Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, Almaty

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Delve into Kazakhstan's rich heritage at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, a journey that will take you through the country's history, from Bronze Age artifacts to recent political occurrences. Established in 1931, the museum houses a plethora of relics and archaeological findings, as well as traditional costumes, weapons, and jewelry from different time periods. View Soviet-era propaganda art, or explore the various exhibits about the country's ethnic groups and their cultures. Although most of the museum's signage is in Russian, you can book a tour in English or Kazakh. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Central State Museum of Kazakhstan by using our Almaty family vacation planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We managed to find a guide by the tourist office at the Dostyk. A good overview of the history Kazakhstan.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Interesting Museum on the history of the Kazakhstan. No visit to french and audio guide in English. Price 500 tenge per person and a visit with a private guide provide 10000 for the group. To do.
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  • August 9, 2017
    This large Museum located in front of the presidential residence (Almaty is no longer the capital of the country since 1997, the Presidential Palace is located in the new capital Astana) has beautiful collections. His visit will allow you to get an idea of the history of the country (from prehistory to the Soviet period), to admire beautiful collections of objects (particularly great carpet) and a real yurt set in the middle of a room. A room is devoted to the president of the Republic of Kazakhstan: Noursultan Nazarbayev (the same since independence of the country in 1991), another history of Almaty "city of apples" in kazakh.
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  • June 23, 2017
    Ticket doesn't let you in all parts of museum, and you have to pay extra to take photo's! The displays are cool though.
  • April 13, 2017
    Unless you speak Russian, this museum is going to leave you with more questions than answers. Nice way to spend 1 hour looking at stuff which you have no idea what it is about. Part ancient Kazakh history, part during WW2. Good thing, it's affordable, 300 tenge locals, 500 for foreign tourist.
  • May 19, 2017
    Good museum, but not that much of English translation and interaction with exhibits. Don't​ touch anything there
  • March 17, 2017
    Nice place with glimpse of Kazakh culture. Very small in area.
  • June 30, 2017
    Great exhibit, if small, of Kazakh history.

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