Minsk in miniature: secrets of creating such beauty
Have you ever wanted to embrace the unembraceable and look at Belarus from the clouds standing safely on the ground?
The idea of creating a museum came to the author of the Miniature Belarus project Evgeny Danilik spontaneously, and his favorite city Minsk served as a source of inspiration.
How Minsk horsecar museum was created
The creation of the Minsk Horsecar Museum exposition took five years. Here is why it took that long.
Lidia Markovich, leading researcher of the Minsk History Museum:It was pretty hard to work on the exposition because we faced with absolutely unfamiliar objects like horsepower keeper because it’s been a hundred years since the horse-drawn trams disappeared.
We had to look for information and everything which would help create exhibits and its analogues.
Tonsils removal scissors exhibited in Minsk Horsecar Museum
Why a glass case with medical antiques is paid so much attention to in the exposition?
Lidia Markovich, a leading researcher at the Museum of the History of Minsk:It is no mere chance. The time we are talking about is the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. It’s the time of technical progress in Minsk. The first transport appears. Water system installation, telephone penetration, electrification and development of health care service took place in those days.
Rail tracks for Minsk Horsecar Museum
How were the showpieces found for the Museum?
Oleg Stepanuk, CTV:Did you have to ask for help from any experts in different spheres? In the sphere of fashion or transport?
Unique water pump presented at Horsecar Museum in Minsk
How did it end up in the exposition then?
Lidia Markovich, a leading researcher at the Museum of the History of Minsk:Generally speaking, I suppose that this was probably the first showpiece of the Museum of the History of Minsk.
Absolutely, this exhibit item is rare, and generally rare for Belarus.
Horses to appear in Minsk Horsecar Museum
Minsk Horsecar Museum's exhibition will soon be replenished by some new exhibits.
Horses will be among the first additions to the museum, said Lidia Markovich, a leading researcher at the Museum of the History of Minsk.
"We lack horses here. After all, horsecar is horsecar, so we need horses here.”
“Among other things, we are going to have a Live History project, some interactive activities.
What do Belarusian and Chinese cultures have in common?
The handicraft of vytynanka (a Slavic version of the art form of papercutting, popular in Belarus, Poland and Ukraine) is taught at Vileika ethnographic museum. The exhibition was organized together with Molodechno Music College named after M.K. Aginsky. It tells people about the ancient craft of the ancestors of Belarusians.
Windows would be decorated with paper-cut curtains during major celebrations. They would also be hung on walls instead of carpets.
Police Museum opens in Vitebsk
Vitebsk Museum of Militia was opened on 28 February, 2017. There are three halls, where you can follow the entire history of Vitebsk militia, from the governorate times of the city to the present day. Apart from photographs, documents and awards, a reconstructed cabinet of district militia chief of the BSSR and the working place of a controller of the 1970’s can be seen in the museum.
You can even take photos with weapons and mannequins in militiaman uniform. You can touch and try on most of the showpieces.
Costumes of Belarus' Pesnyary band on display in National Art Museum
An exhibition of unique costumes in memory of the famous Pesnyary band of Belarus has opened on February 22 at the National History Museum.
It features sketches of dancers of the legendary ensemble Pesnyary.
Once it started with only 17 works but today it is a large-scale exhibition. Here you can find sketches of costumes in which Pesnyary toured the USA.
Unfortunately, 40 years after, some suits have not survived and remained only on paper.
Each image was thoroughly thought out.
Monuments of wooden Minsk
A monument of a small manor building towers stands in Bogushevich Square.
These wooden buildings were a part of the suburb of Grushevka at the beginning of the 20th century. Streets which associated with the Libau-Romny railway were located here. From 1907 to 1918, the wooden houses and sidewalks were built on this area.
Workers, employees of the railway and a car-repair plant lived here. Nevertheless, noblemen and peasants from the suburb of Minsk owned several houses too.
Belarusian National History Museum presents restored chasuble
The National History Museum has presented the restored chasuble of the beginning of the 19th century. The finding is unique, because one part of the Catholic priest's vestment is sewn from several fragments of the world famous Slutsk belts, Belarus' hallmark.
