The State Museum of Turkmenistan or the Sapamurat Turkmenbashi Museum is the State Museum of the State Cultural Centre of Turkmenistan. This is a huge complex, which includes seven permanent galleries. The Museum includes:
- The main building of the State Museum of the State Cultural Centre of Turkmenistan
- The Museum of Ethnography and Local Lore of Turkmenistan
- The Museum of the President of Turkmenistan
- The Museum of Independence of Turkmenistan
- The Museum of Neutrality of Turkmenistan
- The Museum of Constitution of Turkmenistan
The main building of the State Museum of the State Cultural Centre of Turkmenistan is the central building, which is devoted to the history of Turkmenistan. It houses different objects from the past, showcases important historical events in 2 floors with 8 rooms. Here you can get acquainted with the history of the old capital Nisa, learn about the Independence of Turkmenistan, you can see archeological finds from the Middle Ages, admire the Turkmen carpets in the Hall of the Turkmen carpets, etc.
The museum of Ethnography and Local Lore is a three-storey building adjacent to the central building. It was opened in 2009 and is devoted to the nature of Turkmenistan and the ethnography of Turkmen people. Outstanding exhibits that you can come across here are, for example, the Turan tiger exposed in “Amudarya” diorama, the Kunya-Urrgench meteorite, diorama devoted to the Karakum desert, Kalpankyr and lake Sarykamysh and national jewelry, instruments, carpets, clothing, etc.
The Museum of Neutrality is a separate branch of the State National Museum as also the Museum of Independence and Constitution. The museums also have monuments with their corresponding symbols.
And finally the most bizarre part of the museums- the Museum of the President of Turkmenistan. Although you might have been in presidential museums in some other countries, this one is one of a kind and probably the only one which is dedicated only to one person- Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. You can see his photos, the changes he made, the gifts he received, and other exhibits dedicated to his life and work.