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Central State Museum of Kazakh Republic is one of the largest museums in Central Asia.
Acquisition of it's collections started in thirties of the XIXth c. in Orenburg. One of
the founders of the Museum was a noted linguist, the author of the "Explanatory
Dictionary" Vladimir Dal. Later museum funds included collections of the museums of
Semirechye region, Museum of Cossak Army and Rebublic Anti-religious Museum.
In 1931 Museum opened it's doors. It was located in the Cathedral- a unique
architectural complex, planned by famous architect A.P.Zenkov and built in 1904-1907. The
Cathedral was one of a few borne a destroying Verny earthquake in 1911.
The modern edifice of the museum , planned by architects J.Ratushny, Z.Mustafina and
B.Rzagaliev, was built in 1985. It is rightfully considered to be one of the magnificent
buildings of the modern architecture of our city. The total space of the museum is
17557 sq. metres.
Three storeys of the building accomodate exhibition galleries and four
exposition halls, which present only one tenth part of the large
museum's collection. Today museum funds numbers of approximately 200 thousand items
of material and spiritual culture.