State Museum of history of Timurids is located in the centre of Tashkent. It was opened in 1996 in honour of the 660th anniversary of Amir Temur.
Over 5,000 exhibits provide information on history of Central Asia in details during rule of Amir Temur and his dynasty.
The museum is located in rounded three-storey building with classical dome, typical for eastern architecture.
It is decorated with marble inside. The columns soar up high. Interior is richly decorated with the finest paintings and oriental miniatures. About 20 kg of gold leaf was used during construction of the museum. Crystal chandelier, consisting of 106 000 pendants, is a real work of art.
Murals on the walls tell about the life of the Great Commander. The paintings depict the history of the country from the primitive society to the present day.
Exhibits of the museum
The exhibits are grouped on topics in order to create convenience to the visitors. Among them are manuscripts, telling about Great Commander and his dynasty. Coins from silver and copper with images of Amir Temur’s coat of arms and names of his descendants are also exhibited here.
Fine jewellery, ceramic and copper goods should be mentioned as well. As Amir Temur was great commander, the museum pays special attention to medieval weapons and arms, clothes of military officers and soldiers.
The museum also presents musical instruments of that epoch. Astronomical instruments of the scientist and the ruler Ulugbek represent enormous value. During operation of the museum, archaeologists and historians have also collected information on manuscripts, relating to the Timurids era, from outside of Uzbekistan.
Each year, the museum’s fund enriches with archaeological finds and artefacts, returning from abroad. The museum also has a special room, where gifts of the guests are stored.
The museum’s exhibits have significant historic value. Their ornaments and colours were preserved after over 600 years.