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“Good collection of historical artificats and interesting”

National Historical Museum of Republic Belarus
Ranked #45 of 163 things to do in Minsk
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

Well, to find this place was bit confusing. Anyway, it is situated in Karl Marx (I think it is displayed as Karla Marksa in street signs). This is the same building where there is a cannon outside the door. 12, Karla Marksa.

There are different entry tickets. I took entry tickets for History Museum and the Ecology Museum.

Ecology Museum has stuffed birds and animals, which I am not really fond of. If I had known I would have avoided that part.

Anyway, history museum is good. They have some excellent collection of historical artifacts. One of the floors has plenty of religious artifacts. There is one big hall is dedicated is collection of coins and notes from various era.

Loved the history museum.

Place is clean, staff are friendly, the souvenir shop is good. But overall, I felt they could have maintained the place bit better.

The area near by has plenty of bars, coffee shops and restaurants.

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

The Belarussian National History Museum can be found on Karl Marx street opposite the KGB headquarters and a bust of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the Belarussian aristocrat, who was once head of the notorious Cheka, the Soviet KGB's predecessor. A big cannon marks the entrance.

There are different type of tickets available. I asked for one, which combined the entrance to the History museum proper, but also to the 'State Museum of Nature and Ecology of the Republic of Belarus', which is located in the basement. In the end it was a wrong ticket, but I still managed to visit both places.

On ground level is a room, with finds from prehistorical times through the middle ages up to the renaissance. The museum guardian here, a friendly young lady, who unlike the person at the ticket desk, spoke very well English, acted voluntarily as a guide. She was obviously very proud of Francysk Skaryna, to whom the last part is dedicated with a big collection of books. As a savant, as one of Eastern Europe's first printers, he can be considered the father of Belarussian as a literary language with his translation of the bible.

On the upper floor a smaller room is dedicated to the period from the 16th till 19th century with several portraits. A bigger room contains exhibits from the rather short Soviet period, some of the items displayed are rather fun, although probably not meant so.

Last I went down into the basement, where a friendly lady-guardian let me in, although I apparenty didn't have the right ticket. Here are plenty of stuffed animals and birds, but also stones and dried plants, all belonging to the Belarussian geology, fauna and flora.

3  Thank saronic
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Reviewed 7 June 2017

This museum is on three floors in a backstreet.It gives a history of the country when it was part of a Grand Duchy.I know that as a helpful guide took me around one of the floors explaining the exhibits.The top floor has an interesting coin exhibition.

Thank wingate
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Reviewed 14 May 2017

While always enjoying historical museums, this one delivered as well. The interesting fact is that pre-historical era to 1790 takes about 40% of the space, while soviet times are granted around 50% of the museum capacity. Tell's a bit about the country priorities.

Key takeaways and tips:
- The museum stores original kings belt that belonged to the Vitovt.
- Literacy level for the 1790 the territory of Belarus was about 95%. Russian queen Ekaterina broke things by closing universities and school after the land was conquered by Russian Empire.

Thank alexanderg386
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Like many attractions in Minsk, English was not available. Not even at the ticket office. Unfortunately, we visited only part of the museum that was devoted to Belarus history. We were disappointed. The museum was limited in scope. It covered a feudal period, jumped to fashions, then to trade, retail and ended with a currency display. Our visit to the museum would have been enhanced with English descriptions. The museum tended to use only English labels.. An English guide would no doubt improved our visit. However, no guide service was offered to us..

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