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State Museum of National Musical Instruments

This museum is considered to be one of Almaty’s most interesting attractions. The all-wooden museum building is an attraction in itself as it was built in 1908 by Andrey Zenkov, the same architect that designed Almaty’s famous cathedral built without a nail. The museum building was one of the few that survived Almaty’s massive 1911

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The Culture of Kazakhstan

Kasteyev State Museum of Arts

Kasteyev is considered Kazakhstan’s top art museum. It began its acquisitions in 1935 and has since collected more than 22,000 works from Kazakh, Russian, Western European and Asian artists. The extensive collection includes paintings, graphics, sculptures as well as pieces from the theatre and decorative arts dating from ancient times to the present. The collection

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Central State Museum

If you have time to visit only one museum in Almaty and want to learn about Kazakhstan, this is the best place to go. It is one of the oldest and largest museums in the country and is located directly across from the Presidential Palace. This museum takes visitors on a journey through Kazakhstan’s ancient

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Art and Shock Theatre

Art&Shock is a modern independent theatre thought to be staging some of the most innovative performances in Kazakhstan. This theatre pushes the edge with improvisation and interactive performances along with pantomime and traditional theatre. The theatre chooses its performances based on the concepts of “theatralization of theatric art” and “theatralization of life.” Art&Shock was founded

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Kazakh Artists

Lermontov Russian Drama Theatre and Tengri Umay Arts Gallery

This space includes a Russian language theatre and a visual arts space. The theatre was founded in 1969 and continues to stage Russian language plays on various days. The Tengri Umay gallery was established in 1990 and features more than 300 works of contemporary paintings, sculptures and installations. The space also features a shop selling

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Arts in Kazakhstan

Deutsches Theater Almaty

Deutches offers Almaty residents and visitors a taste of European theatre. It was founded in 1975 as a way to preserve German culture but has since expanded to become an international theatre company. Its plays are performed in German with simultaneous Russian translations. Like Art&Shock, Deutches specializes in innovative, contemporary theatre in addition to traditional

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Art in Kazakhstan

Arvest Art Gallery

You’ll never know what you’ll find at the Arvest Art Gallery. This unique space does not focus on particular trends in art, but rather chooses its exhibits based purely on the originality and talent of the artist. Created in 2007, Arvest is a space for artists to display and sell their paintings, sculptures, graphics and

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The Saken Seifullin Museum

Saken Seifullin was a pioneer of modern Kazakh literature, poet and writer, and national activist. He penned controversial literature calling for greater independence of Kazakhs from Soviet and Russian power, and paid for it with his life. Deemed a “threat to the society” and a “nationalist,” Seifullin was executed in Almaty, in 1939. Today he

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The Palace of Independence


The Palace of Independence is used for official state functions, including forums, meetings and conventions. It includes the Gallery of applied art and ethnography, archeology and anthropology, a modern art Gallery, the Museum of City History of Astana. It also has two theaters; one is a 4D Cinema and the other a theater in 360

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Kazakh Culture

Presidential Center of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan


The Presidential Center of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan is conveniently located at the edge of the Right Bank, and is easily accessible from the Left Bank. The museum boasts 143,000 artifacts related to Kazakh archeology, ethnography, history, culture and arts. The “Kazakh Ethnography” collection captures the traditional lifestyles of the Kazakh people and

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