Museums in Almaty
Other Museums in Almaty
Books Museum in Almaty. 94 Kabanbai Batyr St., corner Kunaev St. The museum was founded in 1977. Its expositions show the history of the development of Kazakh written language, book-printing and modern publishing in Kazakhstan. Over 20,000 items are displayed including rare books in the original and plaster cast, manuscripts, modern period editions, book drawings, book-plates, posters, maps, and lay-outs. Open Monday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm. Admission charge
Geological Museum in Almaty. 85 Dostyk Ave., corner Abai Ave. Kazakh Business Center. This unique museum represents a kind of a catacomb of semi-precious stones to which visitors can enter by descending in a lift. Its main exhibit presents collections of the minerals and rocks which occur in Kazakhstan's land. Visitors of all ages will enjoy an interactive computer display demonstrating various geological processes.
The museum also houses a salon selling jewelry made of gems and rock collections. It is a good place for visitors to buy, as souvenirs, jewelry combining the traditions of ancient Kazakh craftsmen and modern design. The museum also arranges five-day geological tours over the Zailiiski Alatau region. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-4 pm. Admission charge.
Nature Museum in Almaty. 28 Shevchenko St. Academy of Science. 1st floor, East side. The Nature museum is a section of the Zoology Research Institute of the Academy of Science . It offers two displays: on paleontology and zoology. The paleontology section features some very interesting exhibits with fossilized skeletons of animals and petrified wood found in the territory of Kazakhstan dating back to early geological epochs.
The collection includes the original fossilized skeletons of dinosaurs, giant rhinoceroses, various species of proboscideans: mastodon, mammoth, elephant; ancient giant pigs; fossils of tortoise and others and will leave the visitor feeling as if he found a Jurassic park.
The display on zoology includes a great variety of birds, mammals, butterflies and other insects, snakes and reptiles inhabiting the Kazakh land. Visitors can discover the wonders of a mountain lake, Central Asia steppe with herds of saiga and tugai thickets (steppe grove) through landscape dioramas. The museum is a delightful place for exploring the natural beauty of Kazakhstan. Open daily 10 am - 4 pm. Admission charge.
The A. Kasteyev State Museum of Fine Arts in Almaty. Operating hours: from 10 am to 6 pm, closed on Mondays. The museum's collection was started in 1935-36, when The Russian Museum and The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts presented nearly 200 works of Russian and West European artists to Kazakhstan. Nowadays the museum's funds contain over 20 000 storage units: paintings, graphics, sculptures, folk arts and crafts, scene paintings, etc. The museum has 14 halls intended for permanent expositions, periodic or mobile exhibitions. Its collections are a fine evidence of arts history of both the East and the West from ancient times to our day.
Archeological Museum of the National Academy of Science of Kazakhstan. 44 Dostyk Ave., corner Zhambyl St. Founded in 1973, the museum has four exposition sections. The exhibits show the evolution of civilization in Kazakhstan's territory from the ancient times till the later Middle Ages. Of special interest is the display of the cave site of the later Middle Ages. Of special interest is the display of the cave site of Karakungur - a memorial of the Andronovo and Begazy-Dandybaevo cultures. The most well represented is the Zhetysu culture: with a model of a funeral chamber from the Beshatyr burial mound.
The gem of the collection is certainly the “Gold Warrior”. It is a figure of a distinguished Skythian warrior dressed in a funeral clothes of gold reconstructed on the basis of fragments found during the excavations of the Issyk burial mound site. It is made of over 4000 gold pieces, many finely decorated with animal motifs, in the so called “Animal Style.” The exhibits show the continuity of Kazakh material culture and traditions.
The museum is located on Dostyk Avenue which, architecturally, is one of the most beautiful streets in the city. The apartment complex accommodating the museum on one of its floors consists of three buildings and is called the “Three Athletes.” In front of the museum, is the Monument to Zhambyl - the famous Kazakh poet. The monument, built in 1997 in honor of the poet's birth, is based on a granite rock with a spring welling out and an old man with a dombra in his hands sitting at its foot. Open week-round, 10 am-5 pm. Admission charge.
Muhtar Auezov Literature Memorial House
The Muhtar Auezov Literature Memorial House is dedicated to the great Kazakh writer and scientist, Muhtar Auezov. It was opened in 1963, with a considerable amount of items donated by Auezov's wife. The venue has seven rooms, featuring family photos, books, documentaries and many other displays depicting the writer's life.
Military History Museum
The Military History Museum exhibits some unique military uniforms and original weapons used by the Kazakhs from different periods throughout its history. Included in its collection are Soviet military items, interesting objects from World Word II and much more.
Source of information:
The guidebook across Kazakhstan . Authors Dagmar Schreiber and Jeremy Tredinnick
Publishing house "Odyssey".2010. The information from this book is given by author Dagmar Schreiber and
the material for this page is taken from the printed edition."Guide to Kazakhstan" ©BAUR Publishing House 2002
An exhibit from a museum of
archeology of name Marghulan
A museum of geology
Museum of history
A. Kasteev monument at a museum
In a museum of geology