Any traveler visiting Tashkent has the opportunity to explore several interesting landmarks. The city boasts well-maintained large parks, ancient Eastern architectural monuments, and even enchanting Gothic cathedrals. Art museums also hold a significant place in the list of fascinating spots in the Uzbek capital. Today, we will take a stroll through the Gallery of Fine Arts of Uzbekistan, situated right in the heart of the metropolis.
How to Get There by Metro
he Gallery of Fine Arts of Uzbekistan in Tashkent is located in the very center of the city and is easily accessible from the "Mustakillik maydoni" metro station. The address is 2 Buyuk Turon Street.
The entrance fee for international tourists is 50,000 Uzbekistani soms (as of autumn 2023), and payment is accepted in cash only.
A Stroll Through the Gallery
Opened in 2004, the gallery houses a collection of artistic treasures from the National Bank of the country, which was curated over a period of 10 years before its establishment.
Notable is not only the collection of exhibits but also the building itself, designed with consideration for the national architectural features of ancient cities in Uzbekistan. The main hall of the complex, with its enormous chandelier, is a memorable feature for every visitor to the exhibition space.
The gallery has a total area of 3,500 square meters, featuring 15 exhibition halls, conference space, and a restoration workshop. According to the gallery's website, its collection comprises 1,900 art objects and 2,500 coins. The numismatics exhibition includes examples of currency that were in circulation for several thousand years.
Temporary exhibitions are frequently held in the Gallery of Fine Arts. Currently, several exhibition halls are dedicated to an exposition on the works of architect Alexey Viktorovich Shchusev, known for constructing Lenin's Mausoleum, Kazansky Railway Station, and the Narkomzem Building in Russia. In Tashkent, locals are familiar with his work on the Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre.
As mentioned earlier, the gallery is situated in the heart of Tashkent, making it convenient for travelers to plan further routes in the city, given the abundance of interesting places. The nearest landmark is the Palace of Grand Duke N. K. Romanov, located opposite the main entrance to the gallery.
Have a nice trip!