The restoration of the valuable exhibit has been made possible through a presidential grant. It took experts over a year to restore the silk fabrics.
The historical discovery came to the museum in 2008. The original owner of the Catholic priest vestments is unknown.
Stolen painting of Shishkin found near Minsk
The stolen painting of Shishkin was found in Belarus. The rarity was found during the arrest of the leader of a criminal group. The group was engaged in the supply of drugs. The painting had been prepared for resale but now was transferred to the National Museum of Art. There it will pass an examination. There is no doubt that the picture is genuine.
Shishkin's painting Forest. Spruce Trees was stolen from the Museum of the city of Vyazniki of the Vladimir region, Russia.
WWII photos of Nazi occupation exhibited in Belarus' Mogilev
The Mogilev City History Museum has received a unique collection of photographs. The pictures are made by German soldiers in the period of the Nazi occupation.
They feature townspeople, streets and architecture, including churches and residential buildings, many of which haven’t survived until nowadays. The collection includes rare photos of the flood on the river Dubrovenka that claimed the lives of thousands of citizens in the summer of 1942.
Architectural miniatures museum opens in Minsk
All Belarus is now available inside one building. The Palace of Trade Unions in Minsk has opened a museum of architectural miniatures. The Lida and Kossovo castles, Kalozha church and Brest Fortress - all in all, the exhibition includes 17 replicas of Belarusian sites. There are many more to come.
Mini Belarus: New museum is on the way
An unusual museum will open its doors in Minsk by the end of 2016.
Veronika Kondratyuk, CTV:Some get inspiration from distant journeys, others need just an ordinary stroll along the picturesque streets of a big city. For instance, this map of Minsk of the Russian Empire times has inspired Evgeny Danilik to create an exceptional museum.
Evgeny Danilik, author of Strana Mini (the Mini Country) project:We saw a picture on the wall, and then we had this light-bulb moment.
Friday is free day in 4 Minsk museums until end of 2016
Free contemplation of priceless works. Want that while in Minsk?
From November 18, 2016, four museums of Minsk have started a campaign of unprecedented generosity.
Every Friday until the end of 2016, visitors can come free to the National History Museum, National Art Museum, the Museum of the History of Theatrical and Musical Culture and the Gallery of Modern Art.
Enjoy Minsk's cultural life for free!
Unknown Hobbies of Renowned Belarusians: Kupala, Kolas, Brouka, Stanyuta
Unusual hobbies and collections of three Belarusian People's Poets and a legendary actress (guess who is her great-granddaughter) all in the following report shot in the museums of Minsk.
Since his very childhood the future People's Poet Yanka Kupala took a great interest in Belarusian legends and fairy tales. Later he would base his works on them.
Interesting facts about Belarusian poet Maksim Bahdanovich
In Belarusian literature, there are such personalities whose fates attract researchers for decades. The famous son of Belarusian land Maksim Bahdanovich is among them. He was separated from his Motherland, where he always longed to be, in his very early childhood and managed to return there only at the end of his life.
Why does Belarus still adhere to Soviet traditions?
Nowadays there are many communist countries. China, one of the mightiest countries in the world, is one of them. There are many soviet sights in Belarus as well.
Buildings of Stalinist architecture stretch over four kilometers from Nezavisimosti Avenue to Victory Square.
Each of them has their own myths and legends. The State Universal Store moved here 65 years ago.
New vision of usual sceneries: Exhibition Colors of Belarus opens in Minsk
Belarusian artists presented their own vision of Belarus’ sceneries on November 3. The exhibition Colors of Belarus opened in Minsk. Usual sceneries were transformed into extraordinary art works.
Vasily Yasyuk, artist, professor of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts:I saw this colorful autumn and I immediately wanted to draw it.
The best museums of Belarus named
The best museums of Belarus were announced in Mogilev on October 2. The National Forum "Museums of Belarus" summed up the work of museums over the last two years. The winners were determined in five nominations.
The Mogilev and Minsk regional museums of local lore had the best exhibition booths. They attracted the most attention at the forum.
The National Art Museum won in two categories at once.
