Museum in Bishkek

Frunze House-Museum

This modest museum forms a concrete shell around the thatched cottage that was allegedly the birthplace of Mikhail Vasilievich Frunze (1885–1925), for whom Bishkek (Pishpek) was renamed shortly after his death. Ther…
Museum in Bishkek

State Historical Museum

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 Len…
Gallery in Bishkek

State Museum of Fine Arts

This gallery's biliously miserable concrete exterior contrasts with the neo-classical grandeur of the Opera opposite but the collections of Kyrgyz embroidery and felt rugs, and the splendid variety of paintings all …
Fountain in Bishkek

Ala-Too Square Fountains

Gallery in Bishkek

Al Halal Gallery

This small, top-quality modern art gallery is an ideal starting point for an exploration of the vibrant, but often invisible, Bishkek arts scene. If you're keen and lucky, you might be invited to the artists' studio…
Square in Bishkek

Ala-Too Square

Surveyed by a triumphant statue of Manas, Bishkek's nominal centre is architecturally neo-brutalist in style, but it has a perversely photogenic quality especially when slowly goose-stepping soldiers change the guar…
Park in Bishkek

Dubovy (Oak) Park

Where wide, green Erkindik (Freedom Ave) enters this pleasant central park, painters sell a range of locally themed, if typically garish, art. There's a minor sculpture garden amid the oaks behind the park's statue …
Monument in Bishkek

WWII Monument

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the end of WWII, this monument is designed to evoke three symbolic yurt struts curving above an eternal flame. It sits within the dauntingly over-sized sun-bleached expanse of '…
Statue in Bishkek

Statue of Kurmanjan Datka

Monument in Bishkek

Lenin Statue

Having once dominated Ala-Too Square, Vlad turned his back on the mountains in 2003 and now lurks behind the History Museum. Young skaters and break-dancers practice their daring vaults oblivious to the desperate ge…