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Aldan-Maadyr National Museum of the Republic of Tuva


Tuva Republic
Titova str. 30, Kyzyl
Phones: +73942222804
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The entire history and culture of the Tuvan people from ancient times to the present day.


Buddhist attributes and the collection of manuscripts and woodcuts in Tibetan (over 20 000 items) and Old Mongolian (over 900 items) are exhibited in our museum. The pearl of Buddhist collection is the Sacred Buddhist relics, which include 36 storage units: ashes from the cremation site of Shakyamuni Buddha, pieces of clothing and relics of Buddhist Saints.
Museum visitors have the opportunity to get acquainted with the unique works of a talented young artist Nadia Rusheva, as well as with the works of her father, a decorator Nikolai Rushev, handed over to the museum by his wife, the first ballerina of Tuva, Natalia Azhykmaa-Rusheva. The unique talent of the young artist is highly appreciated by art experts from all over the world.
All of the above mentioned collections are not a tenth part of the wealth of our museum, which includes both ethnographic and natural science, archaeological and many other collections. Only in our museum you can see the rarest postage stamps, banknotes, orders, medals and state symbols of the Tuvan People's Republic (1921-1944), unique masterpieces of Western European and Russian paintings, works of decorative and applied art, which include works of Tuvan craftsmen, stock materials (herbaria and stuffed animals) on the flora and fauna of Tuva, as well as samples of minerals, and much more.
Visit our museum and discover all the wealth of Tuva!


Invaluable archaeological finds from the most ancient Scythian kurgan Arzhaan (9th -8th centuries B.C.) and the only not looted Scythian kurgan Arzhaan-2 (the 2nd half of the 7th century B.C.) were explored on the territory of Tuva. The decorations of the nomadic Rulers made in a delicate jewelry style fascinate with the skills of ancient craftsmen. Over 4000 golden decorations from these mounds are exhibited in all their splendour in the permanent exhibition "Treasures of the Valley of the Kings of Tuva".
M. B. Kenin-Lopsan, holder of an Advanced Doctorate in History and researcher of Tuvan shamanism, made a huge contribution to the creation of the museum's shamanic collection. This unique collection of shamanic attributes is a significant part of the world's shamanic heritage. In 1994 M.B. Kenin-Lopsan was awarded the honorary title of "Living Treasure of Shamanism" by Foundation for Shamanic Studies.