This is located in an enchanting building that, like Leighton House in London, was constructed in ‘oriental style’ (with discreet modern conveniences). It was originally the home of Alexander Polovtsev, a wealthy Russian diplomat and businessman who lived in Tashkent before the 1917 Revolution. He had a passion for traditional Uzbek culture and art and in this house he created a showcase for the finest examples of local craftsmanship such as intricate carvings in ganch a (type of alabaster), magnificent ornamental murals and superbly deorated wooden doors and pillars. In 1927, local master craftsmen appropriated the house as a venue for their own displays of wood carving, brass engraving, embroidery, carpet-making, pottery and other creations. In 1937 it was officially designated the Museum of Handicraft Art. It was renamed in 1960 and established the core of a permanent collection. It acquired its present name in 1997 and since then has continued to expand its holdings of masterpieces of Uzbek decorative and applied arts. Today, it has examples from virtually every region of the country, dating from the 19th century to the present ‒ a unique record of this aspect of Uzbek culture.

Address: 5 Rakatboshi Street, Tashkent 100031

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