Ashgabat National Museum of History
The Ashgabat National Museum of History is a history museum in Ashgabat, the capital city of Turkmenistan. It contains over 500,000 exhibits particularly archaeological and ethnographical finds throughout the country including rare works of ancient art, paintings, drawings, sculptures, carpets, rugs, fabrics and clothing; household utensils, musical instruments, weapons, jewelry, medals, historical documents, horn-shaped vessels made of ivory, statuettes of Parthian goddesses and colourful Buddhist vases.
The museum was opened on the 24th of October 1994. This museum has a large, impressive collection of antique carpets, carpet articles (chuvals, khurjuns, torba etc.) and also two first biggest carpets, made in Turkmenistan - 18 m by 11,5 m, total area 192 square m. and 20 m by 13 m, 266 square m.
Museum of the Nature Reserve
The Museum of the Nature Reserve has been functioning since 1948. The collection of the 70 copies of butterflies of the reserve, 22 copies of beetles, including Anthia mannerheimi are exhibited in the museum. The exhibition of venomous Arachnida includes 5 copies, an exhibition of snakes consists of 9 copies, including Middle Asian cobra. The exposition of the other reptiles includes 14 copies, including the biogroup with monitor lizard. The birds in the museum are of 77 copies, represented by the expositions and biogroups. In the biogroup mammals are represented in 14 copies and 11 species.