National Museum of Antiquities

National Museum of Antiquities

National Museum of Antiquities
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Adventurers049
Brisbane, Australia3,379 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
This is a good museum that gives one an excellent insight into the lives of people in the past.
The displays were very good and interesting.
Written 30 August 2023
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KatielouAustralia
Hobart, Australia1,734 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
Home to the UNESCO-protected reclining Buddha – the largest statue of Buddha in Central Asia. It is 13 meters long and weighs over 5 tonnes. The statue was found in 1961 during the excavations in the town of Ajina-Tepe, a Buddhist monastery, in the south of Tajikistan. There is also a good collection of archeological artifacts from around Tajikistan.
Written 8 July 2023
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Madan Gopal M
Bengaluru, India4,629 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
Outstanding Museum showcasing the age old civilization, prehistoric times and cultural heritage. Right from Greco Bacterian sites to Sogdian murals and rare small ivory images of Alexander, this Museum reflects the best and brightest in the history of this wonderful country. A 14mt long statue of sleeping Buddha from Adjina Tepe hills excavated in mid 1960s dating from Kushana era, 1500 hundred years ago is stunningly beautiful. One needs to spend atleast half a day to appreciate and understand all the national ethos and richness of this country in all aspects. There is admission ticket to enter the Museum. Photographs are allowed.
Written 7 November 2022
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InTheDesert2014
Townsville, Australia184 contributions
May 2021
I visited unfortunately on National Museum Day however the museum ladies were very helpful and quickly arranged access for me despite the museum being closed until 11am that day. I was so very grateful! These English speaking ladies also helped out with the shoe covers and any enquiries i had.
The museum is small however has a treasure trove of Sogdian remnants, wall murals and artefacts from Alexander the Great. The reclining buddha in this museum is the original. It took me about an hour to wander around and i thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits from the quirky to the magnificent.
Entrance fee was around USD5. I didnt see a museum shop which was a shame.
Written 28 May 2021
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,769 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
This is not a big museum and the only attraction in. My opinion is the huge statue of the Buddha. Hence, visit only if you have the time.
Written 31 May 2020
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Andrew M
7,280 contributions
Aug 2019
This museum is easily reached by taking trolleybus 2 to the Opera House bus stop on Rudaki Avenue. After getting off the bus, cross the road and walk west on Academics Rajabov Street. The museum is in a white Soviet era building on the right. Entrance fees are 50 somoni for foreigners and 5 somoni for locals. Before entering the museum, the attendants will request that you place "shoe covers" over your footwear. The museum exhibits are on two floors.

The lower floor has exhibits on the stone age and bronze age. In this section was an interesting map of archaeological sites in Dushanbe, and the periods which related to the discoveries. Another interesting display, was a map of the route which Alexander the Great took through Tajikistan (Bactria). We had visited Takhiti Sangin (Temple of Stone) in southern Tajikistan, so were very interested in the items on display here, as they were all original pieces removed from the site. We were also pleasantly surprised that English explanations were available.

Exhibits from the Kushan period were very good. The Kushan Empire was responsible for the spread of Buddhism in this region, and we thought that these displays were also well done. They included burial urns and petroglyphs. Our favourite area was the "sleeping buddha" display from Ajina Teppa. We had visited this area in southern Tajikistan a few days before, and were very impressed with the quality and detail of the exhibits. Most of the displays were badly damaged during the arab invasion of the site in the 7th century, but quite a few pieces were still in good condition.

The beautiful murals which hung in the passageway seemed to have been taken from ancient wall displays. The final exhibits were of decorated bowls and stones with Persian script. We thought that this was a great museum, but we probably appreciated the exhibits more than the typical visitor, as we had toured southern Tajikistan extensively, and visited many archaeological sites. We had also visited Buddhist sites in Termez, Uzbekistan and Merv, Turkmenistan. The museum is expensive when compared to other attractions in town, but if you are interested in history, and original artifacts, this is a must see.

After visiting the museum, walk back to the main road to view the Opera House and the Alisher Navoi Park which is nearby. If you walk to the right on Rudaki Avenue, the Ayni sculpture can be viewed, and if you walk to the left, the Mahatma Gandhi bust can be visited on Bukhoro Street.
Written 17 November 2019
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Stephen L
Cambridge, UK507 contributions
Sept 2019
Houses a great collection of central Asian history and artefacts. Don't miss the large reclining Buddha and Alexander the Great figurine.
Written 26 September 2019
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Martin J
Levice, Slovakia544 contributions
Aug 2019
Main attraction is a big Buddha statue and that's all. Tickets are overpriced mainly for foreigners.
Written 31 August 2019
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Teresa C
Metro Manila, Philippines1,541 contributions
May 2019 • Business
Because Tajikistan was the cross roads during Silk Road times, many archaeological digs discovered much about past residents and visitors. Check out the dug up 'Princess' from Panjiken and the reclining Buddha. Astonishing,
Written 14 May 2019
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Mary T
Buenos Aires, Argentina2,728 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
And there are plenty of other interesting items, like articles from the time of Alexander the Great, murals and wood carvings from Pendjikent, ceramics, petroglyphs, and more. This is a small older establishment and not a high budget affair like the National Museum. But it is at least as interesting in its way.
Written 10 May 2019
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