The Great Steppe exhibition – MV Guided Tours

The on-going exhibition at Muzium Negara is a fascinating look at the ancient history and culture of the nomadic peoples from the Eurasian Steppe. During the Iron Age, around the 9th century BCE to the 2nd century CE, the Scythian culture flourished in the steppes and the exhibition showcases many artefacts from this culture. The showpiece of the exhibition is Altyn Adam, the Golden Man. This is the name given to a skeleton discovered together with 4000 gold ornaments in 1969 in a burial mound near Issyk. It has become the symbol of Kazakhstan, from where this exhibition originated.

Was the Golden Man really a man? Could it possibly have been a woman? Find out at Muzium Negara where Museum Volunteer guides will be on hand to take you on a guided tour through this exhibition. Our tours start on Thursday 10 October at 11:30 am and these will be on a daily basis (except Sundays) until the end of the exhibition on 31 October. Tours will also be conducted in French on two of these days. Please find the tour schedule at the link below (you will need to scroll down).

Tour Schedule: daily at 11.30 am between 10 October and 31 October 2019. The schedule is available at

Photographs of some exhibits are shown below. Find out their stories from the museum volunteers. Also find out the symbology behind the design of a yurt (tent) and the Zoroastrianism practices behind the burial of the Taksai princess. A touch-screen display examines some of the cultural practices such as the ritual to cut a rope when a child reaches the age of one.

The Steppe culture was equestrian-based and each piece of the saddle has symbolic meaning.
Akinak dagger decorated with heads of two griffins in profile. Dated to the 4th/3rd century BCE.
This necklace consists of pendants with garnet insets. The exquisite workmanship is dated to the 3rd/2nd century BCE.
An image of an elk in yellow metal framed by a metal ribbon. Dated to the 4th/3rd century BCE.


Author: Museum Volunteers, JMM

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2 thoughts on “The Great Steppe exhibition – MV Guided Tours”

  1. Dear JMM Staff,

    I would like to register for the 11.30a.m. MV guided tour (English) of The Great Steppe exhibition on Saturday 12 October 2019.

    Thank you & Regards, Chuah Siew Yen

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

    1. Hello Annie. Thank you very much in your interest. There is no need for registration. Just turn up before the tour starts. Our guide on Sat 12 Oct is Yee Chun Wah and he’ll look out for you. Hope you enjoy the tour.

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