State Museum of History of Uzbekistan

State Museum of History of Uzbekistan

State Museum of History of Uzbekistan
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Erik A
Copenhagen, Denmark142 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
It is the only no good experience we had in Tashkent.
It seam that nothing has happened with the exhibition the last 50 years.
The staff are unpolite and don’t want to help you.
They have raised the entrance fee for foreigners to 50000 and only one flor is open.
There are only limited information for non Russian and Uzbek talking visitors.
My advise: Use your time and money on some of the other things in Tashkent.
Written August 9, 2023
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,278 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This museum is in a large building, with the exhibits on the ground and first floors. It covers the history of the region from the stone age to the present day.

There were some beautiful creations from the Persians and Bactrian Greeks as well as Bhuddist sculptures that were so prevalent in the area before the rise of Islam.

There were sections on the massive contributions to science, medicine, architecture and culture that made this area critically important to world history. There was also a very large section showing how the country had improved since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. This part was created by the Islam Karimov school of propaganda and was rather one sided!
Written October 15, 2023
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Alex W
Singapore, Singapore1,426 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
First of all, one has to bear in mind that "Uzbekistan" as a country is a rather recent construct, not even 100 years old. The history that this museum addresses is really the history of this territory between the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers that is today mostly synonymous with "Uzbekistan" -- but it's a region that had countless khanates and emirates, all fighting each other, with the occasional foreign conqueror sweeping through, chewing up the political order, and modifying the culture of the place. Different peoples have also come through and settled -- which explains the melange of facial types one sees in the country today.

Go up to the first floor for exhibits from prehistory. Lots of stone tools from thousands of years ago, then lots of pottery. Displays run chronologically through the main historical phases of the region’s history, covering the Persian period, the Greek Macedonian period, the first indigenous kingdoms, the Arab invasions, followed by much glorifying of the Amir Temur (Tamerlane) empire…followed by the Russian period.

On the second floor, exhibits cover recent history, and thus not so good. The positivist message about post-Soviet independent Uzbekistan is more propaganda than history.

Entry 16,000 som. Good for 2 hours. Adequate labelling in English. Easily reached by foot from Mustaqillik Maydoni metro station.
Written October 23, 2019
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Phillip B
63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
If you find yourself wandering around Independence or Temir Square and have some extra time - or just need a respite from the heat- this makes a decent pit stop. A modest admission price of 10,000 cym (about $1.25) gains you access to what is essentially a "Uzbekistan through the ages" extended exhibit, dating from prehistoric to modern, post-Soviet times. The modern section is unabashedly nationalistic and doesn't cover any controversial topics in recent memory (no surprise!). Of course the English signage could be better in the older section, and I would have appreciated a bit more historical info covering the Soviet occupation (which is oddly largely absent), but the museum is still worth a stop.
Written June 15, 2017
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midway42
Georgia3,329 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Solo
I visited this museum on my last day in the country. Located next to Mustaqilik maydoni in a fairly impressive building, I jockeyed for entrance with group of school children when buying my ticket (30,000 som, including camera use) and throughout my visit.

The museum has several floors but only one was accessible during my visit. After ascending the stairs (and a temporary exhibit on post-independence literature) the permanent exhibit starts on the left and continues in a clockwise fashion. Things begin, literally, in the primordial ooze with a small diorama of dinosaurs and the geological history of the area during the stone age. In a roughly chronologic fashion the exhibit then covers the bronze age, various attempts at statehood in the first millennia, the development of science and culture from 900-1200AD, and of course Timur the Great. A description of Uzbekistan in the 19th century before the Russian invasion(s) completes the tour. The upper two floors, presumably containing more recent events, were closed during my visit. I spent maybe 90 minutes total here before leaving not necessarily confused as much as I was unsatisfied.

After spending almost two weeks navigating about half dozen towns and twice as many museums, I thought a visit here would integrate my experiences. This was only barely realized as the coverage was so discursive and English signage so mediocre that I’m not sure if the time and effort spent were justified. The closure of almost half of the museum only added to my mild frustration. There is much potential here for a decent, objective collection but for this reviewer at least that day seems far in the future
Written January 4, 2016
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lupato
Nafels, Switzerland113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Surprisingly good organized and structured museum. Rich of information and good displays. Some areas have a QR code with a description in English. Really appreciated.
I would say a must visit if you plan to go to this modern and quite busy city.
Written August 11, 2019
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Phil G
Bristol117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
A fascinating attraction on two levels. One floor is properly a museum, featuring a sweep of central Asian history from the Sogdians to the Soviets.The other is less a museum than a showcase of Uzbekistan present and future - the "clean, modern, orderly, prosperous" nation envisaged by the late President Karimov and his successors. It covers, agriculture, industry, politics, sport and education - part visitor attraction, part manifesto for the social and economic development of this part of central Asia.
Written May 6, 2017
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JinSaigon
Nicosia, Cyprus40 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
A good museum giving the history of Uzbekistan. When we visited the top floor was closed for refurbishment, so the history only went up to 17/18th century. However, we saw good prehistoric, classical and mediaeval material. We went at the end of our tour so it was a refreshing change from eye - popping Islamic architecture! Worth a visit.
Written June 7, 2015
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Miriahm D
Boulder, CO1,080 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
The building is grandiose and perhaps a little too large for the amount of exhibits on hand. The various early prehistory artifacts are fairly interesting; the costumed figures are quite nice; and the information about the Soviet liberation/oppression/occupation was educational. Better signage in English would have been helpful, but not really missed.
The staff was so anxious to leave, that 10 minutes before closing, while still using the toilet, I was afraid I was about to be locked in. When I emerged there was one last person hurrying me towards the door.
Worth a visit, and the nearby area is a very park like pleasant walking area. Within 10 or 15 minutes you will come on the 2nd hand market, past the metro station and towards Amur Timur's statue.
Written February 16, 2015
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Kanchan C
Kathmandu, Nepal571 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited this museum to know about history of Uzbekistan. The museum is fairly good in size with historical displays. But I expect the historical country like Uzbekistan that had great influence in the past to have richer and wider collection. Anyway the museum deserves worth visit.
Written November 15, 2014
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