National Museum

National Museum information

Location
Ashgabat , Turkmenistan
Address
Archabil şayoli 30
Telephone
+993 12 48 25 90
Prices
admission per museum 28.5M
Opening hours
9am-5pm Wed-Sun
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Looking like a lost palace in the urban desert, the National Museum occupies a striking position in front of the Kopet Dag . It’s actually a collection of three pricey museums – the History Museum , the Nature & Ethnographic Museum and the Presidential Museum . The History Museum is the only one of the three that approaches value for money, so give the others a miss. The lavish Ancient History Hall includes Neolithic tools from western Turkmenistan and relics from the Bronze Age Margiana civilisation, including beautiful amulets, seals, cups and cult paraphernalia. There is also a model of the walled settlement uncovered at Gonur. The Antiquity Hall houses amazing rhytons – horn-shaped vessels of intricately carved ivory used for Zoroastrian rituals and official occasions.