Address: Kostanay, Altynsarin Str., 118 А. Теl - (87142) 54-58-17; 53-03-64
Kostanay regional memorial museum named after Ibray Altynsarin was opened on the 9th December 1991, by order of the Head of the State Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan on culture E.Rakhmadiev. The event was timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the great educator and writer, to honour his memory. Specifically for the museum, was built a beautiful building based on the project of the chief architect of Kostanay Kuchikov Khadzhimurat, resembling a yurta, harmoniously combining national lines with classics in its architecture. The museum is located in the historic-architectural part of the city, next to the boarding school named after I.Altynsarin for gifted, founded by the writer in 1884 in the area of Urdabay. The museum building consists of two parts – the first is the exact copy of the school, opened by Ibray Altynsarin. Inside there is a memorial class of the writer and administrative offices. The second building – two storeys building in the form of a yurt, displays two stationary exhibitions – “Ibray Altynsarin is a teacher-educator" and “Creative laboratory of the national writer of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mariyam Khakimzhanova". The total area of the museum is 818, 1 sq m.
Museum personnel spent a lot of effort to refill the fund. They have worked in the archives of Almaty, Omsk, Orsk, Orenburg, and Saint Petersburg. The citizens of Kostanay and its regions made contribution in gathering of materials needed to study the life of Altynsarin.
Delegation under the name of “Agitation train", consisting of poets, teachers, cultural workers, including the staff of the museum, public figures, visited the places, where I.Altynsarin lived and worked. The ultimate goal of the agitation train was to establish a memorial plate at the former building of the Border Commission in Orenburg, where little Ibray had studied.
The museum fund reserves 11820 exhibits, from the capital fund 10190 units. The museum contains books about the life and work of the writer, his personal belongings, I.Altynsarin's books, models of his school, photographs, and memories. Exhibits reflect not only the life and work of Altynsarin, but also the history of formation and development of the public education system in Kazakhstan. Being of school inspector of Turgay region, I.Altynsarin helped on opening of four central two year colleges', five township schools, two colleges for children from Russian villages. He was at the forefront of female and craft apprenticeship as evidenced by unique photographs, archival documents in the museum. The most valuable thing of the exhibits is almost the only remaining belongings of the poet – cover bedding weaved from pure wool, belonging to the family of Altynsarin. Also it is possible to find the original book “Shariat-ul-islam" in the museum. This manual on doctrine was prepared by I.Altynsarin with the purpose of neutralizing rigid influence of fanatical mullahs. Also you can find a rich jewellery collection in the halls – women's jewellery made by skilful Kazakh masters-jewellers. The museum has interesting materials about prominent educators, cultural figures, poets and akyns, the graduates of Altynsarin School.
The second exhibition is devoted to the famous poetess, the national writer of the RK, Ibray Altynsarin's relative – Mariyam Khakimzhanova. After her death, in 1995 her office, with all objects, which she used during her lifetime, in short, everything that it remembers the warmth of her hand, were donated to the museum by the son of Mariyam –Atymtay Khakimzhanov.
The employees of the museum conducted research work on restoring a more complete history of the pedagogical heritage of Ibray Altynsarin, his followers and the development of education in the area as a whole. In addition, the museum is engaged in cultural and educational activities.
Museum personnel have contacts with many schools, museums, archives and other scientific, cultural and educational organisations of the region and republic. Exploring new facets of life and work of the teacher continues.