For over seventy years the city was called by the name of the outstanding Soviet military commander Mikhail Vasilyevich Frunze. Being of Moldovan descent, he was born and raised in Bishkek in 1885. The house where Frunze lived as a boy was declared a museum in 1925. Today, it retains its status, as well as the authentic atmosphere of the time the future commander lived in. Unfortunately, the house itself was practically "swallowed up" by another building built over it, a giant 4-story glass and concrete structure. The museum displays the hero's personal belongings, documents, photographs, paintings, manuscripts, books and so on.