Ashgabat National Museum of History, Ashgabat

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History Museum Museum
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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  • 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 »
  • There is a lot to see, the guide recommended two hours but we only had one. History and carpets are major draws.  more »
  • This was a very interesting place to visit in order to get a great understanding of the country's history. A great place to start any tour of Turkmenistan. The signage was great, conveniently located ...  more »

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Budget is not a word you'll hear often in Ashgabat, so be prepared for lavish accommodation options. With one of the largest selections of high-class hotels in the country, the city caters to those who desire pampering. The range of luxury places to stay in Ashgabat will leave you spoiled for choice. Travelling here on a shoestring presents more of a challenge, even the city's mid-range options cost more than your average city. A more remote location will bring the price down a little; hotels situated further from downtown offer a more affordable stay.
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