National Art Museum


If time is limited, don't miss this excellent museum, with Sakha-themed exhibits covering local craftmaking traditions (mammoth tusk carvings, reindeer boots, finely carved urns for kumiss – fermented mare's milk), landscape paintings and portraits. Look out for the captivating paintings of village life by Andrei Chikachev (born 1967), the most famous living Sakha artist.

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Nearby Yakutsk attractions

1. Treasury of the Sakha Republic


Pay a visit to this unique museum for a look at Yakutia's rich mineral wealth combined with fine craft traditions. You'll see exquisite carvings in…

2. Lenin Statue

0.14 MILES

Vlad Ilych still stands on Yakutsk's main square doing a particularly directional pose.

3. Transfiguration Church

0.19 MILES

This mid-19th-century church with gorgeous golden domes in Yakutsk's old town is the city's most attractive.

4. Pyotr Beketov Monument

0.29 MILES

This rather brash gold-plated pillar in the old town honours Cossack explorer and founder of Yakutsk, Pyotr Beketov.

5. Yakutsk Regional History Museum

0.61 MILES

A good place to delve deeper into Sakha culture, the Regional History Museum contains local minerals, information on the region’s first Russian settlers…

6. Khomus Museum


Khomus (Jew’s harps) play a big part in Sakha culture. Concerts occur year-round, when performers imitate natural sounds such as a horse neighing. The…

7. Mammoth Museum

1.01 MILES

Despite its rather exciting-sounding name, this one-room museum is rather a let-down due to its total lack of signage in English. On the plus side, there…

8. Archaeology & Ethnography Museum

1.01 MILES

These two separately run museums are in the same building; sadly, neither enjoys the luxury of signage in English. On the bottom three floors you'll find…