The museum began its long history back in 1927 from an ordinary exhibition of products of the national economy, which soon received permanent status. From replenishment of exhibits in 1937 in the palace of Russian diplomat Alexander Polovtsev, the Museum of Handicrafts was opened and only 60 years later, in 1997 it was renamed into the State Museum of Applied Art of Uzbekistan.
In the museum there are more than 7,000 unique examples of applied art dating from the first half of the 19th century to our days. All the richest composition of the museum can be divided into 3 groups: products made in the spirit of ancient traditions; products made in the second half of the XX century, also according to the traditions of ancient masters and works, performed in combination with new trends of contemporary art. The museum is very rich in unique traditional artifacts, the history of which goes back to the distant past. Among them there are a variety of ceramics and cast-iron products, decorated with carvings and paintings, jewelry, skullcaps, all kinds of smooth atlas with patterned gold embroideries, famous Bukhara carpets and many other things that many visitors of the museum come to admire. Also in the museum there are rich collections of porcelain, hand embroidery, gold embroidery and small plastic.
From generation to generation, great craftsmen passed their rich experience to their children and students. Thanks to this, now we have a unique opportunity to touch the priceless monuments of traditional art, the culture and unique creativity of our talented ancestors.