Tashkent Museums and Theatres

The History Museum of Uzbekistan 

Sharaf Rashidov Avenue 3. 

The oldest museum of Uzbekistan founded in 1876 as the Tashkent Museum. Starting from 1943 it was called the Museum of the History of the Peoples of Uzbekistan and since 1992 it is named with present title. The museum contains the exhibits of amateur ethnologists, archeologists and the collections of numismatists, the collections of the museum grew thanks to the valuable findings from the Kokand khanate period, revolution on 1917, WWII, WWII, diggings from Fayoztepa, Karatepa of Termez archeological expedition with its unique Buddha statue of I-II cc BCE. After the reconstruction during 2003-03, it was enriched with new finds, including the replica of Osman Koran, Khorazm finds from Toprakkala, Koykirilgankala and etc. The collection of the museum has more than 200 thousand exhibits.

Tel: 239 10 83. Working time: 09.00 till 18.00, closed on Sunday.

State Fine Arts Museum of Uzbekistan 

Movarounnahr street 16. 

Founded in 1918 as the Peoples University Museum, and in 1924 as Tashkent Art Museum, and from 1935 as Uzbekistan Art Museum. Originally established in former Grand Duke Romanov’s Palace and in 1935-66 it was moved to the People’s House. A new building for the Museum was constructed in 1966, in a simple cubic form, replacing the old museum building. The early exhibition of the museum consisted of prince Romanov’s Art Collection, confiscated in 1918, displayed on the second floor and included European paintings and sculpture from XV-XX cc, and some art samples taken from Leningrad and Moscow museums. During the second half of 30s,the Museum exposition was enriched by paintings from Uzbek artists, displayed on the ground and first floors, represented by ceramics of IX-XVII cc, tile fragments of Samarqand, Shakhrisabz, Bukhara and Khiva; finely carved wooden doors and fencing: Bukharian court robes heavy with gold embroidery: ornamented metalwork and many others. Expositions also include painting, sculpture, the bust of famous people of Italy, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, France, England among them the well known “Amore and Psykheya” of Italian classicism. The museum has more than 50 thousand items and it has been visited by more than 300 thousand people.

Tel: 236 74 36. Working times: 10 am – 17.00 pm. 

Closed on Tuesday.

Exhibition Hall of the Uzbekistan Union 

of Artists 

The main hall of the Republic for exhibition of the artists of Uzbekistan. The best artists and the craftsmen often show their works in this hall. Situated in Uzbekistan street, opposite “Tashkent” Universal Department Store.

Museum of Applied Arts 

Rakatboshi street 15. 


In 1927, the first exhibition of best works of Uzbek masters was conducted. Subsequently it has grown to a permanent one and became known as "National Exhibition of Uzbekistan".

In the following years, the exhibition was enriched with different works of art. Along with it, other samples like hand-made embroidery, jewellery, carpets and other works of applied art that were made in past centuries were bought and demonstrated at the exhibition. Namely these collected samples of applied art were demonstrated in the Museum of Handicraft Art which was opened on 7 of July 1937 in Tashkent.

In 1960, the museum was renamed to "Permanent Exhibition of Applied Art of Uzbekistan"

In 1997, the museum was handed over to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan and received a status of the "State Museum of Applied Art".

At present time, priceless samples of applied art created by golden hands of masters from the first half of XIX century to the present time are collected in depository of the museum.

Works of applied art that are kept in depository of the museum could be divided into 3 groups. Firstly, these are works of applied art that were created on the basis of ancient traditions and are related to different schools which reflect originality of individual region. Secondly, these are more enriched by ornamental patterns works that were developed since the second half of XX century and which were made using traditional methods of folk masters. And the third group consists of works of applied art that meet requirements of contemporary art and which are decorated by rare multicoloured ornamental patterns.

Collected in the depository of museum works of art are kept in collections that are divided into 20 titles and demonstrated in expositions by its kind.

Uzbek people are known to the whole world for its ancient applied art. The art of making jewellery is considered as one of the most ancient. Rare samples of folk art remained in carving, coining, jewellery, ceramics, carpet weaving, sericulture, embroidery and in other dozen of kinds of applied art. At present time these priceless samples of our heritage are kept in our museums. 

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan I.A. Karimov justly noticed: "We recognise the nation not by the name, we recognise the nation by the culture, spirituality, by taking a deep look at the roots of its history. 

