Museums of Bishkek
In terms of museums Bishkek has something to offer too and this piece of our Bishkek Atlas guide will be dedicated to them. Bishkek Atlas was inspired by one of the best Russian media, Meduza. So here's our set of museums in Bishkek worth visiting.
Gapar Aitiev National Fine Arts Museum
One of the most interesting museums in Bishkek is located on Abdrahmanov street. The museum organizes some of the most popular exhibitions in Bishkek and events like Night at the Museum, which gathers a lot of Bishkek citizens and guests. There are eleven halls in the museum, three of which have permanent exhibitions.
Open-air Sculpture Museum
There are two items in this list, which are probably already familiar to you. This is one of them. And it's because this open-air museum is located in Dubovy Park, which is in our list of 12 must-see places in Bishkek. Founded in 1984 this open-air museum now has over 200 works of Kyrgyz sculptors distributed around. So next time you're in Dubovy Park, don't forget it also has a unique open-air sculpture museum.
203, Chuy ave.
Tue to Sun 9 am to 6 pm
+996 (312) 626 090
National History Museum
Another item from our list of 12 must-see places in Bishkek. This is one of the largest museums in Central Asia with its first exhibition going back to March 5, 1927. 8,000 square-meter building has over 90,000 items in its collection, many of which are a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Want to learn more about the history of the Kyrgyz Republic? This is your museum.
40, Manas ave., 2nd floor
Mon to Sat 9 am to 6 pm
+996 (557) 555 025
+996 (550) 551 293
Fee: free of charge
Founded in 1991 Gallery M is a small exhibition hall with the works of Kyrgyz artists — both contemporary and classic. Another fact, which makes this gallery unique is that it is private unlike all other places in this list.
50, Togolok Moldo str.
Mon to Fri 9 am to 6 pm
+996 (312) 324 854
Fee: free of charge
Sadykov National Academy of Arts Museum
Over 200 works of Turgunbai Sadykov, a famous Kyrgyz sculptor, are awaiting you in this museum named after him. This is a young museum, it was founded in late 2015 and its opening was dedicated to the sculptor's 80th anniversary. He is still working and currently is a head of the National Academy of Arts.
Museum of Zoology
You will meet a national symbol right at the entrance to this museum — there is a sculpture of a snow leopard. Kyrgyz Republic is a homeland to the latter and is actively taking actions to protect them. There are three halls in this museum and they present different animals, insects, birds and other representatives of the Kyrgyz Republic's fauna — there are over 1,500 items in the museum's collection.
164, Chui ave., 2nd floor
Work hours: register in advance
+996 (552) 733 330
+996 (705) 733 340
Fee: free of charge
Museum of Mineralogy
This is not the most popular museum as you've probably already figured out — yes, you even have to call and register in advance to pay a visit. The museum is not very large too, but it has collections of rare rocks and crystals, which make this museum worth visiting.
Frunze Memorial House
Mihail Frunze was a soviet state figure — Bishkek once used to be named after him. The museum was built around the house Frunze was born in 1885. The largest part of the museum is dedicated to Frunze's life. Still, sometimes the museum organizes different exhibitions not related to its main exhibition.
Kyrgyz Artists Union Exhibition Hall
The exhibition hall of the Kyrgyz Artists Union often presents different exhibitions of both local and foreign artists. And it is located in Dubovy Park next to another item in this list. You will see some art-benches right in front. Make sure you don't forget to pay a visit next time you are in the park, chances are you will find an interesting exhibition there.