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

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.
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Museums & Galleries Tour, Part II Map

Guide Name: Museums & Galleries Tour, Part II
Guide Location: Kyrgyzstan » Bishkek (See other walking tours in Bishkek)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Zoological Museum
  • Sailmaluu Tash Art Gallery
  • Frunze House-Museum
  • Open Air Sculpture Museum
  • Gallery of Fine Arts
Zoological Museum

1) Zoological Museum (must see)

The Zoological Museum is a small museum housed in the Science Academy, which is located in the center of the city. There are reptiles, birds, mammals, and other animals native to Kyrgyzstan on display. You can also see exotic species and even live reptiles here.
Sailmaluu Tash Art Gallery

2) Sailmaluu Tash Art Gallery

Sailmaluu Tash Art Gallery, also called Saimalytash, displays and sells handmade pottery and copies of the 3,000-year-old petroglyph found at Saimalytash, a historic site in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. You can view the original petroglyph, but there is an excellent replica at Saimalytash, conveniently located in the center of the city.
Frunze House-Museum

3) Frunze House-Museum (must see)

At the Frunze House-Museum you can learn more about Bishkek and the Soviet invasion of 1917. Mikhail Frunze was a Red Army general and a Bolshevik revolutionist. He successfully put down local rebellions after the revolution. Mikhail Frunze became a Soviet hero. The city itself carried his name for a period and became Bishkek only in 1991. The museum welcomes visitors on Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
Open Air Sculpture Museum

4) Open Air Sculpture Museum (must see)

The Open Air Sculpture Museum is located in Oak Park in the center of Bishkek. There are some very strange figures here. The museum was established in 1984 on the 60th anniversary of the Kyrgyz Republic. The sculptures on display were created by artists from the former Soviet Union and were designed around the theme of “Peace and Labor”.
Gallery of Fine Arts

5) Gallery of Fine Arts (must see)

The Gallery of Fine Arts is a very large gallery that displays the best of Kyrgyz art. There are numerous halls that feature a variety of art. You should especially visit the hall that exhibits traditional Kyrgyz folk art, portraits, applied arts and contemporary work from Russian and former Soviet republic artists. The traditional Kyrgyz embroidery exhibit is also worth a look. This exhibit showcases different hand-crafted items made by local women. There are also halls with Egyptian and Greek statues and artwork from India. The museum is open every day except Monday from 10 AM until 6 PM.

Walking Tours in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Create Your Own Walk in Bishkek

Create Your Own Walk in Bishkek

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bishkek 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.
Bishkek Shopping Tour

Bishkek Shopping Tour

Bishkek offers an amazing shopping experience, as you can find a variety of interesting local products, such as uniquely-designed Kyrgyz rugs, handmade pottery and jewelry made with semiprecious stones from the mountains in the area. Take this self-guided tour to explore the stores, boutiques and markets of Bishkek.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Museums & Galleries Tour, Part I

Museums & Galleries Tour, Part I

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.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Bishkek Introduction Walking Tour

Bishkek Introduction Walking Tour

Set against the backdrop of Central Asia's Tian Shan mountains at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level, Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, abounds in spacious squares, wide boulevards, marble-faced public buildings and multiple monuments reflecting the country's history including, primarily, the Soviet period. These and other prominent sights make up this tour and allow visitors to...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles
Cultural Venues in Bishkek

Cultural Venues in Bishkek

Bishkek is the cultural center of Kyrgyzstan. The city has a wide variety of theaters, operas, cinemas and libraries. Russia had a profound impact on Kyrgyzstan's culture, which you will notice on this tour. Come explore the rich culture of Bishkek and the Kyrgyz people.

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

Monuments Tour

There are many monuments in Bishkek dedicated to important people who have played a significant role in shaping the history and culture of Kyrgyzstan. A number of these monuments are dedicated to Soviet leaders. This self-guided tour will lead you to Bishkek's most famous monuments.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles