Museums & Galleries Tour, Part I (Self Guided), Bishkek

There are many interesting museums in Bishkek, the largest city in the former Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic. Visit the history museum, which teaches about the city and country's fascinating past. Also be sure to see the unusual open air museum that features sculptures by masters from all over the former Soviet Union. Take this self-guided tour to visit the most popular museums in Bishkek.
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Museums & Galleries Tour, Part I Map

Guide Name: Museums & Galleries Tour, Part I
Guide Location: Kyrgyzstan » Bishkek (See other walking tours in Bishkek)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 4
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Gallery-M
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Mineralogical Museum
  • National History Museum

1) Gallery-M

Gallery-M showcases Kyrgyz art. Here you can browse or buy the beautiful paintings, sculptures and traditional Kyrgyz carpets on display. Everything in this gallery is made by local Kyrgyz artists.
Archaeological Museum

2) Archaeological Museum (must see)

The Archaeological Museum of Bishkek is located in the Academy of Science. Here you can see archaeological remains found in the surrounding area. There are ancient pottery, sculptures and religious items on display. The museum does an excellent job illuminating the history and heritage of Bishkek.
Mineralogical Museum

3) Mineralogical Museum (must see)

The Mineralogical Museum is a small, specialist museum that displays Kyrgyzstan's natural resources. There are exhibits of rocks and minerals found in the mountains around Kyrgyzstan. Splendid crystals are also on display.
National History Museum

4) National History Museum (must see)

The National History Museum is the main museum in Bishkek. It is located in the very center of the city on the main square. It used to be called the Lenin Museum during the Soviet era. The museum now has a collection that tells the history of how Kyrgyzstan became an independent state. There are also exhibits dedicated to Lenin and Askar Akayev, Kyrgzystan's former president. The museum also highlights the folk traditions of Kyrgyz and its pre-Soviet history.

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Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
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Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Museums & Galleries Tour, Part II

Museums & Galleries Tour, Part II

There are several art galleries in Bishkek, most of which are gallery-shops so you can buy the art that you like. These galleries display traditional and contemporary Kyrgyz art: paintings, pottery, ceramics and more. Take this self-guided tour to gain a better understanding of Kyrgyz art.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles
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Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
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