Museum of History
Museum of History Mary Reviews
Nov 09, 2006
One of the few modern creations in Turkmenistan worth anyone's time is the Museum in Mary, which has an excellent exhibit on a lot of the finds from ancient Merv, as well as some more modern ethnographic stuff. When you enter the building there is a very helpful 3-D model of the cities of Merv. It really helped to see it all laid out to understand what we had seen at the ruins.
The museum also has some really nice examples of ancient pottery from the different stages, as well as little figurines that our children loved to look at. An attendant will walk in front of you turning on the lights to each room as you walk in, and another lady will walk behind you turning the lights off. It kind of reminds you of the escalator police in the Moscow Metro. But these ladies were at least really nice to us.
Upstairs is a nice Turkmen carpet collection, and a really interesting collection of traditional Turkmen outfits. The kids had an especially good time looking at all the wedding outfits full of coins.
So, if you happen to be in the neighborhood, make sure you stop by this little Museum, not far from the train station in the central park!
Part of the Afghanistan,Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan Nov 2006 travel blog
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