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National Central State Museum in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Central State Museum of Kazakhstan.

Working hours:
09:30 - 17:30 (ticket office: 09:30 - 17:00), Tuesday - day off, non working day.

This museum is considered to be one of the largest and most significant in the territory of Central Asia. Its history goes back almost a hundred years and dates back to the opening of the museum in Almaty.
In 1831 in Orenburg, which was then the capital of the Kyrgyz Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, the museum was founded, called the Museum of the Orenburg Territory. When the capital of the republic was moved to Kyzyl-Orda, the museum moved to a new capital. The last move took place in Alma-Ata, where the museum is located now.
The opening of the museum took place in 1931. The original location was the Holy Ascension Cathedral. The museum’s exposition was based on exhibits from the funds of the Anti-Religious Museum of the Republic, as well as the Museum of the Semirechensk Region and the Orenburg Museum.

In 1985, a new building was being built specifically for the museum, the project of which was created by architects Z. Mustafin, B. Rzagaliyev and Y. Ratushny. The museum building is remarkable in itself, since it is an outstanding example of modern architecture. The museum area exceeds 17 thousand square meters, the exposition is located on three floors. The building has four main halls, as well as numerous exhibition galleries, where permanent exhibitions are located.

Museum expositions.
The number of exhibits collected in the museum exceeds 200 thousand. The exposition of the State Museum shows visitors the history of the region, as well as the stages of development of the peoples inhabiting Kazakhstan.

- In the first hall of the State Museum is the exposition, which is devoted to paleontology. Numerous exhibits collected during the archaeological excavations in Kazakhstan include the fossilized remains of prehistoric animals, fragments of plants, trees that existed thousands of years before the appearance of man.

- The exposition of the second hall dedicated to historical ethnography introduces the museum visitor to the history of the region from the 15th century to the present. Here you can see household items, weapons, national decorations and much more.

- In the third hall, visitors are offered exhibits relating to the culture and history of various ethnic groups inhabiting Kazakhstan. Visitors can see rare photographs and documents, works of art, as well as household items. Also in the third hall is the exposition, which is dedicated to the participation of the people of Kazakhstan in the Second World War.

- In the fourth hall of the museum is presented the modern history of the republic, which began after independence was proclaimed in 1991. Among the exhibits you can see awards and banknotes, as well as symbols of the republic: the flag and emblem of Kazakhstan. The name of the exhibition is “Sovereign Kazakhstan”.

- “Open Foundation”. The pearl of the exhibition are rich collections of gold from the ancient treasures of the Kazakh nomads. Various finds date from VII to I century. BC er In addition to gold, jewelry of Oriental craftsmen is represented here; daggers, decorated with precious stones; horse equipment made of silver and gold.

- Museum of Anthropology. The exposition includes 3 parts. The first is a description of the classifications of human races, an evolutionary series of maps, a settlement map for nations. The second part of the exhibition shows the stages of human evolution with visual reconstructions. The third part demonstrates anthropological material related to the territory of present-day Kazakhstan. Particularly impressive are the 3 dioramas that carry over the times of primitive people.

- Hall N. G. Khludova. The exposition is dedicated to the famous Russian artist and ethnographer - Nikolai Gavrilovich Khludov. The hall contains paintings of the painter, photographs and his personal belongings.

Prices at the Central State Museum of Kazakhstan.
In the Central Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan there are several tariffs for visiting various expositions. Also, the cost of tickets depends on the age of visitors and their social category.
- Adult ticket - 300 tenge.
- Student ID - 200 tenge.
- Pension ticket - 150 tenge.
- Children's ticket - 100 tenge.
- Ticket for foreign citizens - 500 tenge.
Children of pre-school age and the participants of the Great Patriotic War can visit the museum for free.

For an additional cost, you can purchase a ticket with a guided tour:
- Hall of Anthropology - 1000 tenge.
- Hall N. G. Khludova - 1000 tenge.
- Hall of the golden collection - 1300 tenge.
You can buy a ticket in advance on the official website of the Central Museum of Kazakhstan - in the tab buy a ticket (a window will open with a choice of ticket category).

How to get to the Central Museum of Kazakhstan
The Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan is located in the Medeu district of Almaty. Across the road is the Republic Square with a picturesque park. You can get to the Central Museum by metro to the station “Abaya” - then walk about 1 km.
"Abay" metro station of buses number 45, 48 and 128 at the Ramstore hypermarket.