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A really important museum to see

This is regrettably not recommended by tour agents as they prefer you to go to the bazaars! This... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
2012sunilmumbai
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
via mobile
Only for history buffs

If you are not interested in central Asia history or archaeology then this place is not for you... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
DanielJackman
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London, United Kingdom
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The site of an ancient settlement that existed more than two thousand years ago.
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good29%
  • Average30%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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“old city” (3 reviews)
“small museum” (2 reviews)
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is regrettably not recommended by tour agents as they prefer you to go to the bazaars! This museum is small but has an incredibly well laid out series of exhibits. Most important, they have an excellent ten minute documentary film in English which is...More

Thank 2012sunilmumbai
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are not interested in central Asia history or archaeology then this place is not for you. The surviving frescoes from the Sogdian era are incredible and one can only imagine what they must have looked like in their pomp. Get a taxi here...More

Thank DanielJackman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Samarkand from tashkent in this train and was one of the most beautiful experiences to have. It saved almost half of the time as compared to taxi. The services were really good in the train. The outside view kept us busy the whole...More

Thank Doctor S
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

The museum is a fair walk from most other sights and the main city but the central fresco is a must see, worn but beautiful.

Thank Balmirals100
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Afrasiab is the ancient name of Samarkand and the museum of history of the city is also called with this name. You may not like it if you are not a lover of history, The museums has originnal frescos of 6-7th centuries and some ossuaries...More

Thank Beeckk7888
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This was a last minute inclusion by our guide and we are thankful she took us there. Hard to imagine the history of this area. There is a AV presentation that is a must see.

1  Thank Ozland_27
Reviewed 23 June 2017

This site of ancient Samarkand has not been subjected to restoration, and is a lovely bucolic spot, with great views over the modern city and distant mountains, and with a few sheep and cattle placidly grazing. The small on-site museum houses the great find of...More

1  Thank LottyToronto
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Very nicely done small musuem depicting 7th century civilisation in Samarkand. Amazing restoration of wall paintings showing early ambassador visits to city, and relationships with nearby and far east representatives

Thank cleo01paw
Reviewed 18 May 2017

The museum presents evidence of a seventh century civilization in Samarkand. See the movie first. Without it, it is difficult to get any value out of the exhibits.

Thank wardnick1
Reviewed 26 April 2017

The museum is small, but its subject, the archeological finds in the old city of Afrasiab, is extremely interesting. There is very little left of pre-islamic art in Uzbekistan and we found that this is be the best place in the country to appreciate it....More

1  Thank Vijgeblad
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