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5 Best Museums to Visit in Kazakhstan

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Museums are the institutions that collect and care about historical, cultural, religious, artistic artefacts and objects. Museums are among the most popular tourist attractions in the world.

National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan

(Photo Credit: Davide Mauro, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Opened: 2014
Location: Tauyelsyzdyk Ave. 54, Nur-Sultan, 010000 Kazakhstan

The largest museum in Central Asia is the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The museum is located in the main square of Nur-Sultan, the capital city of Kazakhstan. (British council Kazakhstan,

Everybody who wants to get a deeper knowledge of the lifestyle and history of Kazakh people should visit the museum. National Museum is one of the top tourist attractions in the country.

According to Zhanar Beisova, the Head of Excursion Centre, the museum hosts more than 3500-4000 guests per day. National Museum of Kazakhstan has 10 exhibition halls, which represent artefacts and exhibits from modern to ancient periods. The statue of the Golden man is very popular among tourists. (Kazakh TV)

The State Museum of National Musical Instruments

ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN – JULY 27, 2017: The wooden building of the Kazakh Museum of Folk Musical Instruments named after Ykylas (former House of officers meeting). Is was built in 1908, architect Zenkov.

Opened: 1980
Location: Zenkov St, Almaty 050000, Kazakhstan

The museum is a famous cultural sight of Almaty, the southern capital of Kazakhstan. It collects the personal musical instruments which belong to famous poets and composers such as Abai, Zhambyl, Dina, Nartai, Makhambet, Kenen and so on.

The collection involves more than 40 national musical instruments of Kazakhstan such as dombra, kobyz, kepshik and syldyrmak.

The building of the museum is wooden, which was built in 1907. Hundreds of interesting samples of music and folklore are saved in the museum.

You can visit the museum from 10 am to 7 pm, the day off is Monday. (Dostoprim Almaty)

Museum of Victims of Political Repression

(Photo Credit: Davide Mauro, CC BY-SA 4.0)

Opened: 2007
Location: Ryskulbekova St., Shymkent, Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan declared independence on 16 December 1991 from the Soviet Union. The museum memorialises the tragic events and political oppression by the USSR.

The 1930s and 1950s were the dark times in the history of Kazakhstan. In the ruling period of Stalin, the dictator of Socialistic Republic (USSR), 100,000 civilians lost their lives, hundreds of famous people were coldly killed. The time is often called the “mass political terror” period. (EdgeKz)

In the museum, guests can see the pictures of victims and read their stories. However, the main exhibit of the museum is a statue, which demonstrates the pain, death and Stalin’s picture. (Shymkent Sweet Texas)

The ticket for the attraction is not expensive, ranges from 200-500 Kazakh tenge, which is approximately 0.47 to 1.19 USD.

Military History Museum

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan – June 23, 2018: View of the Kazakhstan Military History Museum.

Opened: 2016
Location: Respublika Ave 2, Nur-Sultan 010000, Kazakhstan.

The Military Museum is among the newest and most developed museums of Nur-Sultan. The museum is best for the travellers who are interested in the military conflicts of Kazakhstan from ancient times till today.

Visiting the museum takes about 2 hours. Military Museum stores over 6,000 exhibits, which can make you feel the frightening atmosphere of war.

The entrance to this fascinating museum is free. (Kazakhstan Travel)

Palace of Peace and Reconciliation

Astana, Kazakhstan – September 25, 2011: Exterior of the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation building in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Opened: 2006
Location: Manasa Av., 57, Nur-Sultan Kazakhstan

Do you believe me if I say there is a Pyramid in Kazakhstan, which is over half the height of Giza (the Pyramid of Cheops)?

Palace of Peace and Reconciliation is built in 21 months in the shape of the pyramid. It is a symbol of peace in Kazakhstan, which represents friendship and unity.

The architecture of the building can make it one of the best museums and theatres in Kazakhstan.

Opera house is located in the palace with 1500 seats. The four sides of the building symbolise the idea of Kazakhs welcome people from all nationalities and religions. (

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