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Address: Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The site of an ancient settlement that existed more than two thousand years...

The site of an ancient settlement that existed more than two thousand years ago.

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The museum is small, but its subject, the archeological finds in the old city of Afrasiab, is extremely interesting. There is very little left of pre-islamic art in Uzbekistan and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Epinay-sur-Orge, France

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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50 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very nicely done small musuem depicting 7th century civilisation in Samarkand. Amazing restoration of wall paintings showing early ambassador visits to city, and relationships with nearby and far east representatives

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new york
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180 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum presents evidence of a seventh century civilization in Samarkand. See the movie first. Without it, it is difficult to get any value out of the exhibits.

Thank wardnick1
Epinay-sur-Orge, France
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186 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is small, but its subject, the archeological finds in the old city of Afrasiab, is extremely interesting. There is very little left of pre-islamic art in Uzbekistan and we found that this is be the best place in the country to appreciate it. The museum is at its best with the spectacular wall frescoes describing court life in... More 

1 Thank Vijgeblad
Port Lincoln, Australia
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35 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

On the way to Uleg Beks onservatory we drove thru and around acres of wasteland which was apparently the site of the very ancient city of Afrosiab. There are no tours of the site, and only a small area appears to have been excavated when a new highway was put thru to Tashkent. All sorts of mid 7th century wondrous... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016

The only plus side this museum is the beautiful set of Sogdian frescoes. Otherwise it is a tired and dull museum, poorly presented and with very little of interest

Thank philipsK7729PY
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94 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2016

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.

1 Thank MamboMumbai
Goa, India
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354 reviews
176 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Afrasiab museum built on site of excavation which is going on. Afrasiab an area of about 200 hectares was named after king Afrasiab.. the city was protected by rivers in North and East and deep ravines to South and West, many believed this to be the ancient Sogdian capital of Maracanda that was destroyed by Alexander the Great in the... More 

Thank Sparkie09
London, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016

This small museum should tell the story of early Uzbekistan and the Sogdians. The exterior is being upgraded and I do hope they do the interior as well, as the displays are not very well thought out, labelled or displayed, and the items look mostly unloved. Which is a real shame, considering the history and the story they have to... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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113 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2016

It's a museum, which tries to tell visitors about local habits, traditions, history. There are not a lot of artefacts and the few that are there are replicas. So don't expect anything fancy or elaborate. Visiting this museum is not a priority, if you have time do it, otherwise don't go out of your way to go there.

Thank ZwarteKater
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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219 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 377 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2016

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... More 

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