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Museum of Kazakh Folk Musical Instruments

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Excursion to the Museum of Musical instruments in Almaty

The Museum of Kazakh Folk Musical Instruments is a cultural institution. It was opened in 1981, in 1990. The museum building is an architectural monument, built in 1903 by architect A. P. Zenkov. It has 9 exhibition halls. The museum's expositions tell about the formation and development of the museum, which tells about the musical folklore of the Kazakh people, about the history of musical instruments, about the current state of instrumental musical art. The museum contains rare musical instruments such as dombra, narcobyz, kylkobyz, zhezkobyz, sazgen, sherter, dudyga, vyazak, tuyaktas, firecracker, sakpan, syrnai, shankobyz, Zhetygen, zhelboaz, shyndauyl, etc.

The museum has a permanent exhibition hall, in which, along with national instruments, more than three hundred musical instruments of Turkic origin and foreign peoples are presented. The collection, storage, research and promotion of these collections are carried out by scientific-stock, scientific-laboratory and scientific-propaganda departments. An important role in this is played by the ensemble of ancient instruments “Sazgen”, created by the staff of the museum.

Museum of Musical Instruments – how to get there

The Museum of Musical Instruments named after Ykylas is located in the park of 28 Panfilov Guards on Gogol Street next to the Eternal Flame. GPS coordinates of the Musical Instruments Museum in Almaty: 43°15'34"N 76°57'25"E

Museum of Musical Instruments in Almaty - history

The creation of the Museum of Musical instruments in Almaty was accepted by the Government of the Kazakh SSR on August 1, 1980. The museum was opened on April 24, 1981 as the Republican Museum of Folk Musical Instruments. At first, the museum was located in an old two-story building at the intersection of Panfilovsky Avenue and Zhibek-Zholy Street. Given the limited exhibition space of the building, Dinmukhamed Kunayev instructed the Deputy Minister of Culture of the Kazakh SSR in 1983 to find a new place. Thus, the museum moved to the current building in the 28 Panfilov Park. On March 11, 1990, it was decided to name the museum in honor of the Kazakh folk composer Ykylas Dukenuly. In 2012 and 2013, the museum was renovated. At the same time, not only the appearance of the exhibitions has changed, but the concept of the museum has also been revised. On May 15, 2013, the Museum of Folk Musical Instruments reopened.

Museum of Musical Instruments in Almaty


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