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of January 5, 1998 No. 3479

About creation of the National museum of Turkmenistan

For the purpose of creation of proper conditions for storage and studying of values of history, archeology, culture, art of Turkmenistan, promoting of achievements of the country for years of independence, and also education of younger generation in the spirit of patriotism and familiarizing of youth with national traditions and ceremonies I decide:

1. Create the National museum of Turkmenistan, having abolished the National museum of history and ethnography of Turkmenistan and the Turkmen state museum of the fine arts.

2. Approve Regulations on the National museum of Turkmenistan and its structure (are applied).

3. Establish the number of staff of the National museum of Turkmenistan in number of 170 people and limit office avtomobiley3 units, including 1 car, 1 cargo vehicle and 1 bus.

4. To the Ministry of Economics and finance of Turkmenistan to allocate necessary financial resources for maintenance of the National museum of Turkmenistan within the assignments provided in the Government budget of Turkmenistan for 1998 on cultural development and mass media.


President of Turkmenistan

Saparmurat Turkmenbashi

Approved by the resolution of the President of Turkmenistan of January 5, 1998 No. 3479

Structure of the National museum of Turkmenistan


Department of scientific work

Department of art and restoration works

Advertizing and publishing department

Department of methodical work

Department of cultural and educational work

Records department and storages of museum values and coordination of work of branches

Department of the fine arts

Department of the nature and study of local lore

Planned finance division

Department of operational and technical service

Administrative department


Approved by the resolution of the President of Turkmenistan of January 5, 1998 No. 3479

Regulations on the National museum of Turkmenistan

1. The national museum of Turkmenistan is the research establishment performing functions on preserving, research and promotion of movable historical and cultural, archaeological and other monuments of the Turkmen people and the people living in the territory of Turkmenistan.

The national museum of Turkmenistan is the central museum of the country of which activities the principles of centralization and coordination of activities of all museums and private collections in Turkmenistan are the cornerstone.

The museum is the methodical center for all state, departmental and public museums of the country giving them practical help.

3. The main objectives of the National museum of Turkmenistan are:

realization of the state policy directed to preserving, studying, exhibiting and promoting of monuments of history, archeology, ethnography, values of material and spiritual culture;

carrying out search and collective work in the country and beyond its limits, for the purpose of identification and acquisition of the objects having the historical, cultural, scientific, art and other value, and also acceptance of such objects in gift from the population;

organization of proper accounting and storage of exhibits of the Museum;

implementation of research activities, carrying out historical, ethnographic, archaeological and other researches, and also scientific expeditions, conferences and seminars;

carrying out scientific and educational and mass work, exhibiting of museum collections, publication of scientific articles and monographs, implementation and realization of souvenirs;

organization of scientific and methodical work, advanced training of staff of the Museum;

establishment and development of communications with the museums of the world, promotion of historical and cultural heritage of the people of Turkmenistan outside the country;

accounting of private collections and control of their movement;

4. For accomplishment of the tasks assigned to it the National museum of Turkmenistan:

performs scientific research, using the latest developments of domestic and world science, on the subject approved with the Supreme Council on science and technology in case of the President of Turkmenistan will organize scientific expeditions and business trips;

studies history of Turkmenistan in the course of its economic, social and cultural development since the most ancient times and so far;

will organize collection of materials for the Museum among the population;

establishes connection with the organizations, the companies and educational institutions on collection of the specified materials;

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