Fine Arts Museum
The collection here, one of the country's best, covers Kazakh, Russian and Western European art from the 16th century onwards, including...
History & Local Studies Museum
This museum has plenty of material on regional history including some rare archaeological pieces, and a collection of traditional Kazakh...
The large Abay Museum is dedicated to the 19th-century humanist poet Abay Kunanbaev. Along with displays about Abay’s life and work, the...
The outdoor terrace cafe here has a fun atmosphere in summer and serves reasonable shashlyk, other meat dishes, salads and desserts. The...
Dostoevskogo 118 · interesting places nearby
Dostoevsky Museum information
The well laid-out Dostoevsky Museum incorporates the wooden house where the exiled writer lived from 1857 to 1859 with his wife and baby. The displays range over Dostoevsky’s life and works, including his five years in jail at Oms and five years of enforced military service at Semey. His rooms have been maintained in the style of his day. Tours, in English, Russian or Kazakh, cost 300T.
It was in Semey that Dostoevsky made friends with the extraordinary Shokan Ualikhanov (Chokan Valikhanov), a prince of the Kazakh Middle Horde, explorer, intellectual, and spy in the Russian army. A statue of both men stands outside the museum.