The Museum of Archeology is a cultural division of the Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan.
The museum owes its foundation to several generations of archaeologists and scientists of Kazakhstan, who since the 1920s have been searching, studying and preserving unique materials. Based on this collection of materials from excavations of burial grounds of different eras - from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages with samples of ceramics, glass and coins belonging to the peoples of the Saks and Usuns, the Archaeological Museum in Almaty was opened in 1973.
Look out for the Golden Man and the Berel Horse. The Golden Man (also known as the Issyk Golden Man) is one of the outstanding archaeological finds in Kazakhstan. It was discovered in the late 1960s. The burial mound was repeatedly robbed before this date but surprisingly one burial chamber remained intact and in it were the remains of a Saka warrior in golden robes. In total, more than 4,000 gold leaf ornaments were sewn on the warrior’s clothes. In the same chamber gold weapons, rings and ceramics were found. The find dates back to the 5th and 6th centuries BC. Subsequently, the "Golden Man", sitting astride a winged snow leopard, became a symbol of Kazakhstan. A copy is exhibited in the Kazakh Museum of Archeology while the original has been sent to be stored at the State Museum of Gold and Precious Stones in the region’s capital, Nur-Sultan.
If you have children don’t miss the Museum of Nature, which includes several reconstructed dinosaur skeletons.