International Intellectual Museum
Mongolia, Ulan Bator

The International Intellectual Museum is located in the eastern part of Ulaanbaatar, in the Bayanzurkh district. The museum, often called the Museum of Puzzles, was opened in 1990. Its founder and director is the Mongolian engineer and designer Tumen-Ulziy Zandraagiin, the author of 2,400 original puzzles, most of which are made in a single copy. The museum features more than 11,000 exhibits from 130 countries - puzzles, logic games, kits for demonstrating magic tricks, chess, mechanical toys, puzzles made in the form of the Seven Wonders of the World, spaceships, temples, yurts and animals. Among the exhibits there is both a simple puzzle, consisting of only two parts, and a very complex one, consisting of 673 parts, in order to assemble which you need to perform 56831 actions. The museum has a large collection of chess made of wood, bone, metal, stone. Here you can see the world's largest chess, the length of the chessboard of which is 7.6 meters. The board and all the pieces of these chess are made in the form of puzzles, that is, they can be assembled and disassembled. Black figures depict historical characters of Mongolia - Genghis Khan, Empress Manduhai, Tsogt taiga and others, white figures depict politicians, famous athletes and cultural figures. The museum also has the smallest chess in the world, the length of their chessboard is 10 centimeters, and the height of the pieces carved from the bone is only 4 millimeters. In addition, the museum has dozens of mechanical exhibits demonstrating the laws of nature - inertia, optical illusion, balance, free fall, as well as ancient Mongolian yurts, snuff-boxes, and dolls. The museum took part in 100 international exhibitions in 50 countries of the world, at which it won 10 Grand Prix awards, gold and silver medals.

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