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There  are  many  museums  in  the world. The  French  “Louvre”, the American “Metropolitan  Museum”  and  Saint  Peterburg’s “Hermitage”. These  museums are very famous with their  valuable  exhibits, and  all  of  them  are  situated  in definite  specific  buildings. But  Bukhara  is  itself a museum much in the same way Rome or Athens.
Bukhara  recently  marked  its  2500  year anniversary. The are is rich in history with  more  than  400  historical  monuments.  Many  of  these monuments have been  restored  since Uzbekistan’s independence. While it is true that the entire city  of  Bukhara  is  a  living  museum,  we  believe  you will also enjoy taking a closer look at our history and culture by touring our museum.
The Bukhara Architectural Art Museum has 5 sections. The size of the complex is  8320  square  meters. It  has  94   exhibitions   halls   and   28   independent expositions.  In  its  holdings   are  6300  exhibits  which  reflect  the  history  of Bukhara, the material - spiritual  values  of  the  region,  national  customs,  and traditions of the Uzbek people.
The  principle  museum  is  located  in  the  fortress  Ark  (4th century B.C.)  Its archaeological   department  contains  the  following  collections  which  reflect different  stages  of  Bukhara’s  history: stonepieces  including  a knife from the Neolithic  period  (3th — 4th centuries B.C.), materials  from  the  bronze  age which were excavated from the Zamonbobo region, jewelry excavated from the graves of the Sak’s tribe, small statues of leopards and tortoises which were made of Egyptian china. Also there are displayed many ancient dishes, sewing needles made of bone and more.
In the Numizmatika sector you can see Greco-Baktrian coins from the 2th – 3th centuries, Kushon coins from the 1th – 3th centuries, some Sosonid coins  from the 5th century, and Bukhorhudot coins from the 7th – 8th centuries. Also  there are     golden     coins      from      the     Samanid,     Qorahoonid,     Shaibanid, and  Mangusht  dynasties  on  display. There  are  manuscripts  and  books  on display in the mosque which is located inside the fortress Ark. In this exhibition is  an  ancient  Uzbek  language   manuscript  written   in   Arabic  script.  This manuscript  contains  information  about  Bukhara and all of Asia. The  National Decorative - Applied   Art   Museum,   located  in  Mohi-Khossa, was  once  the summer  palace  of  the  Emirs  of  Bukhara.  Here  you  can see artistic golden embroidery,   national   clothes,   Gijduvon   carvings   in   wood   (14th – 20th centuries),  Bukharan  carvings  in copper, and The White Hall -  “Honai Safed” located in the summer palace Mohi-Khossa.
Chinese  and  Japanese  porcelain  collections  which  are  from  the 6th – 19th centuries.  This  complex  contains  a  White Hall – “Honai Safed”  which  is  an excellent example of Bukharan carving in alabaster.
In   Bukhara  there  are  12  different   building   ensembles  on  exhibition:  The “Magoki  Attory” Mosque (12th – 16th century), the Chashmai Ayub” Monument (14th -16th centuries), the “Ulugbek” Madrasah (an ancient religious  school  of the   15th  century),    the   Nodir   Devonbegi”    Honaqoh    (16th century),  the “Kukaldosh”   Madrasah  (a  religious    school    from   the  18th   century),  the “Oybinok”  Mosque  (18th century),  the  “Ibrohim  Ohund”  Madrasa   (another ancient  religious school of the  18th  century),  the   “Karvonsaroy   Kuluta” (old hotel    for   trading   caravans   in   the   16th   century),  and   the   Bahouddin 

Naqshbandi” complex (16th – 20th  centuries).  The  “Bahouddin  Naqshbandi” complex is located just outside of Bukhara. This complex is well-known in many Muslim    countries    because    Bahouddin    Naqshbandi     was    a    famous representative  of  Islam.  This  complex  has  a  museum where you can obtain information     about     the    history    of    this    ensemble.    There    are    also many   Eatern  manuscripts  and  other  valuable  books  and  materials  in  this building.   In   this   museum   you  can   also   see   many  historical  art  works,

 including carving     in    wood,    statues,     ancient     jewelry      and      more.

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