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Impressive frescoes

Interesting film explaining frescoes and then see the real thing. Very good as is the rest of the... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Paul B
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
A rare gem

The 7th century fresco of King Varkoumian is the star attraction here; it does for the Sogdians... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Phil G
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Toshkent yo'li, Samarkand 140164, Uzbekistan
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Reviewed 5 October 2018

The museum is small and contains a variety of artifacts. The most spectacular is four walls of mosaics from the palace. But be sure to view the video before visiting the frescos as it makes it much more understandable.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 29 September 2018

After lunch at Osh Markazi, our guide brought our group to this 1970 Museum. It sits at the edge of a ruins where Genghis Khan destroyed a large city in the early 13th C. An archaeological dig discovered these impressive frescoes which had decorated a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

The museum, although very small, had some amazing murals. Part of the images were just stunning. I don't know if they were original or not! There was very little English information. Also there was a large group of French tourists. So I couldn't ask any...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Since we had a guide the mural in its own room was FABULOUS! because it was explained to us. To cut this off walls and save what they did, is, by itself fantastic. Go in the next room to see the video.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank jwhitehouse
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Interesting film explaining frescoes and then see the real thing. Very good as is the rest of the museum

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Paul B
Reviewed 25 September 2017

While there are two floors to this museum, the first gives a good history of Samarkand and the Afrasiyab location if you take the time to read the plaques on the walls as you go around, while hiring a guide keeps your attention from them....More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Who M
Reviewed 1 May 2017

The 7th century fresco of King Varkoumian is the star attraction here; it does for the Sogdians what the Bayeux tapestry does for the Normans. It absolutely justifies the trip to the northern fringes of the city centre. A short, useful contextual film in English...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Phil G
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Most European visitors arrive as part of an organised tour and might well miss this small gem of a museum as it is tucked away from the main tourist attractions. The exhibits do not have much by way of explanation for the English speaking and...More

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank sgporteruk
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Well worth putting up with being followed around the museum just to see the 4 walled relief. The short video explaining its significance was interesting. A real insight into the history of the region.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank 424jog
Reviewed 16 October 2016

The exceptional so-called Ambassadors' Painting, is a must. This is an example of Sogdian art only discovered in the1960s. The video which explains the painting is a must. Some of the other exhibits are interesting as they cover Alexander the Great to difformed skulls perhaps...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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