In Belarus people value their historical roots and are doing their best to learn the lessons from history and preserve the evidence of the developmental stages of the mankind for future generations. Museums in Belarus are the places where history, culture and traditions are transmitted, new information gained and food for thought is provided. Though many foreigners criticize the Belarussians for being too conservative and closely bounded to their history they stay fascinated by the rituals and ancient-time manuals kept in the museums and private collections which are the key and inevitable part of cultural and historical heritage of Belarus.
Museums welcome visitors and are eager to share pride in their collections with the public. Museums in Minsk are numerous and are mainly devoted to one particular sphere of human activity or event. Art Museums exhibit paintings and sculptures by famous Belarusian and foreign artists, History of Cinema Museum shows how and what for the equipment early used for filming was applied. Sports museum depicts the most prominent people in Belarussian sport, Museum of Great Patriotic War is filled with grief and losses of Belarussian nation during World War II as well as depicts its contribution to the win over the Nazis.
Museums in Belarus are not only about the buildings in which all the remnants of the past are stored and looked after but also include open air museums with Stalin’s Line and Brest Fortress being the most popular ones. Many schoolchildren attend museums as the part of their educational program.
Museums in Minsk host foreign exhibitions introducing other countries’ and nations’ cultural heritage to Belarussians thus expanding their knowledge and enhancing tolerance towards the differences of other cultures. Many museums have loyalty days during which people are allowed in without any fee. Most museums provide the necessary facilities and equipment for the disabled and people with any kind of impairment can also feel their inclusiveness in the country’s life.
On this page you can see the list of most visited museums in Minsk along with their working hours and days off. Belarus welcomes the ones who are keen on learning more about its culture and history and attracts them to the sights specially designed for this mission — museums.