Museum of Kazakh Instruments

Trip Start Sep 30, 2007
Trip End Dec 30, 2007

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

We finally made it to the Museum of Kazkah Musical Instruments on Tuesday.  The museum is housed in a beautiful old wooden building at the eastern end of Ascension Park. We had to pay 200 Tenge ($2) each to get in and walked through three rooms of instruments behind glass panels. The lights seemed to be turned off, and there where no 'interactive' displays. Given the incredible history of the instruments, dombra (2 string mandolin), kobuz (2 string violin), drums and rattles, it was disappointing that the displays hadn't come into the 20th century. Especially given the ludicrous amounts of money spent in other areas around the city. Each instrument had a facinating history, with photos of it's owners and it wouldn't have taken much at all to make the display really engaging.

 The Deloitte representative that Tory interviewed on Monday indiacted that some foreign companies are even buying these poorly maintained museums and art galleries and re-doing them themselves so that they can inject new life into the culture. It is amazing the amount of   brilliant artists who are displaying their work just on street corners. There is one little old lady across from Kimep  (University) who does such good replicas of Monet that you could not tell the differences.
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