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The Central State Museum of Kazakhstan

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One of the largest museums in Central Asia is the Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, located in Almaty. The history of the Museum began in the 30s It was then that began the creation of its collections.

In the NINETEENTH century in the city of Orenburg, a military College I. Neplyuev was founded "Museum of Orenburg region". Later in Almaty to Museum funds increased the collections of the museums of the Semirechye region, the Cossack army and the Republican anti-religious Committee. Since 1931 the institution was located in a former Cathedral, built in 1904-1907 according to the project, designed by renowned architect A. Zenkov.

In 1985 the Museum moved to a new, modern building. This is one of the best buildings of the city's architecture. The total area of the Museum building is more than 17.5 thousand sq. m. exposition and stock collections of the Museum there are about 300 thousand items of archaeological, historical and ethnographic character. The Museum has seven main exhibition halls.

The first room includes archaeological and paleontological complexes. In the hall, "Historical Ethnography" are items of traditional Kazakh way of life and culture. Here is a rich collection of military armor of the XVII-XIX century weapons, a variety of jewelry, products carpet-felt production, the Kazakh embroidery and even the nomadic dwelling of the Kazakhs. In the fossil hall there are a variety of artifacts, for example, unique fragments of petrified trees, remains with prints of different insects and fish, many osteological materials and much more.

In the third hall called "Kazakhstan during the great Patriotic war, the culture of Diaspora" presents the exhibition sections that reflect the history and culture of ethnic groups living on the territory of Kazakhstan. In the fourth hall "Sovereign Kazakhstan" reflects the history of Kazakhstan, from 1991 until today. The fifth room "Open Fund" presents previously unknown treasures of the collections, where special attention is given to the collection of gold jewelry. The sixth hall "Museum of anthropology" is the only one in Central Asia - the exposition of this hall is devoted to the history of mankind. In the last, the seventh hall is a collection of the Russian artist-painter, ethnographer, local historian, founder of Semirechye Department of the Russian geographical society N. Khludov.

The Central State Museum of Kazakhstan is the most visited Museum in the country.