TERMEZ ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
At the initiative of the first President Islam Karimov due to the 2500th anniversary of the city of Termez in 2002, the Archaeological Museum was built and opened. The head of our state personally took part in the opening of the first and only archaeological museum in Central Asia. Today its funds number more than 76 thousand exhibits, more than 5 thousand of which are exhibited in the demonstration halls. They tell about the history of the region, starting from 100 thousand years BC and up to the XIX century. The display of these exhibits with the effective use of modern information and communication technologies is carried out with great success for compatriots, most of whom are representatives of the younger generation, as well as foreign guests.
As a result of the archaeological excavations and scientific research conducted continuously in the southern region, the number of museum exhibits is steadily growing. If in 2002 there were 27247, then in 2014 this figure reached the level of 83512 pieces. In recent years, the number of exhibits has more than doubled in comparison with the year of discovery and is now more than 83,000. Of these, 56,605 are archaeological, 25,656 pieces are a collection of numismatics. Among them there are 1000 unique museum relics of world significance.
Such rapid growth is explained by the intensive work of numerous domestic and international archaeological expeditions. The most famous among them are the Tokharistan complex scientific expedition led by Academician E. Rtveladze, Uzbek-Japanese, Uzbek-German, Uzbek-French and Uzbek-Russian expeditions.
The museum has a scientific library with a modern reading room, with over 17,000 volumes of valuable books on archeology and history, as well as a conference hall. In addition, there are specially equipped halls for displaying precious metals, stones and a hall for exhibitions. In the exhibition hall, various exhibitions are held on the results of archaeological research conducted in the Surkhandarya region. There are also numerous art exhibitions of local artists dedicated to various historical cultural events. There is a gallery of columns in the courtyard of the museum dating back to the 1st century BC. - III century AD. And also there are ceramic water pipes of the I century BC. - X century AD, huma of the I century AD - XII century AD, tombstone inscription on the marble of the XIV-XV century, a unique example of the Ashok culture, the Kushan period, a capitol depicting a lion I-III AD.
During his visit on August 25, 2009 to Surkhandarya region, the first President of the country Islam Karimov suggested to create own website of the region and the museum of archeology on the Internet. Now the website of the museum is created. It’s reflecting the ancient and modern history of the region and through the educational portal Ziyonet its services can be used by anyone.
In addition, the museum actively participates in republican international exhibitions. For example, in 2008, 32 local exhibits relating to Buddhist culture were demonstrated with great success in museums of 8 Japanese cities.
Annually, about 50 thousand people visit the museum's exhibition halls. And in 2007, under the Termez Archaeological Museum, a branch of the Scientific Center for the Archaeological Study of “Fayaz-Tepa” settlement was opened.
Currently, there 62 collaborators works at the museum. Of them, 21 are scientific workers, including 3 candidates of historical sciences and 1 professor of the international scientific academy "Antik World".
The scientific staff of the museum takes an active part in archaeological excavations. In particular, the senior scientific staff of the museum Candidate of Historical Science T.Annayev, Candidate of Historical Science Z. Khalikov and deputy director of the museum Z. Alimardanova participates in the scientific expedition of the Institute of Archeology and the Institute of Art Science of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Old Termez.