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Category Archive: Art & Culture

Museum of Archeology Khujand

Explore the history of Tajikistan, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of traditional and Asian works and discover the largest permanent collection of Tajikistan right in the heart of Khujand City.

The modern building of a museum simulates only external shape of a medieval fortress. The basic part of collection funds is made with archeologic collections and the funds received during works in the territory of Khudjand of North-Tadjik archeologic complex expedition AN Tajikistan SSR in 1954 – 1986.The exposition represents a life of the population of a fortress to the most various epoch, since the period of its construction in VI – V centuries BC. The exposition represents a life of the population of a fortress to the most various epoch, since the period of its construction in VI – V centuries BC. The part of an exposition is devoted to the medieval history of a fortress. It tells about culture and employment of city dwellers, representing samples of medieval ceramics and utensils, fragments of decorative elements of architectural constructions, glass products, and tomb monuments with inscriptions.

Gurminj Museum

Looking for an interesting and funny place, full immersion in the musical culture of Asia, visit Gurminj Museum.

There are traditional music instruments from Badakhshan and other regions of Tajikistan, as well as the ones from other countries. Gurminj Museum hosts concerts, rehearsals, jam sessions and does sound recording/mixing/mastering. Tourists, who wish, may play on the most exotic musical instruments. Request a live music and enjoy it.

National Museum

It is hard to say though that Dushanbe is full of sightseeing places, this one day should enough see the most significant of them. Start your excursion in Dushanbe with a visit to the National Museum of Tajikistan. The museum consists of 22 big and small exposition halls. Make sure to see the legendary exhibit – Buddha in nirvana.

This 30-meter statue was created around 1600 years ago and is one of the biggest clay statues of deities in the world. The restoration of the sleeping Buddha took two years.
This exposition department of nature, antiquity and the Middle Ages, new and modern history, fine and applied arts. The museum has a research department, where there are departments of written heritage, and new departments of archeology and numismatics in the museum activity of Tajikistan.
The Legendary Exhibit – Buddha in Nirvana
An international department has been established for cooperation with foreign organizations. In addition, there is a stock department, an accounting department, and a restoration department. The exposition area of the National Museum of Tajikistan is 15 thousand square meters.
The musical instruments museum created from the private collection of GurmindjZavkibekov, the People’s artist of the Republic of Tajikistan, is also of high interest, as it has a collection of over 200 different exhibits from all around Asia. There you can see valuable instruments like Shah-setar, an instrument made of mulberry tree aging more than 100 years; Kashgarsetar inlaid with ivory bone; tanburKumri from a holy place in the Bartang region, preserved and carefully restored by the owner of the museum and other interesting musical instruments.


If you want to understand what makes Tajikistan tick, visit museums wherever you go. Finding out the why, where, how and who in any town or city adds an extra layer to your travel experience. In Tajikistan, museums provide an educational insight of our culture, history and untold legends


Art galleries are the window to Tajikistan’s soul. They reflect something of where we’ve been and where we’re going and there are hundreds to explore.

In major public art galleries – found in Dushanbe, Khujand, Khorugh, – you can browse historic collections that take you back to the 1800s when the country was undergoing its most significant transformation. Modern works are also featured – keep an eye out for works most acclaimed contemporary artists. Public galleries focus on regional artists, but they also have impressive national and international collections.
Dealer galleries can be found throughout the country, and they represent a chance to take home an enduring reminder of your Tajikistan holiday. Most galleries are more than happy to arrange safe shipping for your treasure. You should also look for road signs advertising artists’ studios – you’ll get to meet the artist and you might have the chance to watch art in the making.

Artist’s Colony

The Artist Colony is a gem and the wish of every tourist to visit it. Usually, the artists are there around, who you may spend your time wit. They are pleased to speak with tourists and show them their works. It’s a working studio, where most of the artists are busy creating new artwork. There are woodworkers, painters, sculptors and etc.

Gallery Modern Art of Tajikistan

Currently, the “Gallery Modern Art of Tajikistan” has in the exposition more than 500 works of art of various Tajik artists, such as Mamatkulov Yan, Igor Ivanov, Negmatzade Farrukh, Mihtojev Daler, Mehri Nasyrova, Ahmedov Rahim, etc.

Nur Art Gallery

Exclusive artworks, paintings, sculptures & jewelry by Nur. Noor Art Gallery located at the Hyatt Regency Dushanbe Hotel. Noor Art Gallery exhibits one of the most distinguished public art collections in Dushanbe. Its displays include the works of Tajikistan’s prominent masters.

Khujand Museum

 The Historical Museum of Sughd is a regional history museum in Khujand, Tajikistan. It has a wide range of artifacts related to the history of the Sughd region of Tajikistan.

Khujand Fortress

See the castle which throughout the whole history of Khujand, was considered city’s heart.  Over 2,500 years, the Khujand fortress expanded together with the city, which always continued to be a symbol of endurance of the people.

Archaeological excavations have revealed that the first fortress was built in the VI-V centuries BC, and consisted of an artificial embankment gradually developed into a thick wall of natural clay. Moreover, in addition to the fortress, there was a city wall occupying 20 hectares. Along the walls, there were deep moats filled with water.
During the heyday of the Great Silk Road Khujand fortress was rebuilt and the city wall as well. By that particular time, the Khujand fortress was considered one of the most inaccessible fortresses in Central Asia.
However, the fortress was fated to fall under the onslaught of the Genghis Khan’s army. In the period from 1219 to 1220 Khujand was under a siege, the number of invaders, at that, exceeded 25,000,000 people, excluding 50,000 captives, intended for work. Some historians argue that the fortress was rebuilt in the XV century, while others believe that the reconstruction began soon after the siege. However, nowadays, the Khujand fortress is the remains of walls and gates, as well as a territory of archaeological digs of the first wall foundation.All in all, the museum fund consists of 1200 exhibits, most of which are available to visitors.