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House museum of Ahmet Baitursynuly

House museum of Ahmet Baitursynuly

House museum of XX century’s great reformer, public activist and statesman, scientist and linguist, poet and translator, scholar of the Turkish studies- Ahmet Baitursynuly was founded in 1993 in Almaty city.

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House museum consists of four rooms and one-room basement. The exhibition is located in three rooms and lecture hall in the other room. The basement is designated for the staff office of Ahmet Baitursynuly Fund and Museum. Museums’s fund has a collection of about 500 items on the theme of Baitursynuly’s life and work, 300 of which are original documents from the state archives, 12 personal and 27 collective photographs.

The first hall is called “The Revival of Spirituality”. It displays the distinction award “Coryphaeus of Kazakh Language” (original 1999) and a medal “Man of the Century” (copy, 1999. The original is kept in the Museum of  Kostanai State University of A.Baitursynuly).

The second hall is called “The light of Kazakh Thought”. There, all of the exhibits consist of archival   documents, which give an idea about the life journey of the scientist beginning with his school years. There are also the photographs of Kazakh-Russian school where Baitutsynuly studied, graduation certificate from Orenburg school, photograph of Akkol Lake (White Lake) which was so praised by the poet, and photograph of burial places of his father Baitusyn and his older brother Kali.

The exhibition hall has a collection of Baitursynuly’s textbooks: “Qırıq mısal / Forty fables”, “ Masa / Mosquito”, “Oku quraly / Linguistics” (3rd volume), “Til – qural / Work Book’’ (3rd volume), “Bayanshy”, “Er Saiyn”, “Älippe astar / ABC Book”, “Älippe /The New ABC Book”, “Sawataşqış / Reading and Writing”, “23 zhoktau”, Ädebïet tanıtqış/Literature theory, “Til zhumsar / Handbook for the Language (2nd volume).

The second hall has some interesting documents – “Telegram” to the Steppe Governor from Baitursynuly’s wife Alexandra Ivanovna (sent on August 5, 1909) and questionnaires filled in manually by A.Baitursynuly himself from the times when he was a statesman. In them he wrote down his birth date – September 5, 1872. The autobiography was filled in by hand by the scientist himself when he was a professor of the Kazakh State University.

There is more of valuable exhibits, like poet’s personal belongings: a pen case, a stamp, a seal, and an ink-pot. All of those things were presented to the museum by Samat Bektemisov – Ahmet Baitursynuly’s nephew.

The exposition has a model of a book “History of Culture” published in 1926. The book is divided into three parts. At that time the book was prohibited by the Bolshevik censorship. The model is a replica of scientist’s last book, as the original did not preserve to our days.

The third hall is called “The Victim of Political Repressions”. A great scientist and a citizen who devoted all of his life to native language, history and culture of the Kazakh people was convicted and repressed. This hall has a copy of a document “on the arrest” (an order) and a photograph of Baitursynuly before the execution.

From the third hall we go back to the first one. The right corner is furnished with Baitursunuly’s personal belongings: a chest that was given to the museum by Bibi Habikyzy whose mother was a friend to Ahmet’s family, and a suitcase that was presented to the museum by scientist Z.Otarbaev.

The artistic legacy of Baitursynuly is diligently studied and researched.

Close to 2000 scientific research articles, 50 monographs, materials from 15-16 international scientific conferences and 20 republican scientific conferences had been all dedicated to him. All of the abovementioned is kept in museum’s fund.

The museum has a library of 500 books, 250 literary journals, materials from the scientific conferences and newspaper files. It became a tradition to do “Readings of A.Baitursynuly” on his birthday.

In order to perpetuate the memory of the great scholar, poet, and statesman of the Kazakh Peoples A.Baitursynuly, the Institute of Linguistics at the National Academy of Science was named in his honor, as well as the streets in cities Almaty, Kostanai, Arkalyk, Kyzylorda, Semei, and schools and institutes. Republican scientific conferences had been all dedicated to him. All of the abovementioned is kept in museum’s fund.

The museum has a library of 500 books, 250 literary journals, materials from the scientific conferences and newspaper files. It became a tradition to do “Readings of A.Baitursynuly” on his birthday.

In order to perpetuate the memory of the great scholar, poet and statesman of the Kazakh Peoples A.Baitursynuly, the Institute of Linguistics at the National Academy of Science was named in his honor, as well as the streets in cities of Almaty, Kostanai, Arkalyk, Kyzylorda, Semei and schools and institutes.

The house-museum was transferred to the balance of the city on October 13, 2021 on the basis of the Resolution of the Akim of Almaty city B.A.Sagintayev №4/508.

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