Bukhara Museums Tour, Bukhara (Self Guided)

Visiting Bukara’s museums can teach you a lot of fascinating facts about the history, arts and environment of the city and surrounding region. Each museum is housed within a prime architectural gem of the city, which only adds to their value. See the best museums in the city with our Museums Tour.
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Bukhara Museums Tour Map

Guide Name: Bukhara Museums Tour
Guide Location: Uzbekistan » Bukhara (See other walking tours in Bukhara)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: rose
Sadriddin Aini and Jalol Ikromi Museum-Hudjra

1) Sadriddin Aini and Jalol Ikromi Museum-Hudjra

This museum is dedicated to the lives of two exceptional writers of Uzbek and Tajik literature – Sadriddin Ayni and Jalol Ikromi. Ayni lived and worked in the Kukeldash Madrasa at the 16th Century Labi-Haus complex, where the museum is now located.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9 am - 6 pm
Kamoliddin Behzod Fine Arts Museum

2) Kamoliddin Behzod Fine Arts Museum (must see)

This museum contains an impressive collection of fine art works from the 19th and 20th centuries. You can also see ancient jewelry here such gold earrings dating from the first century BCE. The museum is located on Naqshband Street.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9 am - 6 pm
Museum of Wood Carving Art

3) Museum of Wood Carving Art

Open since 1988, the Museum of Wood Carving Art displays all kinds of carved artifacts. Many of these objects are from the heyday of woodcarving in the city during the 16th to 18th centuries. The museum is located in the 17th Century Abdulazizkhan Madrasah on Khodjia Nurobod Street.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm
Zindan, The Emir's Prison

4) Zindan, The Emir's Prison (must see)

Zindan (Persian for “prison”) is an 18th Century jail on Balimanova Street. This prison for those unable to pay their debts even has an underground dungeon. Nowadays you can visit a fascinating museum inside the old prison that tells you the story of crime and punishment in the old times in Bukhara.
The Ark Citadel - The Museum of Local Lore and History

5) The Ark Citadel - The Museum of Local Lore and History (must see)

The Ark is a must-see highlight of your trip to Bukhara. This massive fortress was first built as long ago as the 400s. This defensive structure encompassed the royal courts that long held sway over Bukhara and the surrounding region. It continued to be used as a fortress until it fell to Russia in 1920. Today you can visit a number of museums inside the fortress that tell its unique story.

Operation hours: Thursday - Monday: 9 am - 7 pm; Tuesday: 9 am - 3 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bukhara Museum of Water-Supply History

6) Bukhara Museum of Water-Supply History

This museum tells the unusual story of how Bukhara province supplied itself with water in the last millennium. It displays such items as water skins, ceramic water pipes and more. The museum is housed in the Chashma-I Ayub mausoleum, a 13th Century edifice located within Samanids National Park.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9 am - 6 pm

Walking Tours in Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Create Your Own Walk in Bukhara

Create Your Own Walk in Bukhara

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bukhara is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Bukhara Mosques Tour

Bukhara Mosques Tour

Bukhara is a very important place for the Islam faith, having been at the center of the Muslim world during the golden age of the Samanids. Many mosques here date back centuries, with deep traditions and magnificent architecture. Thanks to its many mosques and madrasas, the historic center of Bukhara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take our tour to see the most captivating mosques in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Bukhara is one of the cities of Uzbekistan and rightfully named a city-museum, with about 140 architectural monuments. Humans have inhabited the region around Bukhara for at least five millennia, and the city has existed for half that time. The mother tongue of the majority of people of Bukhara is Persian. Located on the Silk Road, the city has long served as a center of trade, scholarship,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Bukhara Madrasas Tour

Bukhara Madrasas Tour

Madrasas – or Muslim education and religious centers – are very common in the Islamic world. In Bukhara, many of the madrasas were built centuries ago, and stand as beautiful monuments today. Most of them have a large portal decorated with magnificent multicolor mosaics, among other features. Take our tour to see the most magnificent madrasas in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Bukhara Shopping Tour

Bukhara Shopping Tour

Bukhara has long been a commercial city, having served as an important trading center along the Great Silk Road. The highlights of a shopping trip to the city are the four remaining bazaars, which give a fascinating glimpse into commerce in the city from old times. Each bazaar is located on a crossroads to facilitate passing trade. Nowadays, these bazaars remain important shopping spots that you...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bukhara for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bukhara has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bukhara, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.