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. Arrange to visit State History Museum and other attractions in Bishkek using our Bishkek online trip planner .
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  • The building is on the north side of ALA Tau square. 10/2017 currently under construction was closed. Plaza in front of the Museum is the equestrian statue of King hero Manas. Before the Philharmonic is famous is one thing, but this is bigger, it's heroic. Originally it had Lenin statue, the statue was was relocated to the rear of the building now.
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  • Recently renovated, this is a good place to while away a few hours. Went after my trek, so has spent some time already in Kyrgyzstan (second visit too), so perhaps I got more out of it than someone ne...  more »
  • By the look of it it will be quite a while before the renovation is complete. Having read some reviews abou the collection, it will obviously be worth exploring later  more »
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  • Nice museum)))) I was in Bishkek twice, but last time the museum was closed for very long time...
  • Museum is still closed and under renovation as of June 22 2017
  • Well curated and contains even from pre-historic times!
  • Nice Museum!
  • Contains articles from ancient times.

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