Organization - State Museum Applied Art and Handicraft History of Uzbekistan

State Museum Applied Art and Handicraft History of Uzbekistan
Basic Information
English State Museum Applied Art and Handicraft History of Uzbekistan
Local language Государственный музей прикладного искусства и ремесленнической истории Узбекистана
Country Uzbekistan
Category Museum
Domain Knowledge and Practices Concerning Nature and the Universe
Traditional Craftsmanship
Function Identification
Established year 1937

The objectives of the Museum are as follows: collecting, studying, accounting and storage of museum collections, as well as creating scientific papers based on stock material; supporting ICH artisans and carriers; preparing and publishing scientific papers and popular publications; making monographs, collections of articles, albums, guidebooks, catalogs, methodological manuals for schools and universities and museum materials for teaching and educational practice; organizing and conducting research; organizing research expeditions; and popularizing folk art and folklore.


Since 1938, the museum has been located in the former palace of the Russian diplomat A.A.Polovtsev. The restructuring and decoration of the house, built in the 1870s, was carried out in 1896-1904 with the participation of folk masters of ceramics, carving and painting on wood and “ganch” from Tashkent and the Fergana Valley. Since 1960, the museum has existed as the “Permanent Exhibition of Applied Arts”. In 1997, the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers “Permanent Exhibition Hall of Applied Arts” was transferred to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan and transformed into the “Museum of Applied Arts of Uzbekistan”.

On December 20, 2017, by a resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, “Museum of Applied Arts of Uzbekistan” was reorganized into the “State museum applied art and handicraft history of  Uzbekistan”.

Major Activities

The Museum is a repository of collections of folk-decorative art of Uzbekistan. There are more than 7,500 exhibits and about 1,000 exhibits in the museum exposition in its funds.

The fund of the Museum has the following unique collections of applied art – embroidery, gold embroidery, clothing, fabrics, carpets, art prints, ceramics, porcelain, carving and painting on wood, lacquer miniature, musical instruments, jewelry and copper-chased items, carving patterns on ganch and painting. The authors of these works of art are outstanding artists of Uzbekistan who glorified Uzbek history all over the world: Khorezm wood carver Usto Ota Palvanov, Bukhara ganch carver Usto Shirin Murodov, Samarkand master Bolta Zhurayev, Tashkent potter Mukhiddin Rakhimov, master of musical instruments Usmon zufarov and etc.

Contact Information (Organization)
Address 15 Rakatboshi str.,100031, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Tel +998 71 252-13-67

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