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Nukus is the capital city of the autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan, which is part of Uzbekistan. It is located in the western part of Uzbekistan, near the Aral Sea. The Amu Darya river passes west of the city. The city is known for its fascinating, yet tragic, history and for its impressive art museum.

Nukus is home to the Karakalpak State Museum of Art, which houses a significant collection of Russian avant-garde art and a remarkable display of Karakalpak folk art and artifacts. The museum’s most famous exhibit is the renowned Savitsky Collection, featuring over 90,000 artworks, many of which were saved and preserved by artist Igor Savitsky during the Soviet era. 

Beyond its artistic treasures, Nukus boasts a rich history and a unique local culture. The city is the gateway to exploring the traditions and lifestyle of the Karakalpak people, who have inhabited the region for centuries. Their customs, clothing, and handicrafts can be experienced through local markets and cultural festivals.

Visitors can learn about the ecological and economic impact of this environmental crisis by visiting the Karakalpakstan Ecological Museum, located in the city. It’s a sobering reminder of the importance of environmental awareness and preservation.