The Burana Tower is a large minaret in the Chui Valley in northern Kyrgyzstan. It is located about 80 km east of the country's capital Bishkek, near the town of Tokmok. The entire site, including the mausoleums, castle foundations and grave markers, now functions as museum and there is a small building on the site containing historical information as well as artifacts found at the site and in the surrounding region.
The museum traces the life and career of Mikhail Frunze — and what is supposed to be the house in which he was born and brought up is preserved on the ground floor (although there is some doubt whether this is the right house — it is typical of the period) — and there is an exhibition of the achievements of the city and Kirgizia during the Soviet period.
Mueum of Fine Arts
Dedicated to Kyrgyz folk and applied arts; Russian and Soviet Art — the museum began as the State Picture Gallery and was located in the St Nicholas Church in Oak Park. The church now houses the Gallery of the Artists«Union. The present building was built in 1974 as one of the projects in the grand scheme for improving the capital and features a yurt and a permanent exhibition of shyrdaks and other traditional crafts.
Historical Museum / Lenin Museum
The ground floor houses temporary exhibits but the permanent exhibits depict natural and political history of the country and the Soviet heritage. There is a statue of Lenin leading the revolutionary masses an a ceiling painting of a wedding party attended by the melting pot of the nationalities of the Soviet Union. The historical museum began life in 1926 in the «boyhood home» of Mikhail Frunze now preserved in the Frunze Museum — in 1937 it was transferred to what is now the Friendship building (see Zoological Museum) before moving to it«s present home in the 1980»s.
Tinibek Sadykov Museum
This museum contains some of the smaller works of the Kyrgyz monumental sculptor Tinibek Saykov — some of whose larger works can be found in the Philharmonia, The Matyrs to the Revolution at the corner of Prospect Chui and Sovietskaya and in Victory Square.
Aaly Tokombaev Museum
Tokombaev was a famous Kyrgyz akin (bard), poet and composer and his house has been turned into a museum dedicated to his life and work. He helped to standardize written Kyrgyz using a modified Alphabet. There is an exhibition dedicated to the exodus of many Kyrgyz to China in 1916 following the uprising against the Russians.
Open Air Sculpture Museum
Inaugurated in 1984 to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Kyrgyz Republic, sculptors from all over the Soviet Union were invited to submit pieces under the title «Peace and Labour» and there work was exhibited in the park. Many of the metal pieces, including a bronze bust of Yuri Gargarin, have since disappeared — plundered, stolen, for their scrap value.
Contains displays of stuffed animals, (reptiles, birds, mammals, invertebrates), native to Kyrgyzstan - and some more exotic. There are also some live reptiles. The building, (Friendship House - Don Druzhby), was the first seat of the republican government built by the Interhelpa volunteers in 1927, (there is a time capsule in the cornerstone), but when the Supreme Soviet building in the old square was completed this became the Historical Museum.
Ala Archa National Park Museum
Ala Archa National Park Museum - a few kilometers inside the park - The two storey building houses the administration offices of the park and has a room dedicated examples of the wildlife found here and Issyk Kul.