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Visit Nukus, Uzbekistan,
featured in "The Desert of Forbidden Art"

In the heart of the small and, by most accounts, unknown little desert city of Nukus in western Uzbekistan, an exceptional museum of avant garde art grew from one man's need to save Soviet-condemned art from destruction. Capital of the autonomous region of Karakalpakstan, Nukus is at the center of an area crisscrossed by old caravan routes and dotted with ancient ruins.

Since the mid 20th century, it has been the unlikely home of the wonderful Savitsky Musuem of Karakapakstan Art. Before the museum was "discovered," Nukus' main claim to fame was its proximity to the Aral Sea, now a shrunken shadow of its former self.

Explore the "The Desert of Forbidden Art" museum for yourself

MIR specializes in travel to Uzbekistan. We have the expertise to help you make your dream trip to this part of the world a reality, including remote Nukus and the Aral Sea region.

MIR's Seattle-based expert tour specialists craft one-of-a-kind experiences, while our Uzbekistan field office staff builds strong relationships with local community partners to carry them out.

There are several exclusive ways MIR can arrange your exploration of Nukus and its museum:
  • Take a private side-trip while on a MIR small group tour 
    While in Central Asia on a select MIR small group tour, we may be able to offer you a private side-trip from Khiva out to the museum for the day and back. Contact your Tour Specialist at MIR for details.
  • Select a MIR small group tour which features Nukus and the museum:
  • Add a visit to Nukus as a pre- or post-tour option
    If your trip begins or ends in Uzbekistan, MIR can organize travel to Nukus as a private pre- or post-tour. This is an especially seamless option for those traveling on our Essential Uzbekistan independent journey.
  • Travel on a custom, private journey
    Go beyond fixed itineraries and set dates with a custom & private trip designed by our experts. We can do almost anything you can imagine, including journeys to Uzbekistan only, to all the Five 'Stans, or to any combination of them.

About "The Desert of Forbidden Art"

The award-winning documentary, "Desert of Forbidden Art" tells the incredible story of Savitsky's crusade to save a treasure trove of banned Soviet art by creating a museum in the far-off desert of Uzbekistan. Along with the visual splendor of these lost canvases, the film explores the question of how art survives in times of oppression. (view the trailer)

This critically-acclaimed film has earned accolades from the LA Times and KCRW's ArtTalk, and the NY Times recently published a review and an article about it.

Visit the "Desert of Forbidden Art" website for a schedule of upcoming screenings across the U.S. and around the world, as well as a link to purchase a DVD of the movie.

Why MIR?

With 25 years of experience providing exceptional small group, custom and private journeys, MIR has been named as one of National Geographic Adventure's Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth 2008 and 2009.

Let MIR show you why we're one of the best in the region and a preferred operator for museum, alumni and special interest organizations across the country.

Request a Free Catalog or contact a MIR Tour Specialist at 800-424-7289 or email email info @ mircorp.com to start planning your next great adventure.

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