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National History and Ethnology Museum

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Address: 1 Komsomolskaya Str, Mary 745400, Turkmenistan

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This museum features a large display about the current president of Turkmenistan and has a lot of historical material as well. This is usually one of the tourist stops on the way... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

This museum features a large display about the current president of Turkmenistan and has a lot of historical material as well. This is usually one of the tourist stops on the way to Merv.

Thank bobca1947
Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016

Interesting but no exceptional museum if in Mary. Seen that foreigners are massively charged you may prefer to keep the entrance fee for the (very expensive) National Museum in Ashgabat...

Thank incahueca
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

We found this museum to be lacking of anything interesting regarding the Turkmenistan culture. If you want to "kill" and hour looking at exhibits that do not enlighten you and just rehash what you have seen in other museums around the world, then visit this.

Thank stevesol6718
Moscow, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 772 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2015

Lovely museum, more on an average side if you don't take the shiny new building into consideration. The entrance fee is quite steep here as well, but if I remember correctly, it was possible to pay it in the local currency here. I liked the etnographic part, that was interesting with some nice displays. Also be prepared to be almost... More 

Thank Tinde_K
Aalborg, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2015

Worth a visit. Interesting to see how this new nation sees it self and wants to be seen. It is by far an easy job to do. But they do a nice job with a broad view.

Thank Torsten B
Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 26 October 2014

Everything is first class here, but why wouldn't it be, not in the city that doesn't sleep at night like NY, but in the country that has so much money, they build it because they can! The ancient objects and displays are spectacular. The $20 fee to take pictures is insane. Definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed 24 September 2014 via mobile

This museum is a Majestic and big building.You will not miss it.Your guide will take you to the museum and you will spend time here.

Thank SE s
Monte Real, Portugal
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

Nice people, nobody speaks English. Anyway I made some question about local ancient traditions related to some objects in the museum and they did their best to understand me and to explain me. I read somewhere that it was open on Sundays, but it wasn't on 27/7/2014. The ticket price for turist is 15 manat (about 5 dollars) (and you... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

This is well worth the visit in order to see the important artifacts found at Merv, such as the remarkable "rhytons" (drinking horns) carved from elephant tusks. Also the ethnology section is well displayed. (Some other sections may give you a giggle...)

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Reviewed 27 June 2013

it is good for study about merv ancient but it have Extra stuff and Unrelated things. the building is stylish and glory

1 Thank mohsen1

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