Anatomical Museum
Anatomical Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Abai Street, 103 Building 3, The Teaching and Clinical Center Building, Semey 070000 Kazakhstan
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1 review
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Andrew M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2018 • Family
The Semey State Medical University is located at 103 Abay Street. This is a popular bus route, and there is a bus stop in front of the University. The University building is designed in Soviet style architecture, and is painted yellow, which makes it stand out from other nearby buildings.There are actually three museums on the university compound, but you will not see any signs that advertise their existence.

As this is a University, there is no guarantee that access will be granted. We visited in summer when the University was on break, but still seemed to have many persons inside. On entering the building, we told the guard that we were interested in seeing the museum (Muzey in Russian) and he led us on a short walk to the doors which opened to the courtyard which was opposite the entrance doors. Here you will see a brown tiled fountain, with a sculpture of a snake winding itself around a chalice. Walk on the slightly uneven brick path which leads to Building # 3. This building is white, and has a green and white covered entrance area. The name of the building is "The Teaching and Clinical Centre". The name is displayed above the door in Kazakh,Russian and English.There were no staff at the lobby, but we heard voices down the corridor to our left, so headed in this direction, and luckily met the lady in charge of the area.

She called a lab assistant, who had the keys to the room, and we were allowed to view all exhibits with the only instruction being "No Photos". There were many exhibits of dissected babies which were deformed in many different ways.The most striking exhibits are in jars to the left of the room, as there are conjoined twins, a baby with one eye (cyclops) and a baby with the top of it's head cut off, with swollen eyes and mouth wide open. The room was divided into different areas e.g. cardiovascular system, internal organs, respiratory system. Some of the exhibits have english translation. We regret not being able to communicate with the lab assistant,to ask questions, but she didn't speak any English.

The exhibits are not only from Semey, but from all over the country. The first thought may be that the displays are the result of the radiation exposure from nuclear tests carried out at the Polygon (also known as the Semipalatnisk Test site) which is over 100 kilometers south west of Semey. This may not be the case as this is a room that is used for teaching students, but I am sure that a few of them relate to radiation exposure. We had visited the Polygon test site a few days before and viewed the "first lightning" test site and Chagan (atomic) lake.

We asked to view the other museums in the main University Building i.e. Building 9 Manshuk Mametova museum- female machine gunner in WW2 and Building 10, which is a peace museum-Semipalatnisk test site, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but were unable to gain access. This may have been due to us not speaking the local language, or the fact that the museums may have been closed for summer.
Written 19 September 2018
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