foot long reclining Budda. Really. Go by all means.
    Traveled solo
    Written September 17, 2014
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ProfessorD999
Arlington, VA161 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
The National Museum of Tajikistan is an imposing building with a large park complex surrounding it. At the center of the park is the world's tallest flagpole. Each floor is different and there seem to be samples of Tajik history from all eras. The basement floor has a replica of a reclining Buddha found at the Ajina-Tepe Buddhist monastery and a natural history section with a few impressive displays of landscapes/ecosystems with taxidermy (many animals including snakes and fish). My favorite exhibits were the early bronze/iron age artifacts and the late Tsarist Empire/Soviet Era items. We arrived later in the afternoon spent about an hour and a half in the building. In retrospect, having a tour guide might have helped although many exhibits did have English descriptions along with Tajik and Russian Language. No regrets, but based on my interests I would like to visit the National Museum of Antiquities the next time I'm in the city.
Written September 30, 2016
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Carpetblogger
Nice, France123 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
Tajikistan has a real national museum that has a great collection of genuine antiquities fro the country's past, including the real reclining Buddha, in a small, Soviet-era building on the other side of town from this ostentatious, hideously-designed monstrosity. There's no indication that the pastiche reclining Buddha housed here isn't the real thing. Most of the other "antiquities" are copies of the real ones in the other museum as well.

It's even weak on kitsch -- I expected to see more cheesy portraits of Rahmon standing among flowers, or playing pool or surrounded by admiring children. The gifts he's been given by other tinpots aren't even that good.

Skip this and go to the other one.
Written July 15, 2015
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Amin_7
Toronto1 contribution
My Fiance and i visited the museum in Tajikistan. Tajikistan is a very poor nation which has just recently entered the family of the free world and is steadily and progressively building its reputation as a sound and world class tourist attraction. The tajik museum certainly needs upgrading and in time with financial assistance and museum professional support, I am sure Tajik antiquities will be managed. It is unique to see an old fashioned museum in a country where the pay is very low. Therefore, I support this country's museum whole heartedly and would love to see art effects of the modernizing Tajikistan portrayed visually and artistically in the museum to exhibit its transition inoto the family fo the free world.
Written October 16, 2007
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Andrew M
7,170 contributions
Aug 2019
We visited this site to see the external sculptures, as we had been to the national Museum of Antiquities earlier in the day. It is easily reached by taking trolleybus 2,10 and 11 or Bus 8,13 23 and 37 to the Putovskiy Bus stop. After getting off the bus, cross the Ismail Somoni Avenue and the white arched entrance with gold letters will be seen. This is a great area to take a photo of the tall flag pole, which is in Park south of the museum.The museum is on the right, and is brown with white columns. The sculpture garden is well laid out, and includes a pond, sculptures and beautiful flower beds.

Just outside the museum is the sculpture of Cyrus the Great (600–531 BC), which is probably the most photographed. There are eleven (11) sculptures in the Park, and all have the year or century to which they relate, the name and a short commentary. Unfortunately this is all presented in Tajik, so the sculptures can be a little difficult to identify. Other sculptures which we recognised included Ghiyath al-Din Muhammad (1163-1203), Kanishka the Great (127–150), Avicenna  (980–1037), Ismael Somoni (849-907) and Rudaki (858-941).

The Park is itself an attraction, but we decided to visit the nearby Navruz Palace and Zoo, instead of entering the museum. Other interesting Parks within walking distance include the Amphitheater Park and Writers Park.
Written November 17, 2019
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Klaus M
Berlin, Germany303 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
The National museum is one if the sights what you should see if you stay longer than a day. The impressive building offers a insight in Tajik culture, art and history. The objects are of value and well presented.
If you want to see the big Buddha in Nirvana, here is only a good copy in exhibition.
Written October 6, 2019
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Martinrogger
Manukau, New Zealand2 contributions
Apr 2011
Although the displays at this museum are not in a sophisticated manner, the material it holds are of great historical significance. The huge reclining Buddha, the burial place of the Sarazm princess, Tajikistan antiques, ancient wall paintings from Penjikent, etc are found here. This old archaic museum depicts the ancient culture of various regions from where these historical findings were excavated. The museum certainly needs to see some modernization. However, every visitor is sure to appreciate the efforts of the Tajikistan government. I visited it along with my family and all adults found it quite interesting as it offered us some deeper insights into the ancient Tajikistan culture.
Written May 30, 2011
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KashaH
Oxford, UK93 contributions
This museum houses some of the most important ancient historical findings relating to Tajikistan - the enormous reclining Buddha, wall paintings from ancient Penjikent and the burial site of a princess from Sarazm, complete with colourful beads. The British Museum it is not, however, all the visitors we have taken here have enjoyed the experience and found that the exhibits put the rest of their visit to Tajikistan in context.
Written July 4, 2010
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tajikbernie
Las Cruces, NM37 contributions
Rating a museum in a post conflict country such as Tajikistan, which has almost no tourism, is difficult. When I lived in Dushanbe, in 2001, it was not modern. The collapse of the USSR, followed by the civil war, made it a place not often visited by foreigners. Today (2007/8) it is different at least in the Capitol. The Museum is new since 2001 and is a good start for people looking to grasp just how ancient this area is in terms of its various cultures and history. The exhibits are displayed in a relatively unsophisticated way, but if visitors take their time and particularly if they've done any reading about the country (pre-Soviet) ahead of time, the exhibits are eye-opening. Do NOT bring a western standard of what a museum should be. Instead, appreciate the efforts the Tajik government and people are making to open the world's eyes to a very overlooked part of the world. Then, once you've gone through the Museum, get a taxi and go out to the fort at Ghissar and see an on the ground restoration effort. Or, go up to Khojand and see the restoration of the fort built when Alexander was trying to go north from Central Asia.

The Museum is two stories, and many of the exhibits are not well detailed about what the cultures were like from which the items are taken. That's something the Museum should work on, perhaps even offering a standard audio guide to accompany the visitor. Many of the exhibits are self-evident in terms of what si being viewed, but a really useful thing would be to have a map in each room indicating the location of the 'find' and the nature of the culture from which the pieces are taken.
Written December 8, 2007
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Ali
Jakarta, Indonesia58 contributions
Jun 2019 • Business
This museum is located near Kakh-e Nowruz and Hotel Hyatt.

Upon entering this museum , you first face with a statue of the great Cyrus ( Kourosh, the Pars Emperor and founder who established one of the biggest empires in the world and who freed and emancipated the Bani Israel ( The Jewish) from captivity under Babylon Empire , 550 B.C.

In addition to that statue, there is another eye-catching statue belonging to a legendary hero of Persia ( Arash the Archer) who sacrificed his life for rescuing Persia and its borders against the enemies .

After visiting these two statues in the courtyard, enter the museum which looks beautiful and new . It has two main parts : Pre-history and Tajikistan History. Although the historic objects were found inside Tajikistan territory.

You can take advantage of museum guides in Persian/ English and Russian.

At the end , you can register your observations from the museum in a notebook devoted for this purpose.
Written August 7, 2019
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Koendeh
Leiden, The Netherlands246 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Brand-new building with a big flag post next to it. Entry is cheap and that is good. Because there is nothing special to see. There was a fake Buddha statue that was made of carton box's. Luckily air-con was working. Toilet was really dirty.
Written July 26, 2018
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