Ashgabat National Museum of History, Ashgabat

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Explore diverse cultural heritage at Ashgabat National Museum of History, a white marble complex in the capital's central area. With over 500,000 artifacts divided into three sections, the pieces showcase the complex history of the country from the Bronze Age through Parthian, Persian, Mongol, and Seljuk periods to modern times. Excavations from Margiana, Gonur Depe and Nissa feature some exhibits such as ivory rhytons, weapons, jewelry, instruments, and a gigantic rug. See a collection of president's hunting trophies on the ground floor, which houses a permanent exhibition of post-independence Turkmenistan. Use our Ashgabat vacation trip planner to visit Ashgabat National Museum of History on your trip to Ashgabat, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 12, 2017
    If nothing else you have to admit that the Ashgabat National Museum of History is housed in a beautiful building! It houses three museums in one, History, Ethnographic and one about the President(s). ...  more »
  • June 27, 2017
    It is the more interesting of Turkmenistan, since it makes a very complete sweep of the history of the country. You should go.
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  • May 18, 2017
    Even as being the most interesting of the three sections of the national museum, it's rather overpriced (10$ per person). Setup of museum leaves quite some room for improvement, with only half of the ...  more »

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