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Museum of History and Local Lore G.P. Potanin

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The local history museum in the city of Pavlodar was founded in 1942 during the Second World War. In 1959, the museum was named after Grigory Nikolaevich Potanin, a Russian researcher who studied and explored Central Asia. The museum stores over 100,000 different kinds of exhibits, including quite a few photographs and photo collections. The museum was founded by photographer Dmitry Polikarpovich Bagaev. One of the valuable exhibits in the museum is a silver-plated pocket belt that belonged to a Kazakh dancer who lived at the beginning of the 20th century.

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Pavlodar Museum of History and Local Lore named after G.N Potanin is located in the city of Pavlodar on Lenin Street, building No. 149.
Telephone: +7 (7182)61-81-59

Information -

The Potanin Historical Museum occupies 2 connected tsarist-era buildings in the old trading city. It was once home to the city telegraph office and the mansion of a wealthy merchant named Artem Derov, who founded the first coal mining enterprise in nearby Ekibastuz. The museum itself is named after Grigory Potanin, a famous Russian ethnographer and historian of the 19th century. He was a close friend of Chokhan Valikhanov, the most famous ethnographer and explorer of Kazakhstan. The museum is located in the former mansion of the merchant Artem Derov, now the Potanin Museum of History and Local Lore. Early history shows large skeletons of a complete mammoth and a giant deer, accompanied by exhibitions about the Kimak state (9th-11th centuries), which centered on the Irtysh River, and the Golden Horde era (12th-14th centuries), with finds such as the Kalbasun Tower.

This is followed by rooms on the Kazakh khanates, accompanied by wonderful displays of traditional Kazakh jewelry, traditional Kazakh arts and instruments, which also cover famous "batyrs" (warriors) from Pavlodar such as Zhasabai (1716-1741) and his uncle Olzhabai. Originally from the Argyn tribe of the Kazakh Middle Zhuz, both played prominent roles in the Kazakh battles with the Dzungars in the east. Zhasabai's tomb is located in Bayanaul National Park.

The Soviet period included industrial development: salt mining, coal mining and a campaign to develop virgin lands. There is also a section on political repression.


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