At the 5th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions on 11 June 2015 in Astana, the first President of Kazakhstan put forward the idea: "I propose to create a Museum of Peace and Reconciliation in this building (the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation) in Astana. It would be a good attitude to our congresses, a summary of the experience of consolidated decisions on the problems of human development, and would be important for strengthening peace and mutual understanding between peoples”.
The Museum of Peace and Reconciliation was inaugurated on 10 October 2018 as part of the sixth Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.
The museum is located on the third floor of the Peace and Reconciliation Palace facility.
· to reveal the value and significance of monuments of culture and art, thematically related to the history of dialogue between cultures and confessions;
· to provide society with full access to the national historical and cultural heritage;
· to raise the level of information culture of the Kazakh society about events in the field of cultural history and museology;
· to instill the best traditions of museum culture.
· to create a single harmonious composition of documentary materials and monuments of the national heritage;
· to complete, systematize, provide scientific study, use and popularize the historical and cultural heritage of Kazakhstani society;
· to bring into museum practice innovative exposition technologies that meet the needs of modern society;
· to ensure the competitiveness of the Museum in the field of cultural leisure.
· to demonstrate the features of the museum collection - a variety of collections and museum relics;
· to reflect the themes: "Kazakhstan - the territory of peace and harmony"; “The Great Silk Road - Crossroads of Dialogue and Cultures”; "Assembly of the people of Kazakhstan - a symbol of unity and harmony"; "Interreligious Dialogue: Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions"; "Leaders of Modern Global Spiritual Diplomacy";
· to develop international cultural and humanitarian cooperation with foreign countries.
The exposition of five halls consists of separate exposition complexes (parts) - thematically related, spatially and artistically organised groups of museum objects, scientific auxiliary material, texts and exposition museum equipment.
The concept of the exposition is based on the culturological approach, which includes the principles of mixing the traditional and new museum technologies. The collection method underlies the creation of the exhibition. This is one of the oldest traditional museum presentation methods, which is the most suitable for achieving the goals and objectives of the exposition. It provides the continuity of traditions, reveals the authenticity of a museum collection as a depository of various unique and typical collections. The collection method of showing opens wide possibilities for including in the exposition the multimedia components, which are necessary for developing an interactive interaction with a modern visitor.
In modern museology, the museum exposition is perceived as an integral and harmonious ensemble, which is created based on original exhibits. The exposition is formed as an object-spatial and emotional-image environment in the unity of plot-conceptual and visual row.
The exposition uses two opposing approaches of design - the artistic functional style and the scientific functional style - which, when combined in a common composition, create the dynamics of the exposition solution.
The exhibition offers the active use of modern multimedia technologies and the latest designs of showcase equipment:
· electronic multimedia complexes, which are electronic kiosks with sensor control and a plasma panel on which the information requested by the visitor is displayed;
· the possibility of broadcasting a multiscreen 3D multimedia tour of historical sites according to the theme of the Museum;
· equipping showcases and exhibition stands with "pockets" for displaying additional information in the form of advertisements, reference texts, various kinds of documents.
· the use of a multimedia "book of comments and suggestions".