Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Visiting this museum is probably the best way to obtain a solid and uninterrupted picture of what Kazakhstan was long time ago, where it is now, and what its prospects are for the future.
Among the exhibitions of particular interest is the Open Fund of Archaeological Gold of Kazakhstan - a great collection of golden pieces of art, found in various Kurgans, burial hills of ancient Saka and Skithians.
Other collections include pre-historic and ancient history departments, antropology and archaeology halls, old photographs and manuscripts, coins and ceramics, as well as paintings and handcrafts.
A huge part of the museum is devoted to the 20th century when most of its collections were put together. These include the Civil War, 1920-1930s, the collectivization, industrial revolution in the Soviet Union, Second World War, space programs, years before and after independence, and activities of the first President of independent Kazakhstan, N. Nazarbayev.
The museum has a favorable location and can be reached by foot after visiting the Republic Square and Presidential Palace and park.