Amir Temur Museum of Shahrisabz



History of the museum

In the ancient time Shahrisabz was called as Nautaka by historians and geographers, in the Middle Ages it was called as Kesh. Such names as “Dilkash”, “Kubbatul ilm va adab” are frequent in the written source. During the independence years (1996) the museum of the material culture’s history was created because of local educated representatives’ initiative in honor of the 660th anniversary of the great commander Amir Timur, in which fund there are more than 21000 antic works of art. The main aim of the museum is a study of the history of cultural development of Shahrisabz from ancient to present days.

Ancient and holy country of Shahrisabz is a sacred place. Ancestries of such great figures as Khisrav Dekhlavi, Mirza Bedil, Mirza Golib lived on this land. But no doubt this land was famous most of all by the great commander Amir Timur.





Museum exposition is located in the closed 2-story building created in XIV-XVI centuries of the Chubin madrasah complex and in the terrace of mosque. The exposition on the 1st floor is named as “Shahrisabz is a coeval of Avesta”. The exposition shows a period of the 1st town and 1st Homo sapiens of the Central Asia and development period till XIV century. There are such displays as world-known ossuaries with prophet Zaratushtra image, idols’ statuette, earthenware crockery set of ancient period in the exposition. There is e moving of the town to a new place ( of IX-XI centuries), Amir Temur and the Temurids’ dynasty, art of architectural monuments’ decoration in the Temurids’ epoch, recoveries of mosaic and majolica, art of Islam and the Koran books, painted earthenware crockery of Temurids’ period and Shahrisabz ethnography, overall model of the town of Temurids’ epoch on the 1st floor.

There are recoveries of tomb stones of Temurids’ epoch made as work of high art, work recoveries of stonemasons and wood engraving (wood engraving door of XIV century made for Shamsiddin Kulol’s tomb) and large earthenware pitcher in the terrace exposition.



Direction of the museum: M. Nabi Xushvaqtov

Staff: 31 among whom 16 are research workers



Amir Temur Museum

Kashkadarya district,
Buyuk Ipak Yuli street, house 3,

madrasah Chubin.
Phone : 8 375 522-08-37
Cel : 8 375 527-59-62



Slides of the museum : at the bottom of the french page