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 museum has very few items on display to tell about the Kyrgyz pre-Soviet history, but it is still a worthwhile museum to visit to learn about the Kyrgyzstan's Soviet period. In my opinion, too muc...  more »
  • the Museum is closed until mid-December 2017 year around active repair and construction works. It is a pity that did not get inside the
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  • No need to visit, currently under renovation. Check before you go if you go in the future to make sure it's open. They said it will take about a year.  more »
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  • Nice museum)))) I was in Bishkek twice, but last time the museum was closed for very long time...
  • Nice landscap
  • Museum is still closed and under renovation as of June 22 2017
  • Well curated and contains even from pre-historic times!
  • Still closed!

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