Museum of Instruments
Built by the same architect – Andrey Zhenkov – and just next to the Ascension Cathedral, this charming wooden house is also one of the few to have survived the 1911 earthquake. Now home to an impressive 100-plus instruments, this is a must-visit for the culturally-curious. Most are string instruments – 60 of which are of Kazakh origin – and each one is different and beautifully hand-crafted. The most famous instrument, though – and of which there are many examples – is the dombra, central to all Kazakh celebrations and said to be over 2,000 years old. The visit isn’t a long one, unless you stay for a demonstration, which one of the staff will happily give for a few hundred tenge more. It is also possible to arrange tours in English.