Museums of Tashkent
State Museum of History of Temurids opened in Tashkent on 18 October, 1996. The museum was placed in the centre of Tashkent for the 660-year anniversary of Amir Temur, and has an unusual shape, in the shape of a dome, in accordance with the style of famous local landmarks.
From the early days of its existence, the museum has become a centre of scientific thought and education; its exhibits are of great historical value. These include jewellery, weaponry, military attire and regalia, musical instruments, manuscripts, personal effects of Amir Temur, Babur, astronomical instruments of Ulugbek and many other cultural treasures dating back to the Temurids era.
The museum building represents the synthesis of medieval, or more exactly, the Temurids epoch and modern architectural styles. It has a circular form with ribbed dome decorated with blue majolica, parapets on the roof, open aywan and orderly pillars. White marbles were used in the decoration of pillars, floor and front stairs. The inner side of the dome is designed in accordance with the best traditions of the eastern architecture. Decorated with refined ganch-carving it is covered with thin layer of gold leaf.
The State Museum of Arts
The State Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan is one of the largest museums in the Central Asia, which was founded in 1918 on the base of a small collection from 500 exhibits. These were the works of the Russian and the West-European art such as painting, sculpture, decorative furniture, porcelain and bronze.
The most valuable exhibits of the antique and the early-medieval art of Uzbekistan are presented in the exposition of the museum; they are architectural decor, embroideries, rugs, fabrics, copper-stamping manufactures, golden needlework, jewelry art and others.
The Exposition of the graphic art of Uzbekistan shows the complex and unique way of the formation and development of the national painting of graphs during more then the century history. Here we can see the works of I. Kazakov, I.Karazin, R.Zommer, S.Yudin, L.Bure, A. Nikolaev, A.Volkov, N. Karahan, U.Tansykbaev, A.Abdullaev, R.Akhmedov, Ch.Akhmarov, R.Charyev, D.Umarbekov, B.Dzalalov and the others.
The State Museum of Applied Arts
In State museum of applied art of Uzbekistan there are more than 7,000 pieces of traditional folk art, starting from the first half of XIX century until modern times. The museum collection is represented by all regions of Uzbekistan, many of which are recognized as centers of artful handicrafts. Among the exhibits you will find ceramic, glass and porcelain plates and dished, samples of hand-made and machine embroidery, national fabrics and clothes, carpets, works of wood engraving, varnished miniatures, jewelry and many other things.
The museum attracts by its atmosphere, which lets a visitor feel all charm of ancient objects and interior. It also hosts trade exhibitions of contemporary works of art created on the basis of local traditional techniques. This museum bears interest not only by its collection, but also by the building itself, which represents a model of architectural decorative art. This building was a former castle-residence of Russian diplomat A. A. Polovtsev, and was built in the end of XIX century in a national style. Master of the castle was a great connoisseur of the East. Aphorism depicted above his reception room doors using Persian characters says: “World is a castle where new people enter every day”.
Museum of handicrafts was a predecessor of this Museum of applied art. The former was established on the basis of Uzbekistan handicrafts exhibition, which was held since 1927. Since 1938 the museum was located in its current building. In 1960 it was named “Permanent exhibition of applied art of Uzbekistan”, and since 1997 it was passed into authority of the Ministry of culture and received a status of State museum of applied art of Uzbekistan.
Art Gallery of Uzbekistan
The richest collection of artworks of Uzbekistan from the beginning of the 20th century up to the present day, as well as a unique collection of Central Asian coins are on display in the Art Gallery, which opened its doors on the eve of the celebration of Independence Day of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2004. The first exhibition mostly included the collection of the Paintings Gallery of the National Bank for Foreign Economic Activity of the Republic of Uzbekistan, which was established in 1994 upon the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov.
Modern equipment installed in the Gallery allows for the maintenance of the most rigorous temperature, humidity and security conditions, necessary for the demonstration and storage of exhibits. Lecture and video rooms, and a library, master class studio, and workshops all certainly raise the new exhibition complex to the level of an international arts center.
Aside from its exhibition area of 8,500 sq.m, which is comprised of 15 showrooms, the Gallery includes a duly equipped conference hall for presentations, seminars, business meetings, video demonstrations and other events.
Visitors can relax in the cozy cafe and purchase souvenirs in the art shop.
The management of the museum is ready to work with various organizations and delegations in Uzbekistan and abroad.