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Geological Museum

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One of the cultural attractions of the city of Almaty is a unique Geological Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The history of this Museum began in 1942, it was then in the difficult period of the Second world war thanks to the initiative of the academician of Kanysh Satpayev was founded the Museum of Geology. In the postwar years the Museum continued to gradually develop and grow with new and interesting exhibits.

In 1969 based on geological collections of the Institute of Mineral raw materials and "kazgeofiztrest" created a permanent scientific and technical exhibition of the Ministry of Geology. However, in 1997 the exhibition was reconstructed and was renamed to the Geological Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Was initiated by the Minister of Geology S. Daukeev. The opening of the new Museum took place in August 1997

The basis of the Museum the best collection of materials of the former exhibition, unique samples of minerals and ores from the collections of territorial geological administrations, as well as many exhibits from private collections. Specially for the Museum rebuilt the ground floor in a building of the Ministry of Geology. As a result, the Museum received a new original and modern room and updated exposition. The main task of the geological Museum is to demonstrate the mineral wealth of Kazakhstan, a story about the geological discoveries and the development of Earth Sciences.

Excursion to the Museum begins with the lobby. From here, visitors take an Elevator get to the main halls. The Elevator was made in the form of miner's cages. Down in the basement, it offers a real mine, with stone walls, wooden pillars and rails on which the trolley full of ore. The full effect of presence create the sounds of running machines. Also in this small room you can see the relief map of Kazakhstan with indication of the main areas of mining and the bust of the founder of the geological Museum named after K. Satpayev. From the Small hall you can get to a Large hall where a display of samples of minerals and other ores, an extensive collection of the Kazakhstan agate, different pieces of rocks, maps and photographs on the walls and other information about Geology. At the end of the Great hall is a 15-metre panorama depicting the "history of the development of life on Earth."