Museum of Petroglyphs
Museum of Petroglyphs
4
Speciality Museums
Read more
Write a review
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.0
152 reviews
Excellent
46
Very good
54
Average
38
Poor
11
Terrible
3

Ana-Maria B
Cluj-Napoca, Romania1,212 contributions
Aug 2022
I was both enthralled and sad to see the site. The artwork itself is stunning, but I wish there was care put towards preserving it. Just a handful of petroglyphs are still visible and even those in bad shape. Nothing protects them from the elements or vandals. If this goes on, they will soon be gone.
The place deserves more care, they ca easily make the tickets more expensive, preserve the art and maybe add more information about it. I'd pay happily.
As it is, the site is quite, easy to explore, quite easy to find as well. There is a small souvenir shop, bought a carved rock magnet.
Written 5 September 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

chiclid
Perth, UK103 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Very interesting with a big area to explore. Lots of interesting petroglyphs of varying antiquity. With some carved obelisks as well. Nice view of lake.
Pretty basic toilet facilities - it’s not a “touristy” destination but well worth a visit.
Written 14 August 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

John123874
Auckland, New Zealand61 contributions
Jun 2019
While the site is huge and there are some clearly interesting petroglyphs, there is little to no signage or interpretation. There has been little to no conservation of the petroglyphs and little care taken in creating paths. We found it interesting but frustrating. The overall impressin was that the site was too large for the locals to cope with and the site needs assistance from the professional conservation community (ICOMOS etc). There has obviously been no professional archaeological advice or input-which is disappointing. Also no facilities-so take plenty of water and a hat or umbrella. Toilets are near entrance-but basic long drop with no doors or roof. Plenty of parking for vehicles. The site has its charm though-and raises a great many questions...worth the visit, just don't expect too much.
Written 8 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

shiraziwine
Shiraz, Iran1,273 contributions
Aug 2019
I can say that this place was not really what i expected before my visit. Many carvings are going disappear because of the harsh winters and summer rains. But if you are in Cholpon Ata it is better to visit there because you can see the place and few intact Petroglyphs.
Written 31 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Света К
Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan6 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
1000 year stones! This was interesting to walk around and find petroglyph. Great view! Also there are old graves.
Written 11 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Anu
West Midlands, UK760 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
I wouldn't go out of your way to visit but if passing it's ok. The entrance fee is 80som and there is a man you pay and who explains a little about what you can expect to see.

We could only make out about two or three different images which given it's outdoors is understandable.

Lovely view of the mountains and the lake but disappointed with the actual petroglyphs and we only spent 40mins here.

There are toilets here but we did not use so can't comment on how clean etc.
Written 4 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Vera0891
Rotterdam, The Netherlands36 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Interesting site for who loves history.
Nobody mentions the Bulbuls you can see (picture). But so worth the visit! You can find them near the largest mast for powerlines by the way.
Make sure you ask the ‘cashier’ for more information, he’s really enthousiastic.

It’s a shame that the government does almost nothing to preserve this site. The drawings and Bulbuls will be gone in a few years.
If you find plastic, please help the one employee out and take it and throw it away when you leave.
Written 31 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Oooooooolaaaaa
Hong Kong, China21 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
one of the regular must visit suspects regular suspects if you are ever in cholpon ata. The petroglyphs are what they are - petroglyphs. a trip to the northern shore of issyk kul wouldnt be quite complete without it. do note that this is a bit of a distance from cholpon ata and you will need to navigate your way to it by driving or by cab. there is little if not none when it comes to explanatory text provided on site.
Written 30 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Mike J
Chepstow, UK815 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We stopped off at the museum of Petroglyphs at Cholpon Ata expecting to see outstanding old works of art. Unfortunately this is an open air museum and time and the weather have taken their toll and what is still able to be seen is a little disappointing. The museum does not live up to the hype surrounding it and to cap it all there appears to be some recent graffiti.
Written 18 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

loretta g
Greater Sydney, Australia437 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Quite interesting and very old. It’s a pity people have been allowed to etch their own drawings on some of the rocks. And I’m sure it won’t be long before all the drawings have faded away.
Written 29 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 74
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

MUSEUM OF PETROGLYPHS (Cholpon Ata) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

Frequently Asked Questions about Museum of Petroglyphs

We recommend booking Museum of Petroglyphs tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 4 Museum of Petroglyphs tours on Tripadvisor


Restaurants near Museum of Petroglyphs: View all restaurants near Museum of Petroglyphs on Tripadvisor