First President's Museum
Learn about Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has served since 1990 at this comprehensive museum about him and his life. The museum displays unique archive documents, scientific materials, books written by Nazarbaev, gift collections, awards, and many other interesting items revealing the work of the first president of Kazakhstan. Opened in March 2005, it's a popular attraction. If you find yourself in the city with some time spare, visit this museum for a novelty of looking through the memorabilia of a head of state who has been operational in shaping the country.
The museum is housed in the former office of the President. He occupied this office till early 2000 after moving the capital from Almaty to Astana. The building itself resembles a yurt with a gleaming blue dome on top. It is hard to miss.
As the name suggests, the exhibits of the museum are mostly related to the President. Some exhibits also give you an insight into the country's struggle for independence and short history. You can see the former offices and dining room of the President; however, his chair and seat are cordoned to avoid any disrespectful behavior. Notable items on display include the presidential breastplate, gifts from heads of other states and the Golden Man warrior's suit. Be prepared to be surprised by some unusual gifts from some notorious names in modern history.
Good to know
The entry to the museum is free. Ask for a free English guide book, however, they do not always have stock. Photography is strictly prohibited inside the museum. So, make sure you keep your phones and cameras away.