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Amir Timur Museum or Museum of the History of Timurids is a fascinating round-shaped museum specifically established to honor the Mongol warlord Amir Timur. The exhibited collections reflect the history and culture of Uzbekistan, including the epoch of Amir Temur and Temurids.
Amir Timur Museum: History at Its Best
You will be fascinated by the great historical value of the museum collections. In the center of the main exhibition hall, there is a copy of the remarkable holy book of Muslims Osman’s Koran. You will enjoy a magnificent picture made by a group of Uzbek artists reflecting the life of Amir Temur from his birth till death; it was drawn in miniature style. You can see a falling star in the picture, symbolizing the translation of Amir Timur’s name Sohibqiron, meaning “born under a lucky star”. The second part is about the great ruler’s activities, and the last one depicts the last days of Amir Temur’s life, his burial vault. There are also collections about the epoch of Amir Temur and Temurids, subdivided into collections on archeology, architectural de'cor, archeological metal, stone, glass, ethnography, arming tools, manuscripts and miniature.
Having explored the vast collections of Amir Timur Museum, you can continue your trip to Amir Timur Square; these two wonderful attractions are nearby; it takes only two minutes from the museum to the square on foot. Amir Timur Square is a small park in the center of Tashkent city. Right in the center of the square, there is a monument to the commander and founder of a huge medieval empire Amir Timur. The monument is in the form of a bronze figure of Amir Timur with imperial regalia on a reared horse. There are several buildings surrounding this historical square: the “Uzbekistan” Hotel, University of Law (former Women’s Gymnasium), the Amir Timur Museum, well-known Tashkent Chimes and the Forums Palace.
From Amir Timur Square, you can continue your trip to The Forums Palace. Built in 2009, it is a venue to hold important state and international events. It becomes impressive due to its architecture and size; the area covers almost 10,000 m2. The building is outstanding, with its majestic columns and dome, almost reaching 48 m in height. The peak is crowned with figures of storks.
How to Get Tickets?
The museum entrance fee is affordable, 6000 Som for foreigners, 4000 if you're from a CIS country, and either 1000 or 2000 for locals. If you wish to take pictures inside the museum, you need to pay an extra cost. Students are eligible for a discount.
How To Get Around?
Getting around Amir Timur Museum is best on foot. You will enjoy historical items and take a look closer on them.
What Should I Wear?
To have some tours around Amir Timur Museum, there is no fixed dress code that you need to follow. Light fabric such as cotton is a great option. Tee or tank and shorts or jeans will make a great outfit. Wear your sneakers or colorful sandals for your best comfort as you will spend hours on foot.
Best Time to Visit
Amir Timur Museum is open from Tuesday until Sunday. From Tuesday until Saturday, the museum is open from 9 am until 5 pm. On Sunday, it is open from 9 am until 12 am. Most visitors spend an hour to two in the museum. English excursion is available.
Will I Need a Guide?
The museum is relatively easy to explore, however, if you are into history, it is recommended to hire an English speaking guide to provide you information about the museum’s collections and the culture. Amir Timur Museum tour is cheap, about 5000 Soms (slightly more than 1 USD).
How To Get There?
Public transports such as taxi and metro are easy and safe. From Tashkent International Airport, you can take a taxi for your most convenience; it is about 12 kilometers from Amir Timur Museum. However, if you are on a tight budget, you can take metro.
Bring enough cash when you plan to visit the museum. ATMs are widely available in towns and cities.