The Museum of Communication History
It is an interesting modern museum, the exhibits of which show the history of communications between people and nations from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Uzbek Agency for Communication and Information initiated the construction of the museum under the financial auspices of communication agencies. It is a modern three-storey building which contains all the achievements and stages of development of communication technologies in Uzbekistan. Many of valuable items were provided by private persons.
The visitors of the museum can see the complete evolution of postal services, step by step, going up from the ground floor to the second floor. It starts with a mail wagon (araba) which was being used for distribution of mail during several centuries.
The “Uzbekiston pochtasi” stand will tell you about the way the message transfer was carried out in Middle Ages. You can see the models of fortresses with signal fires built in the days of Timurides’ reign, messenger-pigeons and also you will see how the garments and tools used by postmen were changing from that time to the present day. There are also labels and seals used in the early last century and in the century before last.
The exposition of the museum shows very interesting things: for example, a cellular telephone made in 1992. The President of Uzbekistan was the first in the Republic who spoke on it. This day on August 26 is deemed to be a start of cellular communication development in Uzbekistan.
The stand displaying the development of telecommunication is always of big interest to visitors. The exposition demonstrates the models of telephones that were used in our country from the beginning of the 20th century. Despite the fact that many of them are more than 60 years old, all of them are connected to the telephone line and anyone may use them. Another noticeable museum exhibit is a collection of postage stamps having been issued in Uzbekistan since independence, as well as postcards and greeting-cards dated early 19th century.
The history of television development in Uzbekistan occupies a special place in the exhibition. On the stands you can also see the transmitting equipment and TV-sets that performed transmission and receipt of TV signal.
In this museum, one can handle the exhibits, make a call on the antique phones (though they can cover the distance of a few meters), ask the guide questions that will be kindly answered, and take pictures.
Working hours: 10:00 – 17:00