The history of A. Kasteyev State Museum of Arts began in 1935, when the former Government of Kazakhstan issued a decree as of September 23 about organizing the Kazakh State Art Gallery. Special attention in this decree was paid to the 15th Anniversary of Kazakh Socialist Soviet Republic Art Exhibition. Many art works of this exhibition were purchased and became the original base of our collection.
In 1965 the Government of Kazakhstan took a decision to provide the Gallery with own buidling. Museum's building was designed by Kazakhstan architects Elsa Kuznetsova, Olga Naumova and Boris Novikov. In 1976 the Kazakh Art Gallery was renamed into State Art Museum of Kazakhstan. Republican Museum of Applied Art also joined the Museum. New museum's building was opened for visitors on September 16, 1976. In January 1984 the Museum was named after Abylkhan Kasteyev, People Artist of Kazakhstan (1904-1973).
Currently, the A. Kasteyev State Art Museum of Kazakhstan is the largest art museum and the country's leading research and cultural and educational center in the field of fine arts.
Rich, diverse, precious collection gives a vivid picture of the artistic culture of Kazakhstan, Europe and Asia, the masters of past ages and the present time. Number of exhibits of the main fund of the museum is more than 25 000 units.
The museum has nine research centers: the fine arts of Kazakhstan, arts and crafts Kazakhstan, classic foreign art, foreign art new time, funds, restoration, exhibitions and expositions, tour services and advocacy, information and publishing activities.Today, the museum becomes the center of attraction of new cultural initiatives. Broad and diverse contacts Museum Art allow, along with a permanent exhibition, regularly organized solo exhibitions of works of masters of Kazakhstan, as well as artists and abroad, exhibitions of private collections, which cause huge interest lovers of fine arts (more than 80 exhibitions per year).
One of the main objectives of the museum is to promote and popularize the museum treasures, attracting a larger number of spectators, to a greater extent the needs of the population to become familiar with the phenomena of the world especially popular artistic life.
The main forms of work are: the active involvement of the museum of different age and social groups of visitors, thematic and sightseeing tours whose purpose is to provide a high artistic level of the museum's collection; lectures with rich illustrative material cycle is designed for 4-5 months.
A. Kasteyev Museum leads in addition to the research work of restoration and educational activities are organized every year international, national scientific conferences, seminars and round tables. Science museum staff make presentations not only at national but also at international conferences.
Fundamental studies are the basis of monographs and other publications.
Problems in the Study of fine and decorative art sanctified regularly in the press, on television.
Tasks of the museum for the future are a further rise in the value of the museum as the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, an important research center for the Study of fine and decorative arts.