National Museum of Kazakhstan in Nur-Sultan
The National Museum of Kazakhstan was opened on July 2, 2014 by the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. The museum is located in a spectacular and spacious modern building in Nur-Sultan. It gives an overview of Kazakh history from ancient to modern times. It is an excellent place to learn more about the country.
Designed by a team of South Korean designers and local Kazakhs, the National Museum of Kazakhstan was completed and opened after six years of hard work and determination to make the museum the best in the country. The unique architecture of the museum is said to symbolize the past, present, and future of Kazakhstan, its people, and its culture. This is also represented within the 200,000 exhibits housed in the new museum.
The date that the museum opened is symbolic as well. Opening as a celebration of Nur-Sultan’s 16th birthday, the museum is considered to be a birthday present for the city from the country’s government. The museum also completes what is called Kazakh Eli, or, Kazakh Land, which is made up of the museum as well as a library, the Palace of Independence, the Kazakh Eli Monument, The Palace of Peace and Accord, the Hazret Sultan Mosque, and the Kazakh National University of Art. There is no doubt that the new addition to Kazakh Eli will bring in many visitors as well as represent Kazakhstan in a new and interesting light.
As mentioned before, the museum contains 200,000 exhibits, in a building that covers up to 74,000 meters. Among one of the largest museums in the world, the National Museum of Kazakhstan greets visitors with different halls such as the Hall of Gold and the Hall of Modern Art. Also, visitors will see things such as Russian art and traditional textiles.
While the museum is expected to be presented mostly in the Kazakh or Russian languages, it is great to know that there are touchscreens in the exhibits that also have descriptions in English. This makes the museum more accessible and easier to navigate for those who do not understand the Kazakh or Russian languages.
The museum contains many permanent exhibits, but there are also many temporary exhibits which suggests that the museum plans to bring in different subjects to keep the museum fresh and new to keep visitors interested and to make them want to come back again.