Great Patriotic War Museum opens transportable exhibition devoted to Belarus’ liberation
Soon, a transportable museum of the Great Patriotic War will start its journey to tell everybody the story of our heroes.
30 square meters can make you become a witness to the events of the liberation of Belarus from September 1943 to July 1944.
The attention is concentrated on the heroes of the war who made our peaceful lives possible.
Operation Bagration became one of the two most outstanding battles of World War II. Pilots, tank crew members, artillery men presented us with freedom. On July 3, 1944, Minsk was freed.
Heart of city: Story of Minsk citadel of XII-XIII centuries and future plans
Minsk is constantly changing. In 2004, thank to the findings of archeologists and preserved documents, the Minsk City Hall was restored in its initial appearance. Today, there is a public garden right beside it as it was several centuries ago. Behind the City Hall, people can find a bailiff holding the keys from the city and a charter.
National History Museum can be conductor of Belarus' national idea
Belarus joined the international campaign Night of Museums in May 2016, and the TV program Week on the CTV Channel met with director of the National History Museum of Belarus Oleg Ryzhkov to discuss national museums and their future.Who goes to a museum today? I remember that in Soviet times we were sometimes made to visit museums.
Unusual archaeological museum to open in Bialowieza Forest
An unusual open-air archaeological museum will be created in the Bialowieza Forest.
In this museum, visitors will be able to plunge into ancient times: start fire by friction, make weapons from flint and prepare food using technologies of those times.
Artifacts found on the territory of the forest reserve inspired scientists for such an initiative. The museum will offer more than 50 archaeological sites from the Mesolithic era to the early Middle Ages.
The museum quarters will spread over 13 hectares.
How Stalin’s stay in Minsk changed city’s fate
These are shots of German newsreels from August 1941. Adolf Hitler is flying over occupied Minsk. He is looking towards the Government House and campus buildings from the window of his plane.
In four years, the same region faced another protagonist of World War II who stayed in Minsk. It was Joseph Stalin. The head of the Soviet Union rarely left the country, but it was a special case then.
Art without borders: paintings for visually impaired in Minsk
Paintings of about ten Belarusian artists will appear in tactile interpretation. Among them are works of Ivan Khrutsky, Leonid Shchemelyov, and Genady Drozdov. These peculiar bás-reliefs are made specifically for visually impaired art connoisseurs. They can feel landscape, portrait, or still life details one by one and thereby “read” a painting.
Thus pictures remain on fingertips. This is a very humane idea – art that may and must be touched. New forms are thus given to already well-known shapes. The works of famous Belarusian artists are brought into relief.
Renovated Loshitsa estate in Minsk welcomes its visitors
A picturesque Loshitsa park is a famous recreation place in Minsk with its luxuriant flora, unique architecture and striking chronicle. The fertile land on the river Svisloch's banks was first mentioned as far back as 11th century. That was also when the first settlements appeared here, as excavations prove.
Free admission to history museum of National Academy of Sciences until end of January
The Museum of History of the National Academy of Sciences is open to everyone. Until the end of January 2016 admission to the museum is free. The 100% discount is timed to the Day of Belarusian Science, which is celebrated on January 27.
The museum contains more than 3,500 exhibits that reflect the history of the formation and development of science. The outstanding achievements of scientists are presented here too.
Of particular interest are models of unique devices and samples of new materials created by the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.
2nd branch of Museum of Minsk History opens in Upper Town
A new art space has opened in the historical center of Minsk. The second branch of the Museum of the History of Minsk is in Gertsena Street. The two-storied museum offers a variety of art objects related to Minsk's history. The lower level is under the ground.
The museum is already open to the public.
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New exhibits in Modern Belarusian Statehood Museum
The inauguration ceremony of the Belarusian President took place on November 6, 2015. In this connection, the Modern Belarusian Statehood Museum has presented the exhibits connected with the 2011 inauguration ceremony.
The museum stores a copy of the Belarusian Constitution that is used during the inauguration ceremony. Moreover, everyone can touch it to feel its amazing power.
Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum
The Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum is one of the largest museums in the world dedicated to the Second World War and the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945, part of WWII in Soviet historiography). History and modernity are combined here on the area of 4,000 m2. Everyone will find something for themselves in this museum.
Largest flag of Belarus now in Museum of Belarusian Contemporary Statehood
The largest national flag of Belarus will become part of an exhibition. On October 9 one of the main symbols of our country was given to the Museum of Modern Belarusian Statehood.
Guests of Minsk could see the record size flag in October Square of Minsk on City Day September 12. The nearly 300kg flag in the center of Minsk was being held by a few hundred people for several minutes. It occupied an area of 4,000m2. This compares to a football field.
It took almost three weeks and three kilometers of fabric to create the man-made masterpiece.
Museum quarter to appear in Minsk
The Museum Quarter will soon appear in Minsk. It will be similar to Rome and Amsterdam.
A beautiful building with columns - National Art Museum - was established at the initiative of the Director Elena Aladova in 1957. It was the first museum building in the vast Soviet Union designed by the architect Baklanov. (This is thanks to the efforts of Aladova that you can see a unique collection of paintings in 19 halls; her memorial portrait greets us at the entrance).
National History Archive of Belarus: 11.5 kilometers of shelving and 624 year-old document
A place where history lives. The National Historical Archives of Belarus is the largest repository of documents not only in Belarus but also in Central and Eastern Europe. It has traced its history since 1938. And despite the military upheavals and social changes it managed to save a lot of things.
11.5 kilometers of shelving and 4,5 thousand square meters. Here, special sound, heat, temperature and humidity conditions are required. The most ancient document is 624 years old.
First open-air museum of stone sculptures opens in Grodno
Stone of Love, head of a warrior and Teutonic helmet can be seen in the Grodno Kalozha park. On July 16 in the town of Neman there opened the country's first museum of stone sculptures in the open air. The idea of this art gallery belongs to a local sculptor.
The idea of the Grodno sculptor was supported by colleagues from all over Belarus. Stone carvers from all over Belarus handed their works to the city of Neman.
However, the creation of the museum under the open sky is just beginning. Each year the park alley will see new exhibits.
Open air military museum opens in Byaroza district
An air defense missile system, an armored personnel carrier and infantry fighting vehicle. A military museum in the open air appeared in the Byaroza district. For a while, the exposition includes six samples of modern military equipment but its creators say that soon even planes will be exhibited.
Work on the memorial park began with perpetuation of the memory of Belarusians who died during the Great Patriotic War. Local search teams several years sought the places of burial, tried to find out the names of dead and missing villagers.
Retro museum: fuel industry development in Minsk
The development of car manufacturing and fuel industry is closely connected with the history of Minsk. It’s been more than 70 years since the first petrol station appeared in Minsk.
Back then, it was located in the Nemiga neighborhood. It was the only petrol station in the whole city. However, in the 1930s, there weren’t many vehicles in the BSSR (the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic). There were only 184 cars in 1928 and 511 cars in 1930.
Retro police vehicles’ exhibition opens in Minsk
The exhibition of retro police vehicles opened in Minsk. There are six cars among the exhibits, which law enforcement officers used in different times, starting from 1944.
Among the exhibit items, there is a famous Zhiguli nicknamed “kopeyka” (a small coin), a UAZ “bukhanka” (a loaf of bread), a Volga, and a Moskvitch. The oldest car is almost 70 years old.
Former law enforcement officers and the Minister of Internal Affairs were present at the opening of the exhibition. The Minister confessed that the Moskvitch 412 was his first car.
Minsk collection of twin cities’ souvenirs
Minsk is a hospitable city. It’s no wonder that Minsk has agreements with more than 60 cities. Moreover, some twin cities are among them. The longest twinning relationship is with Nottingham of England.
That close collaboration between Minsk and Nottingham began in 1957. Plans have been made to build in Minsk a residential compound called Nottingham in honor of the English city.
Interior of Minsk governor’s house
From the Niamiha metro station to the Governor's house
Mikhail Savitsky’s Art Gallery is located in the building of former estate of the 18th century with a rich history.
Beer museum in Minsk
Address: 30 Kisileva Street (30 vulica Kisialiova)
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