State History Museum, Bishkek

3.2
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Explore the nation's Soviet history at State History Museum, a huge modernist cubic building in Bishkek's main square. Formerly the top-notch Lenin Museum, the institution still displays a collection of colorful realist murals carrying explicit political messages and pastoral socialist scenes. Life-sized bronze statues of Marx and Engels and socialist-realism figural compositions juxtapose the ethnography and archeology section on the top floor. A full-size model yurt and a mannequin horse here keep company to numerous busts of Lenin, mammoth teeth, and a collection of Kyrgyz kalpaks. Photos document the museum's rich trove of Scythian gold, but originals are kept in the safe. Arrange to visit State History Museum and other attractions in Bishkek using our Bishkek online trip planner .
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  • This building is located in a good location on the north side of Arato Square. The aisle surrounding the square building in the afternoon was a shadow and the environment was easy to spend, and a lot of couples were relaxing.
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  • My review is rated based not on the content of the museum, but on the fact that the museum is not open to the public. The website said the museum hours would be from 10 to 3, but I had arranged to go ...  more »
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  • The whole museum is closed! Might have been a good idea to update website and Google Maps to let people know, DUH
  • The building and the surrounding area is beautiful and you will find people around.. I didn't get a chance to go inside the museum, planning to do it next time.. the statues outside the museum are beautiful too..
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