The first part of the exhibition displays gold and bronze archeological discoveries, and focuses on nomadic tribes such as the Saks, Wusuns, Huns and Kangujs. Along with various other interesting items, you can see paleographical relics - fragments of clay tablets with Kultobe inscriptions, that are the oldest known Sogdian texts. These inscriptions provide historical information that was unknown until their discovery; the scientific and historical value of this finding exceeds Kazakh borders and bears a huge significance for ethnogenesis and the political history of nomadic peoples in the whole of Eurasia.

Another section of the exhibition represents traditional Kazakh culture. At the centre of the collection is a yurt (kiiz ui, felt house), a unique piece of architecture, which is a structure made of wood and hides with a felt insulation layer and traditional decorations. The advantages of such a dwelling are the convenient availability of materials, and its simple and fast assembly and disassembly, ensuring its mobility during the periods of seasonal migration of the nomads living and working in the pastures. These criteria were crucial for the survival of the Kazakhs still living in the traditional way.

The exhibition also displays everyday items, such as household tools and goods, horse harnesses, utility and artistic items, examples of traditional costumes, furniture, dishes, utensils and carpets. All these items demonstrate the uniqueness of the nomadic culture, and are placed in harmony with the traditional spatial layout in the yurt. The presentation of this nomadic culture aims to show the uniqueness of the thousand-year-long survival strategy of nomadic the people, who were able to adapt themselves to the most severe natural conditions present in the Kazakh Central Asian area.

Opening hours

Monday 10:00  -  18:00
Tuesday 10:00  -  18:00
Wednesday 10:00  -  18:00
Thursday 10:00  -  18:00
Friday 10:00  -  18:00
Saturday 10:00  -  18:00
Sunday 10:00  -  18:00

There are currently no permanent exhibitions in the Historical building of the National Museum.

Permanent exhibitions will open gradually to visitors during 2020.

It is possible to visit exhibitions stated bellow on this page, the Pantheon and its gallery, the dome and the hall with the skeleton of the whale.

VIEWING OF THE DOME:

Due to the limited capacity of the dome, tickets cannot be purchased in advance, but only on the day of the visit, on presentation of a valid ticket to the museum. Viewing of the cupola is allowed only after purchasing a ticket for a particular time at the museum's cash desk.

Visitors are admitted to the cupola in groups at 30 minute intervals between 10:30 and 17:30.

Due to the character of the building and its technical capacity, access to the dome is not barrier-free

Entrance fees

Entrance of the exhibition without reservation.

HISTORICAL BUILDING

Full 260 CZK
Reduced Reduced admission fee:
- For senior citizens over the age of 60;
- holders of ISIC or ITIC cards
- children from 6 to 15 years
- high school and university students upon presentation of a student identity card
170 CZK
Family Family
- For adults with children –max. 2 adults and 3 children

440 CZK
School excursions School excursions
- 3 members of the teaching staff free of charge

40 CZK / person

Groups: 10% discount from the standard admission fee – for an organised group of 30 or more people with collective paymen (except for school groups).

Free admission: Children up to 6 years; children from children’s homes or SOS children’s villages; holders of physical disability cards (ZTP, ZTP/P and people accompanying them); ICOM, the National Museum Society; holders of the Benefit card of the European GNSS Agency – the Ministry of Transport, Prague Card.

Filming, taking photos (no flash) for noncommercial use – free with valid ticket.

The ticket must be kept for the duration of the visit.

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