Central State Museum of Kazakhstan
The Central State Museum of Kazakhstan is the largest museum in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and one of the largest museums in Central Asia. When first established in 1931, the museum was located in the Almaty Cathedral. It moved to a modern facility in 1985 and is a landmark in Almaty.
Kasteev's Museum of Arts
The museum was first founded in 1935 as the national art gallery of Kazakhstan. The building was situated in another site but later moved in 1976 to its current location. In 1976 it received the status of the State Museum of Art for Kazakhstan. In 2006 the museum celebrated a 70-year anniversary.
State Museum of Popular Musical Instruments
The State Museum of Popular Musical Instruments was created in 1980. It is one of the cultural sights of "The Southern Capital". Kazakh musical instruments have been collected in the Museum from all regions of Kazakhstan as well as from the CIS and other parts of the world.
Archaeological Museum of the Kazakhstan National Academy of Sciences
Set up in 1973, the Museum includes four exhibition illustrating the development of civilization in Kazakhstan from the ancient period up to the late Middle Ages. The exhibition demonstrates the continuity of Kazakh culture and traditions. A statue of Zhambyl Zhabayev, a well-known Kazakh poet is located in front of the Museum.
State Book Museum
The Museum was founded in 1977. Its exhibition show the history of Kazakh writing and book printing as well as modern publications in Kazakhstan. The collection covers over 20 thousand exhibits, including rare original manuscripts, current periodical editions, ancient drawings, booklets, emblems and charts.
Geology Museum of the Academy of Science
This unique Museum is located in a basement of semi-precious stones, to which visitors can take a lift. Its main exhibition includes collections of natural underground resources and stones of Kazakhstan. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the interactive computer show, demonstrating different geological processes. The Museum also includes a shop selling jewelry, fragments of ancient rocks and precious stones. This is a good place to buy gills, jewels of ancient Kazakh culture and modern art. The Museum also organizes a five-day geological tour throughout the Zailiy Alatau region.
Nature Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan
The Nature Museum is a section of the Research Zoology institute of the Academy of Science. Visitors can learn about Paleontology and Zoology. The Paleontology section shows some very interesting exhibitions with skeletons of animals in calcified wood, found in Kazakhstan, dating from early geological epochs. The collection includes the original skeletons of dinosaurs, giant rhinos, giant pigs, a petrified tunic and many other fascinating exhibits, which will take visitors right back to the Jurassic Period.
Zharkent Mosque, Architectural and Art Museum
It was built at merchant Talibai Yuldashev's request by two masters from China, over 100 years ago. The architectural style is classical Chinese. The Museum includes a small mosque, the main mosque, a medresse (Coranic school), a portal and main gates. It has a unique architecture, built without a nail with a ceiling made from Ili River cane.
Zh. Zhabayev Literary Museum
The Museum was established in 1947 to acquaint visitors with the literary heritage of Zhambyl Zhabayev, the famous akyn (poet). The Museum complex includes the akyn's house, where he lived in 1936-38 and 1938-45, a conference-hall where the akyn's ashes remain, a garage and an administrative building. The complex is located in picturesque surroundings. N. Tlendiyev, a well-known composer and conductor is also buried in the grounds.
M. Tynyshhayev Historical Museum of the Almaty Region
It was established in 1974 and moved in 1985-92. It hosts ancient archeological pieces of linysu, such as the military armour of the llie Kazakh warrior, famous manuscripts and ancient musical instruments.