National Museum of Kazakhstan

Astana, Kazakhstan


The new National Museum of Kazakhstan in Astana was opened by President Nursultan Nazarbayev on July 2nd 2014. At more than 74,000 square metres, the museum is one of the largest in the world, and contains 14 stylistically distinct galleries within. These include the Hall of Independent Kazakhstan, the Ethnographic Hall, the Hall of Gold, the Hall of Modern Art, the Hall of Astana and many others.


Paragon was appointed as specialist contractor to research, design, build and install a series of historic and archaeological models, figures and large scale scenic exhibits. The models in this commission included two large scale models of a stone age Botai House and the archaeological site at Bes Shatyr, plus three models showing the ancient Scythian processes of smelting and casting gold and finally a scale model of the Issyk Tomb Kurgan. The large scale scenic exhibits included a full sized Medieval Street, a third scale Proton Rocket and 1:1 scale Kazakh 2 Communication Satellite, a 1.1 sectioned Scythian Kurgan Tomb (20m x 18m), a large goldmine setworks including five mining figures (12m L x 4.6m D x 5m D), a facsimile of a full sized wooden Scythian chariot and another wooden riding chariot with two fully modelled horses.

The commission also included 13 full sized fully modelled archaeological human figures complete with hair and costumes; many of which were covered with hundreds of pieces of gold decoration. Five of the figures depicted Scythian gold miners with tools and the other five depicted reconstructed ancient figures and weapons from a series of archaeological tomb excavations. Two of the ancient figures were mounted on horseback and the commission included 8 modelled full sized Kazakh horses. Three further human figures were built by Paragon depicting a typical Kazakh family from the 19th Century living in a Yurt; again this included traditional costumes and equipment. Paragon also made a full sized Bactrian camel (two humps) typical of those used in Kazakhstan and a full sized sheep and goat; all covered in modelled hair to look at realistic as possible.


Our Client: YDA Construction

Designed by: Sigongtech

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STAFF FOCUS: Tim DeCoste, Interactives Workshop Manager

Q: Name?
A: Tim DeCoste but they call me moose now there’s four Tims.

Q: What and where did you study?
A: Seaquam secondary school in my motherland of Canada. University didn’t seem challenging enough so I went to major in waterparks abroad.

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Creative?
A: 3 years this month.

Q: What development / training have you undertaken since joining the team?
A: IOSH managing safely and the ever-important manual handling and fire warden training. And of course the sage mentoring of Jon Myers (Operations Director) and Chris Nuttall (Technical Director).

Q: Favourite Project to work on and why?
A: Dig It Dubai Springs. It was an achievable project that has resulted in a great success which is always a boost knowing the work our department put in to it, I’m sure others did OK as well. I also got to be involved in the installation, something I don’t often get to be a part of, luckily I still have my old work boots so I almost blended in seamlessly if not for my eloquent speaking and perfect hair.

Q: What do you like about working at Paragon?
A: Everyday poses a new challenge. It’s also close to home so that’s nice.

Q: Dream project to work on?
A: If we could do something ice hockey or maple syrup based I’d be very much in my comfort zone.

Q: What does your department do?
A: Builds big toys!
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2 days ago

Go moose eh 🤙

2 days ago   ·  1

No dad !!! Don’t make me wear it !!

2 days ago

Moose? You'll always be Diego to me

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