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altAddress: Shevchenko Street, Almaty
The Academy of Sciences is a prominent educational institution in the country, and operates a few museums in the city. Two museums you would want to check out are the Museum of Archaeology and the Geological Museum.

When you face the Academy of Sciences from the North, you can see the impressive Zodiac Fountain to your left – this fountain adorns the park next to the academy, and contains 12 sculpted animals, each signifying one month according to the Eastern Calendar. It makes for some amazing photography from various different angles, where you can play with the sculptures, the academy, and the city street when composing then as background and foregrounds!

a.    Museum of Archaeology:
Address: 44 Dostyk Avenue, Almaty
Phone:  91 85 85
Timings: Mondays to Fridays 10 am to 5 pm

Running under the Academy of Sciences, this is a live lab-cum-study area for the students of the academy, as well as an open exhibit for any interested visitor. Displays pottery, sculptures, potshards, and ancient weapons and jewelry from the city’s prehistoric times to modern era. A replica of the famous Golden Man is also placed here.

b.    Geological Museum:
Address: 85 Dostyk Avenue, Almaty
Phone:  261 5883
Timings: Mondays to Fridays 10 am to 5 pm

The Geological Museum displays mineral specimens from around the country. These largely contain precious stones and gems, and display exhibits are quite interesting – rather than just stones on display, you can see modeled relief maps of the terrain where they are found, details on how they are excavated, and, through interactive touch-screen displays in English, learn a lot about the country’s geological richness in a short amount of time.
A small shop inside the building sells local jewelry and gems.


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