If you have any interest in the former USSR and its republics, then this museum is a must. The building was renovated specifically for the various exhibits. Currently there are two exhibits -women in Russian art (think factory worker or labourer smiling while harvesting the bounty of the Russian prairie while serving mother Russia - that kind of things, but really well done paintings). The exhibit on Jewish communities was absolutely fascinating. The gift shop was very good. Bought a great arts and culture book on Kazakhstan (not many in English, I can assure you).