Friday, September 28, 2012

Failed to impress


A stone face from ancient Tajikistan, in the grounds of the National Museum
To break the hotel room boredom, I made another attempt to visit the National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan this morning. And hey presto, I managed to get in. They had to open it up for me, it doesn't look like they get many visitors, and an old lady with a limp accompanied me, turning on the lights and then off again as I left each room, in the two-storey building. I had to help her up the stairs. As far as museums go, it wasn't anywhere near the standard of exhibits we have in the National Museum in Phnom Penh for example. Not by a very long chalk. The country has many Stone Age to Middle Age archaeological sites but it would appear nothing substantial has made it to the museum. Even their prize exhibit, a 13-metre reclining Buddha was mainly new clay with a hand and one eye being the original pieces. It cost me 20 somoni (the local currency) to get in, that's about $4 - they must've seen me coming. The museum is the prime tourist attraction in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, heaven help them. Everything I've seen here has failed to impress me. Full stop.
The National Museum of Antiquities in Dushanbe

A two headed figure at the museum

The only pieces that can be photographed are outside the museum

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