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National History and Ethnology Museum

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Artifacts from local ancient cities

In a newer building, this museum displays artifacts from Merv and Gonur Depe. There is a section on... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
OneAddictedTraveler
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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
A must to see artefacts from Gonur Depe

Found this museum very well organised with artefacts displayed extremely well. We had visited the... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2018
simply-peregrinating
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Burnley, United Kingdom
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1 Komsomolskaya Str, Mary 745400, Turkmenistan
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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...More

2  Thank Retired_Miami
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Reviewed 12 November 2011

I think you really have to be in to the natural history of Turkmenistan to enjoy this place. I was able to do it in about 30 minutes. Whatever you do, do not have a guide take you around the museum......or may never get out!

3  Thank StephenieTheGreat
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In a newer building, this museum displays artifacts from Merv and Gonur Depe. There is a section on ethnic culture. Useless to foreign tourist is the very large displays about the first president of Turkmenistan.

Thank OneAddictedTraveler
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Found this museum very well organised with artefacts displayed extremely well. We had visited the archaeological site of Gonur Depe the previous day and to see the comprehensive collection of amazing things from there really made it for us. There are plenty of good exhibits...More

Thank simply-peregrinating
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Has some information about the area. Skip the bit about the president. Some good exhibits about Merv . You are followed around everywhere not sure why.

Thank Clarky57
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

You need about an hour to visit the museum. The ethnic display is really great, including a small yurt and numerous pieces of the ethnic jewellery. The ancient section is also very good, with items from 6 millennium BC.

1  Thank Elizabeth_and_David
Reviewed 13 April 2018

Nothing spectacular but surely worth a quick visit to see lots of different local stuff concentrated in one place: from animals, to paintings, to maps, and even a nice yurt reconstruction.

Thank ffrige
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Stopped in at the National History and Ethnology Museum in Mary while in the ancient oasis city. It is in a newer over-the-top looking building but is a very well set up museum with lots of great exhibits and a lovely collection that includes artifacts...More

Thank JGDynamo
Reviewed 23 June 2017

This museum has an amazing collection of artefacts from the nearby major archaeological site of Gonur Depe; don't miss it! The building is new, and the exhibits are very well arranged.

Thank LottyToronto
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
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
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
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