Truly, priceless monuments of our material and spiritual culture, which are kept in depository of our museums, are rare witnesses of our history. During years of independence, special attention was dedicated to a significant improvement of museum's functions. A graphic evidence of it is adoption in 1994 and 1998 of two decrees of the Ministry Cabinet on measures of improvement of museum's functions, creation of fund "Uzbekmuseum" and construction of the following museums in Tashkent: "History of Uzbekistan", "History of Timurid's epoch", "Monument to the victims of repression" and construction of archaeological museum in Termez. In the decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan from 12 of January, 1998 "On improvement and perfection of museum's functions" pointed out: "Even greater to perfect museums that existed on the territory of Uzbekistan from the earliest times. Study, enrich, save, show to the whole world and propagandise rare and priceless exhibits that are kept in depository of our museums that are showing the steps of our independence and rich history of our nation. Use them in order to increase awareness, dedication to our motherland and independence, national self-consciousness and pride. Rarest monuments of applied art that are inseparable part of national culture are kept in State Museum of applied art. More than 50 kinds of applied art are demonstrated in expositions of the museum.

As is well known, peculiar centres of national artistic handicraft art have been shaping on the territory of Uzbekistan for centuries. Each region is different from the other by its art of artistic decoration. In particular, Chust is well know for its knifes and tyubeteikas; Rishtan for its azure ceramics, Margilan for its iridescent satin, Bukhara for its gold embroidery. 

You receive a real pleasure from miracles created by man and from originality of works of art while viewing the halls of the museum. 

The museum doesn't have capability to demonstrate more than 7000 rare works of applied art that are kept in depository of the museum. This integrated catalogue has been prepared with the purpose to familiarise the public with our rich cultural heritage and to shape pri


Tel: 256 39 43. Working hours 10 am – 5 pm. Closed on Tuesday.

Alisher Navoiy Literary Museum 

Navoiy street 69. 

The museum holding the name of Alisher Navoiy, the founder of Uzbek Classic Literature first was established in 1940 as part of the Pushkin Institute for Philology and Literature, it became the Museum of Literature in 1967. Among its more than 35 thousand display items, there are Uzbek literary samples, folk reciter’s records, ancient manuscripts, memorial items of repressed writers. The Museum has a section, where one can learn much about the founder of Uzbek classic literature and Uzbek Poetry, much of XV cc Alisher Navoiy’s life and activity. There are miniatures from the Middle Ages of Behzod time, and materials representing XVI-XIX cc poets Bobur, Zebunniso, Turdi, Nodira, Makhmur, Ogahiy, Uvaysiy and Mahzuna. The great number of exhibits. The great number of exhibits expose the visitor to about 200 writers who lived and worked in Uzbekistan during the XX cc. Among them are Khamza, Qodiriy, Ayniy, Oybek, Zulfiya and many others. Interesting showcases display here the busts of Amir Temur and his son Shohrukh khan, created by the professor of anthropology Gerasimov, who opened their tomb in Guri Emir in Samarqand in 1941. Since opening this museum has been visited by more than 6 million people.

Tel: 241 02 75. Working hours 10 am – 5 pm. Closed on Sunday.

The Museum of History of Temurides 

The newest museum dedicated to History of Temurides was opened on the north west side of Amir Temur square in 1996 commemorating Temur’s 660th anniversary. As some years of Temur’s history was connected with Tashkent, there are a good number of exhibits depicting Temur’s life. Many items are put here to display his impact in creating the biggest Temuride State in XIV-XV cc. In the main hall on the ground floor one can see a giant wall painting of Temur and his contemporaries done by the famous Uzbek miniaturist Tahir Baltabayev. Two further attractions are the reconstruction of Samarqand Monuments done during Temur’s reign and the finely carved wooden doors made by master Akmal Azlarov and brothers.

Tel: 232 02 12. Working hours 10 am – 5 pm. 

Closed on Monday.

Museum of Defense History of Uzbekistan 

Academician H.Abdullayev 

street 98. 

In front of this museum a statue of a Soldier, who had been guarding the southern borders of Uzbekistan, positioned on a large pedestal, thrusting his Kalashnikov skyward. This museum displaying the military glory of Uzbekistan Armed Forces was opened in 1965, giving the history of Uzbek soldiering from the early civil war, WWI, WWII, Afghan Campaign to the Independence times courage of Uzbek soldiers.

Tel: 262 46 46. Working hours 10 am – 5 pm. Closed on Monday.