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Central State Museum of Kazakhstan

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Address: Samal-1, 44, Almaty 050059, Kazakhstan
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Good overview of history

Empty when I was there, but an interesting selection of displays, from the archaeological to outer space. Pay extra to take pictures. English labelling is hit and miss - mostly... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2016
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atyrau
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are 4 main halls but there is not much to create awe in here. It is a collection of everything: stuffed wild animals, fossils, ancient human tools, classic kazakh culture exhibition with dresses and some armor and some modern Kazakhstan state history. When I write like this it may seem a lot but it would take around 1 hour... More 

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Tashkent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

If there was one museum you had to pick in Almaty this would be the place to visit. Good selection of exhibits that represents the history of Kazakhstan. Must see a gold collection.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This museum has a couple of hidden gems, and they are not easily found. The upper floor ethnography room --- look for the full-size yurt! --- is worth a detailed slow visit. Many fabulous period photographs of steppe people's life, crafts, art next to artifacts and tools. This was fascinating, and readily absorbed even with thin English language labeling. Upper-most... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Large Museum with a nice garden entry, but once inside was disappointed as the exhibits were lacking, although did enjoy the Archaeological section and the mock up of Yurt (Gur). Also there was a huge and informative wall map of Kazakhstan in the main hall after the entrance. After taking a couple of photos found out that photography is enforceable... More 

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Stratford, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Empty when I was there, but an interesting selection of displays, from the archaeological to outer space. Pay extra to take pictures. English labelling is hit and miss - mostly miss

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

1st room devoted to kazak history with examples of textiles, metalwork, jewellery etc would have liked to have seen more Very limited information available in English 1 room upstairs devoted to Soviet history in particular to 2nd world war and another on the president.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Beautiful building with pretty gardens out front. The interior is sparse and limited exhibits. Most have been moved to the new state museum in Astana. Most exhibits in Russian, with few in English. It is cheap to enter, but not sure it was worth the visit. If you do go in, I found the best exhibit to be the one... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

It has a collection of applied art. It was ok, but nothing special and could easily be skipped when visiting Almaty.

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Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The museum is a great place to familiarize yourself with aspects of Kazakh history. If you are really lucky, your visit may coincide with periodic markets of local artisans selling their artwork, jewelry, and other fine, hand-made products representative of Kazakh culture.

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Evanston, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Located closed to Government Building and Republic Square, this building wont be missed. The color of the roof will differentiate this building from the rest.

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