Famous Museums and Art Galleries in Almaty, Almaty (Self Guided)

Kazakhstan’s former capital has a great number of museums and galleries to be proud of, including the unique State Museum of National Musical Instruments. Take this tour to discover Almaty’s famous museums and galleries.
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Famous Museums and Art Galleries in Almaty Map

Guide Name: Famous Museums and Art Galleries in Almaty
Guide Location: Kazakhstan » Almaty (See other walking tours in Almaty)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.6 km
Author: JohnB
Central State Museum of the Kazakh Republic

1) Central State Museum of the Kazakh Republic (must see)

The Central State Museum of Kazakhstan is the largest museum in Almaty and one of the largest museums in Central Asia.

When first established in 1931, the museum was located in the Almaty Cathedral. It moved to a modern facility in 1985 and is a landmark in Almaty. The museum houses the most significant collection of Kazakh historical, archaeological, and modern cultural and political artifacts.

Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday – Sunday: 9:30 am — 17:30 pm

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Muhtar Auezov Literature Memorial House

2) Muhtar Auezov Literature Memorial House

The Muhtar Auezov Literature Memorial House is dedicated to the great Kazakh writer and scientist, Muhtar Auezov. It was opened in 1963, with a considerable amount of items donated by Auezov's wife. The venue has seven rooms, featuring family photos, books, documentaries and many other displays depicting the writer’s life.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Oner Art Gallery

3) Oner Art Gallery

The Oner Art Gallery is another venue in Almaty where you can admire Kazakh modern art. It works in close relation with the Ular Gallery, sometimes partcipating in joint showcases. The venue proudly presents contemporary Kazakh art in all aspects, including oil canvases, acrylic paintings, photographs and much more.
Central Exhibition Hall

4) Central Exhibition Hall

The Central Exhibition Hall dates back to Soviet times, when there was only one gallery in the city. Since the collapse of the USSR, it has gained new popularity, and still stands out as an impressive exhibition hall. The venue offers various themed exhibitions, art shows and other activities.
Almaty City History Museum

5) Almaty City History Museum

Almaty City History Museum is worth visiting in order to learn more about the former capital of Kazakhstan. It offers a wonderful insight into the city’s history through various exhibitions, including video slides and historical documents. You can also learn about the origin and meaning of the word 'Almaty' in the Kazakh language.
Republican Book Museum

6) Republican Book Museum

The Republican Book Museum, opened in 1978, contains a huge collection of antique books and manuscripts, some of them dating back to the 12th century. It also exhibits an impressive selection of Korans.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 1pm; 2 pm - 5 pm
Geology Museum of the Academy of Science

7) Geology Museum of the Academy of Science (must see)

The Geology Museum of the Academy of Science has a lot to offer visitors, taking into account that Kazakhstan is rich in minerals and natural resources. The museum presents a great collection of precious and semi-precious stones, and also offers the opportunity to purchase some in the museum’s gift shop.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 8.30 am - 17.30 pm
State Museum of National Musical Instruments

8) State Museum of National Musical Instruments

The State Museum of National Musical Instruments is a unique museum exhibiting some exceptional pieces gathered from all over the world. This wooden building was designed by A. Zenkov 1908. Among its rich collection you will find 60 types of traditional Kazakh instruments, which played a significant role in shaping the the country’s cultural scene.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9 am - 6 pm
Military History Museum

9) Military History Museum

The Military History Museum exhibits some unique military uniforms and original weapons used by the Kazakhs from different periods throughout its history. Included in its collection are Soviet military items, interesting objects from World Word II and much more.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 1 pm; 2 pm - 5 pm
Ular Gallery

10) Ular Gallery

The Ular Gallery is a modern art gallery founded in 1993 by Kazakh artist, Yuri Markovich. It is one of the most notable galleries in town, offering various exhibitions of local artists on a regular basis. The gallery also sells some of its masterpieces at affordable prices.

Walking Tours in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Create Your Own Walk in Almaty

Create Your Own Walk in Almaty

Creating your own self-guided walk in Almaty is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shopping Tour in Almaty

Shopping Tour in Almaty

Shopping in Almaty can be a very interesting experience, offering a variety of shops with great selections. A former ex-Soviet country, it has developed over the years and now provides many high quality shops and goods to choose from. Take this tour to discover some of Almaty’s best places to shop.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Daily Life Tour in Almaty

Daily Life Tour in Almaty

Witnessing the daily lives of its locals is the best way to become acquainted with Almaty. There are many places to observe the city’s vibrant daily life, including the Central Mosque, Gorky Park and the War Memorial. Take this tour to discover the best spots to enjoy the daily life in Almaty.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Even though no longer the capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty is still the country's largest metropolis, trading and cultural hub with many attractions worth visiting. The most notable local sights include the Central State Museum, showcasing the history of Kazakhstan, both as part of the Soviet Union and an independent state. In the heart of the city is Panfilov Park, dominated by the...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Nightlife Tour in Almaty

Nightlife Tour in Almaty

Almaty offers a rich selection of late night entertainment that is sure to please anyone. Whatever you are up to, cocktails, dancing or music, you can find it here. Take this tour to explore the great nightlife Almaty has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Almaty for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Almaty has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Almaty, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.