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Museum of folk musical instruments named after Ykhlas

Museum of folk musical instruments named after Ykhlas

One of the unique museums of musical instruments is Museum of folk musical instruments named after Ykhlas in Almaty, it was opened in 1981, and in 1990 the museum was assigned the name of Ykhlas Dukenuly.

There are 9 rooms in the museum, presenting national musical instruments of Kazakh folk and culture of more than 50 world countries.


The famous composer, academician Akhmet Zhubanov said: “The centuries-old wisdom of ancestors is hidden in the strings of folk instruments”.

Many types of Kazakh musical instruments are found in folk poetry, notes by historians and ethnographers. On the basis of these materials, musicologist, collector of Kazakh national musical instruments and performer on them, teacher, candidate of art history Bolat Sarybaev classified musical instruments of the Kazakh people, they are divided into the following categories (here musical instruments are presented according to his classification):

  • Noisemaker musical instruments;
  • Percussion musical instruments;
  • Stringed musical instruments;
  • Wind musical instruments;
  • Reed musical instruments.

Musical instruments in the fund of the museum are located in accordance with the classification in separate halls. Full information — manufacturing techniques, methods of playing and purposes of use, you will learn in the following halls.

The next part of the introductory hall is musical archeology. Here are the types and copies of musical instruments found in archaeological excavations.

The objects of musical archeology are visual evidence of the depiction of the history, culture, traditions and customs of our people. Notes on the medieval heritage found in the vastness of the Kazakh steppe can be found in the works of academician A.Kh. Margulan, explorer-traveler A.G. Medoev, writer-scientist A. Seydimbek, archaeologists K. Akishev and Z. Samashev, and others. 


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The museum’s structure

Dzhanibek Baurdzhan Uzbekalievich

Director of the museum

  • 291 63 37
  • imeniykhlasa@mail.ru

Kozhakhan Zhansaya Nurkhankyzy

Head of the Science department

  • 291 63 16
  • imeniykhlasa@mail.ru

Tashkenbayev Yersin Sultanuly

Senior research assistant

  • 291 63 16
  • imeniykhlasa@mail.ru

Kengesbek Balzhan Maratkyzy

Research worker

  • 291 63 16
  • imeniykhlasa@mail.ru

Sovetkhan Raushan Aibolkyzy

Research worker

  • 291 63 16
  • imeniykhlasa@mail.ru

Elenara Erikovna Aidarkhanova

Keeper of funds

  • 291 63 16
  • imeniykhlasa@mail.ru

For Visitors

Working Hours:

09:00 to 18:00, Tuesday – Saturday
10:00 to 19:00, Sunday

Price list:

Adults – 500 KZT Students – 300 KZT Secondary school students – 200 KZT Pensioners – 200 KZT Tour – 500 KZT

Contact Us:

+ 7272 91 69 17
+ 7272 91 63 16



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