A museum located next to the Sukhbaatar Square exhibits an amazing collection. It is the National Museum of Mongolia. The museum takes its visitors on a journey deep into time, going back thousands of years, with its invaluable, unrivaled pieces. That’s the reason some travelers recommend starting a journey through Mongolia from here.
In 2008, a warrior’s tomb was found in the Altai region of Mongolia. The tomb contained a musical instrument, the Altai Yatga, which gave new insight into the nomad’s musical heritage and culture. Many sources, such as historic poetry and epic stories, horse-head fiddles and other musical instruments from the Hunnu period, show that ancient nomads were very music-minded. Musical instruments found from early Mongolia usually have depictions of a hunter and animals on the body, much like a petroglyph. Famous Mongolian harpist Ch. Munkh-Erdene, who was the first person to play the finely crafted Altai Yatga, said, “I’m very happy that this harp, which has carried the culture of a civilization from 1,400 years ago, has been discovered from my Mongolia. When I first played this instrument, the melody sounded like a living, colorful music.” This valuable piece is being kept in the National Museum.