Astana - Museum of the First President of Kazakhstan
The Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan began its work on 4 July 2005 in the building of the former residence of the Head of State, one of the most beautiful buildings in the city of Astana. The unique decorative pieces and the interiors that make up the entire complex have been preserved intact. The museum’s exhibitions show the main stages of the formation of sovereign Kazakhstan and tell of the life and work of our country’s first president.
The first exhibition room opens with a map of the vast Kazakh land and the ceremony of the swearing-in of the first President of Kazakhstan. The museum’s scientific and referential, systematised system of recording and preservation corresponds to the level of world-class museums. Currently, the museum houses more than 60 thousand exhibits, including manuscripts and printed matter, films and photographs, works of fine, decorative and applied art, weapons, personal items, documents and a collection of awards of the first President of Kazakhstan. The museum’s collection includes gifts and awards presented to the Kazakh President by foreign heads of state and government, international organisations and foundations, leading world companies and citizens of our republic. The exhibits are of interest both as priceless relics and as remarkable works of art.
A number of scientific works by the head of state himself and a number of prominent personalities of our time have found their worthy place here. Many of them are unique because they have autographs.
There is archival material about the path from a simple metallurgist to the head of state and about historical moments connected with the great world of work in the cities of Dneprodzerzhinsk, Temirtau and Karaganda.
In Museum 1 and 2, the President’s reception rooms and his study have been preserved intact.
Today, the Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Astana has become a prestigious research, educational and cultural centre, which has become one of the attractions of the capital of our country.
Everyone knows the historical fact of the fateful transfer of the capital to Astana during the creation of the young state and how difficult the president’s decision was. Today Astana is the pride of Kazakhstan, a symbol of state unification and an embodiment of the national idea. Kazakhstan’s development is closely linked to the future of the capital, which is rightly an element of the country’s new image. The exhibits of this museum in Astana tell about the stages of the formation of independent Kazakhstan and the role of the country’s first president in these transformations.