In a picturesque part of Samarkand stretched old mansion, built in a mixed style. Outwardly, the building looks like an ordinary brick house in the style of the early XX century, and inside you can see traditional oriental decoration. This is easily explained, because the house was built in the early twentieth century by order of the Russian merchant of European architects, but in the construction and finishing Samarkand craftsmen were engaged.
The Museum of Samarkand is in this house. Its main exhibits are the history and nature of Samarkand region. And the museum's collection of unique items can bet with the funds of larger museums of Uzbekistan, despite its regional status.
Half of the museum devoted to the history of the region, covers the period from the primitive people populated basin Zarafshan, and until our days. And thanks to a small area of the museum, you can quickly move between exposures, dedicated to different eras.
History of the region is represented here with stone tools and ornaments for women from primitive times, ancient pottery and metal Sogdiana (VIII century BC), coins of different eras and rulers, the armor of soldiers, tools of peasants, and many others.
Another part of the department of history are photographs, documents and manuscripts about the life of the region in XIX-XX centuries. It is focused on the development of culture, science and national identity, the revolutionary movements and achievements of the people.
The second-half of museum display is a department of nature. Here is the flora and fauna of the region, geology and paleontology of the edge, a collection of minerals and minerals found in the Samarkand region. The most interesting are the collection of stuffed birds and entomological collection. In addition, the exhibition presents the landscape method, for example, shows the sandy desert, hills, mountains, riparian forest. Also in this section is a stand dedicated to nature protection in Uzbekistan, and in the Samarkand region in particular.
One can only wonder how such a collection fits in such a small building. Visiting this museum gives you a lot of experience and knowledge about this beautiful province.