The Ethnic Museum, next to the City Hall, is one of the best
of its kind in the country and is certainly worth a look. It contains a few
ethnic costumes, Mongolian toys and some religious artefacts such as statues,
scroll paintings (thangka) and books that must have been rescued in the late of 1930s. The four museum buildings were the 18th century home of the Khans of Setsen
khaan province (western Mongolia), a Mongolian prince who governed most of
eastern Mongolia during the Manchu reign.
The small City Museum, north of the park,
was recently renovated. Apart from the normal exhibits, the museum has a huge
mastodon tusk (an extinct elephant-like mammal) and some Chinggis Khaan armor.