Learn a lot by visiting Tuvan National Museum. It was built in 1929 with help of the State Hermitage, Russian Museum, Mineral Museum, Zoology Museum of USSR by Science Academy, the All-Union Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, the Exhibition Departments of Moscow and Leningrad and others.
Museum collections include exhibits reflecting an existance of the Tuvans and other ethnic groups of Tuva. Also, there are collections of minerals and evidence of other natural resources of the republic.
It’s quite interesting to look at and learn samples of cult Shaman instruments, Buddhist and Orthodox relics and evidence of the activities of spiritual representatives, examples of Tuvan stone-cutting art, documents, books and other interesting historical collections.
In the museum you can visit the archive, the scientific library, get acquainted with the expert group, see the restoration workshops for metal, wood, painting, and stone.
The main museum exhibit had being kept there after the excavations of the Arzhaan-2 mound, Uyuk burial in the valley of the river Uyuk in the spurs of the Western Sayan in the Piy-Khem district. For the first time in 1997, scientists investigated the grave of the Scythian leader of the second half of the 7th century BC. e., and later in 2001-2003, the representatives of the Russian-German expedition conducted archaeological excavations.
Surprisingly, more than 20 kg of gold items of everyday and cultic nature, made in “animal style” with the highest jewelry art, remained untouched. The republican museum has the bulk of the items, the other part – in the State Hermitage.