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    Lake Burabay -- Kazakhstan's Switzerland" -- NOT!!

    by Over60 Updated Jan 9, 2009

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    Lonely Planet says iit's sometimes described as Kazakhstan's Switzerland, but it might be better described as Kazakhstan's Cherokee--a tacky lakeside resort in my home state with nothing to offer except modestly attractive scenery and a lot of cheap shops and overweight tourists. (You can fill in the locale for your home region; these places exist everywhere.) You should go here only if you speak Kazakh or Russian and really enjoy sitting on overcrowded lakeside beaches with a lot of overweight people in skimpy swimsuits smoking cigarettes or strolling past a long row of hotels, improvised stand/restaurants and computerized shooting galleries in recycled steel containers. While it's easy to see that the place could appeal to people who live on the parched plains or the summer firebox that is Kazakhstan's capital, for outsiders there is just nothing interesting to see or do here except for walking some humdrum trails in the "mountains" (really just big hills).

    Unique Suggestions: This isn't on the way to anywhere, so you have to plan to go there. DON'T!!
    If you somehow find yourself here, I recommend the Hotel Nursat. Almost no English spoken but friendly and helpful staff and very nice accomodations--albeit at a rather high price.

    Fun Alternatives: The mountains of the south near Almaty and Shymkent offer the chance to see beauriful and largely unspoiled scenery without the distractions mof mass tourism.

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    by Pennyrama Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan
    Founded in early '30s in Almaty, the Central State Museum of RK presents four exhibition halls, displaying the age-long history of the country: the paleontology and archeology exhibition hall features findings of paleontologists at the ancient Kazakh settlements; second exposition hall displays historical and cultural exhibits from the XV to early XX century. There is a rich collection of articles of every-day life and applied folk arts, as well as a wide range of materials (photographic documents, pictures, etc.) of the pre-Revolutionary period. The third exhibition hall tells about the history and cultural heritage of the ethnic groups currently inhabiting Kazakhstan (the number of which exceeds 100 nationalities). The contemporary history of the independent country (Kazakhstan gained independence in 1991) is featured at the fourth exhibition hall.
    44 Microdistrict Samal-1,
    Almaty, 480099
    Tel: (3272) 642200

    The A. Kasteyev State Museum of Fine Arts
    A member to the International Union of Museums, the A.Kasteyev State Museum of Fine Arts features over 20,000 storage unique exhibitions of both Eastern and Western fine arts and arts history. Among the displayed units one can see paintings, graphics, sculptures, folk arts and crafts and much more.
    30A Satpaev str.,
    Almaty, 480070
    Tel: (3272) 478249, 476195

    The Republican Museum of Folk Musical Instruments
    Founded in 1980, the museum displays treasure antique Kazakh musical instruments. Among the museum exhibits are personal dombras of famous national poets, zhyrau and composers.
    24 Zenkova str.,
    Almaty, 480100
    Tel: (3272) 916326

    Other museums and Arts galleries in Kazakhstan


    ARK Gallery
    226 Furmanov str., 2nd floor
    Almaty, 480099
    Tel: (3272) 641855
    Fax: (3272) 641855

    The Central Army House of the Ministry of Defense
    24 Zenkov str.,
    Almaty, 480100
    Tel: (3272) 912784, 918853

    The House of Auezov
    185 Tulebaeva,
    Almaty, 480091
    Tel: (3272) 629274, 635917

    The Inkar Gallery
    Kaban-bai Batyr 164, room 214
    Ph. (3272) 503612, ext. 224

    Institute of Archeology after Margulana
    Dostyk 44, P.O. Box 139, Almaty, 480100
    Ph. (3272) 918663, 918585

    Kokserek Gallery
    13 P. Lumumby, room 2
    Almaty, 480057
    Tel: (3272) 442341

    Museum of Eugene Serdorkin
    92 Panfilov str., room 95
    Almaty, 480091
    Tel: (3272) 347128, 625785

    Myn Oi Gallery
    25 Microdistrict Taugul -1, room 10
    Almaty, 480042
    Tel: (3272) 554688, 654685

    Nits Gallery
    9Zh Tyan-Shanskaya str.,
    Almaty, 480002
    Tel: (3272) 304524

    Oko Gallery
    54 Zhibek-Zholy str.,
    Almaty, 480002
    Tel: (3272) 332697

    Oyu Art Gallery
    29/6 Satpaev str., pavilion 2
    Almaty, 480004
    Tel: (3272) 509591

    The Republican Museum of Book
    94 Kaban Bai Batyr str.,
    Almaty, 480100
    Tel: (3272) 622059

    The State Museum Complex of Mukanov and Musrepov
    125 Tulebaev str., room 3,
    Almaty, 480091
    Tel: (3272) 635912

    State Museum of Gold and Precious Stones
    44 Microdistrict Samal-1,
    Almaty, 480099
    Tel: (3272) 645455

    Ular Gallery of Modern Art
    29 Kurman-Gazy str., Floor 3
    Almaty, 480100
    Tel: (3272) 914773

    Voyager Exhibition/Gallery
    59 Baitursynov str.,
    Almaty, 480012
    Tel: (3272) 676779


    Aliya Moldagulova Memorial Museum
    7 Kereeva str.,
    Tel: (3132) 28583, 28584

    Historical Museum
    14 Communisticheskaya str.,
    Aktobe, 463022
    Tel: (3132)21367, 21368


    Historical Museum
    57 Oktyabrskaya str.,
    Astana , 473000
    Tel: (3172) 67866, 67928, 23676

    Saken Seifullin Museum
    78 Oktyabrskaya str.,
    Astana, 473000
    Tel: (3172) 60859, 60712


    Historical Museum
    14 Ordzhonikidze str,
    Atyrau, 465050
    Tel: (31222) 31442, 34655


    Historical Museum
    38 Erubaev str.,
    Tel: (3212) 571279, 576931, 571090

    Museum of Fine Arts
    76 Bukhar Zhyrau str.,
    Karaganda, 470032
    Tel: (3212) 432993


    Historical Museum
    115 Altynsarin str.,
    Kostanay, 458000
    Tel: (3142) 542649, 546932, 42516


    Historical Museum
    55Tole be str.,
    Taraz, 484039
    Tel: (32622) 32585


    Eastern Kazakhstan Historical Museum
    40 Uritskogo str.,
    Tel: (3232) 655460, 654933

    Eastern Kazakhstan Museum of Fine Arts
    65 Tohtarova str.,
    Ust-Kamenogorsk, 492025
    Tel: (3232) 655460, 654970

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