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.