Top things to do in Semey

Top Choice Monument in Semey

Lenin Statues

A curious collection of 15 communist busts and statues, mostly Lenins – including Kazakhstan's tallest Lenin! – stands in a small park behind Hotel Semey. Spot the three Kirovs and one Karl Marx lurking among the Le…
Museum in Semey

Dostoevsky Museum

This well laid-out 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 a…
Museum in Semey

History & Local Studies Museum

Displays at this regional museum run the gamut from prehistoric finds to some rare archaeological pieces, a collection of traditional Kazakh artefacts, the development of Semipalatinsk, local involvement in WWII and…
Museum in Semey

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 a not-to-be-missed Rembrandt etching and landscapes, portraits and still-life …
Museum in Semey

Anatomical Museum

In an unmarked building that's part of Semey Medical University, this one-room museum exhibits the usual pickled organs you might expect medical students to look at – but also a gruesome collection of babies and emb…
Memorial in Semey

Stronger than Death Memorial

On the left, 600m past the end of the bridge that takes you south of the centre, across River Irtysh, is the sombre and impressive Stronger than Death Memorial erected in 2002 for victims of the nuclear tests. Desig…
Steak in Semey

Ribeye Art & Grill

The vast triangular bar in the centre of this hangar-like space serves sangrias and imaginative cocktails, but the main draw here is the meat. Ribeyes, skirt steaks and striploins are grilled to your specifications,…
Kazakh in Semey


Shashlyk straight off the grill, laghman (long, stout noodles) and other Kazakh staples are served in garden booths at this relaxed local joint.
Museum in Semey

Abay Museum

This museum is dedicated to the 19th-century humanist poet Abay Kunanbaev, whose forward-looking vision of Kazakhstan is not necessarily shared by his followers. Along with displays about Abay’s life and work, the m…
Italian in Semey


If there's such a thing as a pizza lounge, this is it, with sink-into chairs and elegant but relaxed ambience. The pizzas have thin crusts and successful topping combos. There are risottos and pasta too, plus good s…