The Museum of nature is the hallmark of the Shchuchinsk-Burabay resort area.

History of the Nature Museum.

The Museum was founded in 1960 on the basis of flora and fauna of the “State national natural park Burabay”. Initially, these were single effigies placed on racks installed in the forestry office.

In 1963, the Museum was moved to a previously reconstructed two-story wooden building, the former hunter's house, located on this territory, built in 1932, which was the main building of the Museum until 2009.

In 1976, a living area was opened, and now the territory of the Museum occupies 5.6 hectares, half of which is natural forest.

Then, on May 1, 2009, the new tourist complex «Visit-center» was inaugurated, and all the exhibits of stones, plants, fungi, birds, and animals presented in the modern installation of the modern Museum of nature were transported from the old building.

In 2018, the Museum of nature was reconstructed.

Hall of Mineralogy.

Before Burabay acquired its modern appearance, it had a long history of development. There were also stages of volcanism, periods of powerful mountain formation, and periods of mountain destruction. For millions of years, the area was flooded by seas that accumulated kilometers of sediment. The tropical climate was replaced by cold spells, and this led to changes in the plant and animal world.

The geological basis of the district is a block-folded structure called the "Kokshetau block" (Kokshetau median massif), which has a complex geological structure. In the most simplified version, it looks like this.

The layout of the Kokshetau mountains.

The last process of mountain formation ended about 10 thousand years ago. Since then, the processes of weathering (destruction of rocks under the influence of sharp daily and annual temperature fluctuations, chemical and technical effects of water and wind, the root system of plants, the work of microorganisms) and denudation (demolition) have begun.

The mountains and rocks of Burabay seem to be made of giant slabs with rounded edges, resembling huge mattresses or pillows. In Geology, there is a special term "metamorphic differentiation". Under the influence of external forces for many millennia, mountains and rocks have acquired bizarre, fantastic forms that create the modern attractiveness and picturesqueness of Burabay, and have given rise to many legends.

Pinery.

There are varieties of birds and animals that live in the pine forest.

As you have already noticed, there are a huge number of representatives of birds that live on the territory of our region. More than 200 species of birds and predatory animals are currently registered in the national park.

Forest-steppe hall.

After pine, in the resort area, a widespread tree species is birch, which has 2 types here: drooping (or warty, weeping), fluffy.

Birch under favorable conditions reaches 25-30 m in height, 7-12 m in diameter of the crown and up to 80 cm in diameter of the trunk. Birch buds are used in the manufacture of creams and other cosmetics. Essential oil from birch buds is used in distillery production. Leaves, less often bark, used for coloring wool and fabrics.

Birch juice is a pleasant refreshing drink, contains 0.5-2 % of sugars, organic acids, potassium, calcium, iron, trace elements and has a favorable effect on the metabolism. The life span of birch, according to various data, is 100-150 years, individual trees live up to 400 years or more.

The steppe is a plain covered with grassy vegetation in the temperate and subtropical zones of the Northern and Southern hemispheres. A characteristic feature of the steppes is the absence or very small number of trees. Plants adapt to adverse conditions. Many of them are drought-resistant or active in the spring, when there is still moisture after winter.