State Historical Museum

State Historical Museum information

Bishkek , Kyrgyzstan
Ala-Too Square
foreign adult/student 150/75som, local 30/15som
Opening hours
10am-6pm Tue-Sun Mar-Oct, 9.30-5pm Tue-Sun Nov-Feb
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Thrillingly for Sovietophiles, this 1984 marble-faced cube still retains many splendidly stirring faux-bronze/copper reliefs and bold ceiling murals reflecting the building's former purpose as a state-of-the-art Lenin Museum. Mixed in are a series of photos and mementos from the 2010 revolution and portraits of that year's martyrs. The top floor yurt signals a completely disconnected section on ethnology and archaeology. Photos here show items from the museum's rich collection of Scythian gold but the originals are locked away in secured vaults and only shown to VIPs.