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by TheWanderingCamel

Whilst the Museum of Traditional Instruments is the most attractive museum in Almaty, it is by no means the only one worth visiting.

The Central State Museum is a huge, gloomy building just off Republic Square. There is quite a lot of interesting stuff here with exhibits dating from prehistoric times through to the modern era of independence. There are good displays of everyday objects and applied folk art -including a stunning yurt hanging encrusted with embroidery and coral beadwork. The signage, like a lot of the lighting, is barely adequate but a visit will leave you with a fair idea of the history of the country.

The Art Museum houses fine and applied arts - with the applied arts section - textiles, jewellery and costume - probably being more interesting than the fairly ordinary paintings on display unless you are interested in the rather esoteric study of the recent development of figurative art in the region or the particularly stolid style of official Soviet art..

Refer to the website given here for contacts and addresses of artists currently working in Almaty.

Both museums have good handicraft and carpet shops.

Directions: State Museum - Furmanov Street - open 0900-1800 with last admissions at 1700. Closed Tuesday

Fine Art Museum - Satpaev Street - open 100-1300 and 1400-1800, closed Monday

Website: http://expat.nursat.kz/?141

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  • Updated Jul 9, 2005
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