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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  • August 17, 2017
    They are currently renovating the museum and has an ugly blue barricade around the museum. The building is kinda unimaginative as well.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    I visited Bishkek in August 2017 and the State History Museum was still undergoing heavy renovation. Basically still a construction site. My guide mentioned that the intention was to open it in Septem...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Kirghiz History Museum ... The Kyrgyz people are very old root years a lot of things you wonder in the history can be found here. Recently renovated and modernized building through unusual architecture..
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  • May 13, 2017
    Nice museum)))) I was in Bishkek twice, but last time the museum was closed for very long time...
  • June 24, 2017
    Museum is still closed and under renovation as of June 22 2017
  • November 23, 2015
    Well curated and contains even from pre-historic times!
  • November 26, 2016
    Nice Museum!
  • January 16, 2016
    Contains articles from ancient times.

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