Visiting the Museum
At present moment the museum is located in two buildings.
The museum exhibitions consist of the Ancient Art, the Applied Folk Arts of Karakalpaks, the Uzbek and the Russian paintings of the 1920-1930s, as well as the contemporary art of Karakalpakstan.
The exhibitions address: K. Rzaev Street, Nukus, Republic of Karakalpakstan, 230100 (Functioning every day)
The additional exhibition of paintings and graphics which was earlier located on the second floor of the Museum of local Historical Studies has been partly moved into the new building and partly into the depositary. The Museum of local Historical Studies is closed because of its expected destruction.
The museum funds and archive are located in: Dosliq Avenue, 115, Nukus, Republic of Karakalpakstan, 230100
K. Rzaev Street,
Tel: +998 61 222 2556
Museum Administration and Archive:
Dosliq Avenue 127,
Monday-Friday: 09.00 - 13.00 and 14.00 - 17.00 (closed 13.00 - 14.00)
Saturday-Sunday: 10.00 - 16.00
|Foreign Visitors - Each|
|Entrance Fee||Guided Tour|
|Adults||15,000 soums||10,000 soums|
|Students||10,000 soums||5,000 soums|
|Children||7,000 soums||5,000 soums|
|Groups 4-10 people||15,000 soums (each)||50,000 soums|
|Groups 11-20 people||15,000 soums (each)||100,000 soums|
|Citizens of Uzbekistan|
|Entrance Fee||Guided Tour|
|Adults||3,500 soums||3,500 soums|
|Students||2,500 soums||2,500 soums|
|Children||1,000 soums||1,000 soums|
Photography and video filming of the museum’s collection is permitted, subject to the following fee schedule.
|Still Photography||Video (per day)
|Foreign visitors||75,000 soums||200,000 soums|
|Foreign visitors||1,000,000 soums per day (1,500,000 with Archives included)|
Visiting the Archives and Library
|Foreign visitors||300,000 soums per day|
|Citizens of Uzbekistan||5,000 soums per day|
|Foreign visitors||10,000 soums per day|
For further information about Karakalpakstan:
Uzbekistan Airways flies from Tashkent to Nukus roundtrip twice daily leaving Tashkent at 7:00 a.m. (2 3/4 hours by AN-24 propeller aircraft) and at 5:30 p.m. (1 3/4 hours by TU-154 jet). Returning from Nukus at 10:45 a.m. (AN-24) and at 8:30 p.m (TU-154). The roundtrip airfare is approximately $200 USD.
A day trip leaving Tashkent at 7:00 a.m. and returning from Nukus at 8:30 a.m. pemits a comfortable 6-7 hours at the Museum. (Allow an extra 2-3 hours for visits elsewhere in Nukus or environs.) Please note that these flight times and airfares are subject to change.
A day trip leaving Tashkent at 7:00 a.m. and returning from Nukus at 8:30 a.m. pemits a comfortable 6-7 hours at the Museum. (Allow an extra 2-3 hours for visits elsewhere in Nulkus or environs.)
Nukus is also accessible by car – for example, a 2.5 - 3 hour drive from Khiva/Urgench across the Amu Darya river - and is an interesting 1 day add-on trip from Khiva/Urgench. The road trip also permits a viewing of selected Khorezm archeological sites.
For those interested and with additional time, and with suitable advance notice, the Museum can arrange separate excursions: (a) to the remains of ancient Mizdakhan (19 km west of Nukus) - once the 2nd largest city in Khorezm - for which 2-3 hours is appropriate; and (b) to Moynaq, including its museum and the ship cemetery (210 km north of Nukus) - as late as the 1960s, Moynaq a significant fishing port and seaside resort on the Aral Sea, but is now more than 150 kilometres from its receding shore - for which 6-7 hours is needed.
With suitable advance notice, the Museum can also arrange basic bed and breakfast accommodation at a nearby small private guest house (Zhibek Zholy or Silk Road), which is located about 500 metres walking distance.