Afrasiyab Museum
Afrasiyab Museum
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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LondonE3Traveller
London, UK1,407 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
We visited as had quite a few days in Samarkand. It’s a small museum with some info in English but not a huge amount. The video (go into the video room to the right when you go in) was interesting to learn about the mural. We watched it at the end but would suggest you watch that first and then look at the mural and then the museum.
Not a must do attraction but interesting if you have 30 minutes free. You can walk into the Afrosiyab site without charge (there is no charge as it’s a large open air site) by walking through a gate next to the museum.
Written August 4, 2023
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Andrew M
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We visited this museum on arriving in Samarkand by train. Tram # 2 runs from the train station to the end of it's route on Shah-i-Zinda Street, and then a 10 minute walk north on Tashkent Road is required to reach the museum. There is no public transport which runs past the museum, but if you wish to avoid a hot walk, a taxi can also be taken from town. The museum is situated on the site of the old city and has been open since 1970. Once you have paid for a ticket and entered the lobby, the self guided tour is in a clockwise direction.

The exhibits start with the Palace of the Ihshids where the famous fresco was found in 1965. There were great models of the ancient city on display. The main attraction here is the 7th century fresco, but it is difficult to get an understanding of the fresco unless you have seen photos of the recreated version. We were very interested in the Zoroastrian pictures, as the Afrasiyab site was a mix of many cultures including Buddhism and Islam. There were also interesting displays of samples of pottery of the Achaemenid Period.

A section was dedicated to the Macedonian and Hellenistic periods. This included pictures of Alexander and samples of the coins of the period. There were also pottery samples from this period. The next room was dedicated to the Sasanian Empire. The Sasanids were Zoroastrians and prohibited burial of bodies. A great display of burial urns and skulls was in this section. The Tang Dynasty was next and we spent quite a bit of time comparing the frescos to the recreated drawings below. After completing the exhibits downstairs, watch the free video on the excavations which highlight the fresco.

The displays upstairs are limited but also interesting. There were mostly exhibits of pottery, but also included maps of the Mongol route during the invasion of the Khwarezm Empire. We were glad to see this map, as we had visited most of the ancient cities which the Mongols had captured. Another interesting exhibit was a detailed map of the old city showing the location of the gates and the inner and outer defensive walls. In the center of the room was a yurt which was beautifully decorated inside.

We enjoyed our short tour of the museum, and made sure to buy water from the cashier to drink on the hot walk back to town. The gift shop was small but had quite a few interesting items. A great sculpture of camels on the silk road is to the right of the museum near to the main road. If you continue north, Daniels tomb can be visited. If you head south towards town, the Jewish Cemetery, Presidents Tomb and Hazrat Khizr Mosque are all located on Tashkent Road.
Written October 23, 2019
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Gert78
Saint Nicolas, Belgium131 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
This is a small museum, of which the collection consists mainly of terracotta. It's main draw is it's fabulous fresco in the central room. Over all, the museum is definitely worth its low income price. As it is located on the end of the city, and you probably are staying more in the center, I suggest arranging transport to this museum and then walk back to your accomodation on a route past all the other attractions of Samarkand.
Written July 24, 2019
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sgporteruk
Weston super Mare, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
Most European visitors arrive as part of an organised tour and might well miss this small gem of a museum as it is tucked away from the main tourist attractions. The exhibits do not have much by way of explanation for the English speaking and my wife and I were therefore grateful to Tuycheiva for taking us through the various ages of settlement of the Fort and the remarkable artifacts topped of course by the historic murals.
Written April 25, 2017
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MamboMumbai
Mumbai, India119 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
See the English documentary first before you explore the ancient zorastrian murals found in a home and then restored at this museum. Definitely worth visiting.
Written June 7, 2016
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Mamed Askerov
Tashkent, Uzbekistan589 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
The museum was founded in 1970, five years after the ruins of ancient Afrosiyob city were discovered by chance. The museum holds many artifacts which could be of interest for history buffs. The most interesting, in my opinion, is the Painting of the Ambassadors, hall on the first floor. Thanks to restorer Geraldine Fray (with the funding coming from the U.S., French, South Korean and other international governmental and non-governmental organizations), the painting has almost been restored and is available for visitors.

The painting represents a rare example of Sogdians' (inhabitants of the Samarkand region) golden age. According to history books, the painting belonged to the palace, which is now in ruins, and dates back to the middle of the 7th century.
Written February 5, 2016
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grimj03
st helier354 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
It is close to st David’s site and interesting showing the dig sites and finds. Coin collection very interesting.
Written November 19, 2021
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kiransfootprints
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India304 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We were the only visitors in the museum that afternoon and I can understand why. The artifacts are well arranged and information is clear and concise. However, there are many items that require deeper understanding or greater appreciation than most of us possess.
Written October 28, 2019
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thelonious22
Seongnam4,404 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
Afrosiab Museum was probably not worth going out of the way for to check out the few frescoes on display. The admission they charge is a bit much for a visit that probably won’t last more than 20 minutes for most visitors. They also charged (not a significant amount) for the restroom which was a bit infuriating after they charged an admission.
Written April 15, 2019
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Marco Grava
Rome, Italy835 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
The whole premises are being renovated / extended; the ticket is awfully expensive for what the museum has to offer to the point that you wonder whethere there will be more exhibitions once the structure is completed. At the moment I personally did not find it very attractive. Interesting yes, but not a must-see
Written April 13, 2019
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