State Museum of Theatrical and Musical Culture of the Republic of Belarus


State Museum of Theatrical and Musical Culture of the Republic of Belarus

Getting there

Address: 5 Muzykalnyi Pereulok, Minsk

The museum is best reached by the metro station Kastrycnickaja (blue line). The museum building is 7-10 minutes' walk from the station (see map). It is located in Verkhny Gorod [Upper Town], which is a historical center of Minsk.

Tel: +375 (17) 220 26 67

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Hours: 9.00 – 18.00
Exhibition: 10.00 – 17.30
Ticket office: 10.00 – 17.00

Day off: Sunday

Price: A ticket costs about $1.5. You can visit the museum free of charge on the first Saturday of each month.

About museum

The stock of the State Museum of Theatre and Music Culture of the Republic of Belarus began to be formed in the 1990s, right after its establishment. The museum owns over 26,000 museum items.

There are 10 collections in the museum, including "Musical Instruments", "Musical manuscripts", "Documentaries" (personal documents, directors' notes, scripts with notes made by performers), "Photos, pictures and negatives," "Posters and programs" and others.

There are a number of expositions at the museum. Here are the most popular of them.

1) The origins of theater and musical culture in Belarus

The exposition is located in two rooms on the ground floor of the museum. It features musical instruments (self-sounding, string etc.), accessories used during folk festivals and ceremonies, archaeological finds depicting musical instruments, fragments of Radziwill Chronicle with illustrations of clowns' performances.

The most common form of music-making among Belarusians was "a dance party": the violin, the tambourine, the accordion or the cimbalom, which are presented at the exhibition.

A separate room is dedicated to activities of the Belarusian People's Theatre "Batleika" and its various kinds. You can watch batleika performances in the museum.

2) Belarusian musical culture of the 20th century

It includes musical manuscripts of Belarusian composers, musical instruments, personal belongings of outstanding representatives of Belarusian musical culture, costumes, posters and programs of performances, paintings and sculptural portraits of Belarusian composers, photographs and other materials related to the history of musical culture of Belarus.

3) Musical and theatrical culture of the 10th-19th centuries

The exposition is devoted to the development of music of major Christian (Orthodox, Catholic, Uniate, Protestant), and non-Christian (Judaism and Islam) denominations that existed on the territory of Belarus; activities of school and magnate theaters.

A separate room is dedicated to the work of two prominent figures of the 19th century: Vincent Dunin-Marcinkiewicz (1808-1884), a poet, playwright, theater director, and Stanislaw Moniuszko (1819-1872), the Belarusian and Polish composer, conductor and teacher.

4) The theatrical culture of Belarus of the 20th century

This exhibitions reflects the history of the formation of the Belarusian professional theater in the 20th century. It is shown through the most significant events, performances, historical documents, posters, programs and photographs related to the activities of the National Academic Theater of Yanka Kupala, the Yakub Kolas National Academic Drama Theater, the Maxim Gorky National Academic Drama Theater, the Belarusian National Youth Theater, the Belarusian State Puppet Theater and other Belarusian theaters.

The museum of the history of Belarusian cinema is one of the branches of this museum.