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State History Museum, Bishkek

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Explore the nation's Soviet history at State History Museum, a huge modernist cubic building in Bishkek's main square. Formerly the top-notch Lenin Museum, the institution still displays a collection of colorful realist murals carrying explicit political messages and pastoral socialist scenes. Life-sized bronze statues of Marx and Engels and socialist-realism figural compositions juxtapose the ethnography and archeology section on the top floor. A full-size model yurt and a mannequin horse here keep company to numerous busts of Lenin, mammoth teeth, and a collection of Kyrgyz kalpaks. Photos document the museum's rich trove of Scythian gold, but originals are kept in the safe. To visit State History Museum and get the most from your holiday in Bishkek, create itinerary details personal to you using our Bishkek tour planner.
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  • If you have enough time to spend in Bishkek you can see the History museum. It is like you got back to the soviet union. I haven't seen any museum like this. This is old fashioned and a bit neglected ...  more »
  • The Museum is quite traditional, that and liked it. Impressed by the exhibits of the Soviet era and the establishment of Soviet power. Especially the cart and original maps. Very true a year 100-years of October.
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  • Great museum, but not enough things to see, it took me about 30 mins to go around it. The archeological expo was great though, definitely worth the visit during hot summer days.  more »
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