NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh National Museum will open a 3D multimedia hall Aug. 29, the eve of the nation’s Constitution Day, to enhance visitors’ impressions of the history of the Great Steppe.
The 240-square metre hall will include tours with a virtual guide, spherical 3D panoramas of sacred places and interactive books featuring historical exhibits and unique cultural monuments.
“In this area, there are a special display and also a touch pad. They are connected between each other and show most of the jewellery made of gold and silver, bronze, iron and paintings, as well as a 3D-tour of Kazakhstan’s historical sights,” museum excursion guide Madina Ybraiym told kazakh-tv.kz.
“We have such special jets; that is, such cars with helmets in which you can conduct a tour of virtual reality. Then the final part, a technology called keif. It broadcasts a special video on the surface of the walls,” she added.
The new hall was built to increase interest in Kazakh history among younger generations and foreign tourists. Guided tours will be available in English, Kazakh and Russian and the space will be available for exhibitions, educational programmes and research initiatives.
The National Museum, opened July 2, 2014, is a scientific and cultural centre and the largest museum in Central Asia. As it celebrates its fifth anniversary, it is planning additional thematic exhibitions and festivals by the end of the year.
The museum has eleven halls with more than 500 exhibits that reflect the country’s long path of development. Many Kazakh funds and expeditions helped to collect the exhibits.
As one climbs the museum’s seven floors, history slowly changes from ancient to modern. Visitors can see original gold jewellery from ancient times and a reconstructed statue of the famous Altyn Adam (Golden Man) in Gold Halls 1 and 2. It also includes Ancient and Medieval History, history, ethnography and Independent Kazakhstan halls and Astana and contemporary art halls 1 and 2.
The museum has a conference hall for 300 people, a library for workers and a research institute.