Almaty Railway Museum is a technical museum in Almaty, dedicated to the appearance of the first railways in Kazakhstan and their current state
The museum was opened in 1999. The largest railway museum in Kazakhstan by area. The exposition of the museum is located in the premises of one of the buildings of the RSE “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy” complex. The Almaty Railway Museum or the Central Museum of Railway Transport of the Republic of Kazakhstan is one of the largest thematic collections in the country. The oldest copies date back to the nineteenth century. The collection continues to grow, and today contains more than 1,000 valuable items. The central part of the exhibition is occupied by a road of Kazakhstan recreated in miniature, which includes all railway stations and locomotives similar to the originals. The exposition was formed in 1999 on the basis of private investments of the Honored railway worker – B. Shormakov. Many citizens of the country learned about the opening, who brought their own things related to the history of the development of railway communication in Kazakhstan. A large contribution came from the Museum of the Virgin Railway. In 2004 The institution came under the leadership of Kazakhstan Railways. At the same time, it moved to a new more suitable room. December 15, 2010 – the second official opening took place. Starting from this moment, the complex is considered the largest in terms of area in its field.
The collection of items continues to be constantly replenished. The exhibition is presented on two floors. The collection has more than 1,200 exhibits, of which about 600 are exhibited on a permanent basis. At the entrance, visitors are greeted by a bronze bell of the early twentieth century, which hung at the oldest railway station in the city of Uralsk. It informed passengers about the arrival and departure of the locomotive. The space tells about life in this area before the appearance of trains here. The history was closely intertwined with the railway tracks, because they were laid in the same places where the “Silk Road” took place.
Here you will see paintings, maps of caravan routes, models of shopping carts, old photographs, national costumes, etc. The first construction works on the tracks date back to 1892, which is reflected on the original map of the “Railway, postal and steamship communications of the Russian Empire” of 1894. The Hall of Honored Transport Workers is located on the second floor. The belongings of labor veterans and historically important documents are arranged.