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Museum of Kazakh Folk Musical instruments in Almaty city

Museum of Kazakh Folk Musical instruments.

For some reason, it is firmly rooted in our mind that only tourists and schoolchildren visit museums. But if you discard this stereotype and look at museums from a completely different perspective, you will discover with surprise that this is incredibly interesting and informative.
The museum of Kazakh national musical instruments named after Ykylas was founded in 1980. Here is a unique collection of musical instruments from both the Kazakh people and other countries. The museum exhibits 297 musical exhibits, and the fund contains about 2 thousand more.
The museum building was built in 1908, and in itself is a unique architectural monument of history and culture of republican significance. The cathedral in the style of Old Russian architecture was designed by the famous architect A. P. Zenkov. This is one of the few surviving buildings of the Verna era.

Initially, the council was used as an officer's club, then as the Vernensky Council of Workers, Soldiers and Peasants' Deputies. Later the post office, the Krasnaya Zvezda cinema and the cavalry regiment club were located here. And only in 1980, the building was given the status of the Museum of Folk Musical Instruments.
The museum is named after the Kazakh folk composer-kiuishi and kobyzist Ykylas Dukenuly.
Outside, in front of the entrance to the museum, you will see a sculpture, a stone copy of a Kazakh musical instrument of a narcobyz, created more than thirty years ago.

The museum presents more than 40 types and varieties of Kazakh folk musical instruments: dombra, kobyz, dangyry, syldyrmak and others. And also in the expositions exhibited musical instruments of the Turkic peoples and peoples of the world. The most ancient of them are restored and recreated thanks to the surviving written sources and ethnographic descriptions.

In 2012, the museum suffered a large-scale reconstruction and became one of the most modern museums in the country.
- One of these innovations of the museum is a holographic image of a guy and a girl in national costumes who meet you at the entrance. They will be able to tell you about the museum in three languages: Kazakh, Russian and English.

- The next innovation is two media-labels, thanks to which you can get detailed information about the history, culture and traditions of the Kazakh people. There is a large music library where you can find a lot of audio and video materials about famous composers of different eras.
Now the museum has seven exhibition halls: archeology, percussion noise and wind instruments, memorial musical instruments, the dombra and kobyz hall, the hall of instruments of the peoples of the world, the hall of temporary exhibitions and presentations, a concert hall with 160 seats.
Hall of memorial tools - the most visited. The instruments used by the most outstanding improvisers of our people are kept here. For example, Dombra Abay Kunanbayev, Birzhan-sal, Zhambyl Zhabayev, Kurmangazy, Makhambet Utemisov, Dina Nurpeisova and many others.
The oldest and most mystical Kazakh instrument in the collection of the museum, the narcobyz bucks of Zharas, which is more than 300 years old. Narcobyz was the main ritual subject of Kazakh shamans.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00.
Ticket price - 350 tenge. There are discount tickets for students, schoolchildren and retirees at 150 tenge. Guide services will cost you 650 tenge.