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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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  • Museum huge and divided into rooms. Every room on a different topic. A lot of useful information, all described in English, Russian and Kazakh. Very interesting to me!
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  • The building is great, but the content is weak. Form takes precedence over substance. External closes the inner. Exhibits almost no exposure are scarce, empty, no visitors. Employees are very reasonably priced. Disappointed. I do not recommend to visit.
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  • This museum is very traditional that is to say, it has not kept pace with the current trends in the museum sphere. There are large glass displays with signs in Kazakh, Russian and usually English. The...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Good museum, but not that much of English translation and interaction with exhibits. Don't​ touch anything there
  • Nice place with glimpse of Kazakh culture. Very small in area.
  • Great exhibit, if small, of Kazakh history.

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