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The Russians will be in Minsk, do not drive past!


Great importance has always been attached to preserving the memory of the past or its destruction / distortion. No matter what time or which epoch and under which government! So in our stories: back in the years of the Great Patriotic War, they were already thinking that the descendants would not be forgotten.

As early as the beginning of June 1942, by a decision of the Central Committee of the Communist Party (Bolshevik) B (the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Bolsheviks of Belarus), a special commission was created whose task was to search for documents, materials and evidence of the history of the Great Patriotic War. The head of the commission was V. D. Stalnov, the future director of the Minsk Museum of the Great Patriotic War. The members of the commission worked mainly in two directions: “The perfidious invasion of German fascism into the borders of the Soviet Union” and “The heroic struggle of the workers of the BSSR against the German invaders”.

And due to the fact that in 1942, in the Vitebsk region, the Red Army and partisans managed to make 40-km a gap in the German defense, the commission received extensive material for work. The result of which was the opening of the 30 in November on the 1942 of the year at the State Historical Museum in Moscow. The exhibition worked there until August 1944, and then was transported to Minsk. And October 22 1944 of the year in the House of Trade Unions on Freedom Square, one of the few remaining buildings in Minsk (the city was destroyed by 85%), a museum was opened.

The Russians will be in Minsk, do not drive past!

Museum building in 1944

The first exhibition already organized directly in Minsk was the exposition of captured weapons. The exhibition ran from November 1944 to 1947. Fortunately, there was no shortage of exhibits. They were a dime a dozen both in Minsk itself and in the immediate vicinity. But the museum building, which was built on October Square and more known to the older generation, was opened only in 1967 year. And it worked right up to 2014.

Museum building in 2008

I visited the old museum building in 2012, the exposition of military equipment in the museum courtyard was no longer there. And there were a number of works on the construction of a certain office building. Impressions museum produced not the most pleasant. Dark rooms, old exposure; the tourist who did not book the excursion was far from everything. And what most vividly hit the memory is the smell of staleness and dampness, despite the warm September day. Those of my few photos can hardly convey the atmosphere of some desolation that prevailed in the museum.

I ask you not to take these words literally, but this was a place where you wanted to leave faster, and not study the exhibits or the history of the Great Patriotic War.

Apparently, these thoughts visited not only me, but also responsible citizens. Therefore, 2 July 2014, the museum moved to a new building, not only in the old place, but on Pobediteley Avenue near Victory Park. I don’t know how hard they tried, but it’s impossible to think symbolically.

The main building was made in the form of divergent rays of the Victory salute. It consists of four large blocks by the number of war years, 10 large exhibition halls, Victory Hall, which is located under the dome of the museum (a bit like a similar hall in the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow). In general, you yourself can see this in the photo.

Unfortunately, the photos do not give a complete picture of the scale of the new museum, its vast and very attractive exhibition.

On my first visit, I spent five hours at the museum. And this seemed a little. The new building and the exposition are really made on a level and sensibly. Guides, however, from the point of view of an advanced user, in some places they say utter nonsense, a little related to reality. But here it is necessary to understand that they are given the necessary and verified text for the tour. Therefore, knowledgeable people are strongly advised not to interrupt the guide.

In short, then I, as a museum worker with experience, had just puppy delight. Both installations and rare models weaponsincluding Belarusian partisans' handmade items, and a huge array of unique documents and photos!

In conclusion, I would like to say that if you are in Minsk, be sure to visit the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War. You'll like it! The Russian man simply cannot fail to like what has been done today in honor of the memory of our ancestors.
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  1. Catherine II
    Catherine II 24 October 2017 15: 36 New
    Since childhood, like the Second World War museums. Immersion in the atmosphere of those times. If the guide is also good, the children will always remember the main thing.
  2. Rurikovich
    Rurikovich 24 October 2017 15: 44 New
    I visited the old WWII museum on Oktyabrskaya more than once, but it hasn’t been brought to the new yet. sad Everything in Minsk is either by passing for a short time, or business trips ... It will be necessary sometime (if laziness allows) to hit the road specifically to the museum what In the old backyard, in addition to cannons with tanks, Li-2 also stood ... winked
    1. tolancop
      tolancop 24 October 2017 16: 27 New
      In the new museum, Li-2 also stands. In the courtyard. It is not visible from the road, it is closed by the building.
    2. ARA90rN
      ARA90rN 24 October 2017 16: 35 New
      In the new museum, Li-2 was left, access to it on a separate ticket.
      But almost all the rest of the equipment brought out. The museum website has a link:
      1. jjj
        jjj 24 October 2017 18: 05 New
        Thanks for the stuff. Good exposure. Arouse interest. Kids drive here
  3. knn54
    knn54 24 October 2017 16: 03 New
    Remember and honor!
  4. Ingvar 72
    Ingvar 72 24 October 2017 16: 19 New
    A Russian person simply cannot but like what has been done today in honor of the memory of our ancestors.
    good Good article! Not a couple of articles by Olezhek (Oleg Egorov).
  5. Des10
    Des10 24 October 2017 16: 23 New
    Thank you, that's what I want to say --- only Belarus has remained with Russia in - a firm memory of the war.
  6. tolancop
    tolancop 24 October 2017 16: 34 New
    It was. Liked. It makes no sense to describe in more detail, no description of personal presence will replace.
    By the way, I really liked the night illumination of the complex. I lived in the "Planet", the windows overlooked the museum ... the night view, until 23:00 - magnificent. After 23:00, the main illumination of the museum, like the whole of Minsk, switches to the duty room. I also liked it very much - it’s time for the working people to sleep, go to work in the morning, and the loafers will decorate life ... they will be killed.
  7. turbris
    turbris 24 October 2017 17: 26 New
    Cool! And I was at the Museum of Artillery and Missile Forces in St. Petersburg - the exhibits are of course real and very interesting, but the museum itself is slowly being destroyed, gloom and desolation, especially on the 3rd floor. The building needs major repairs, the exposition needs to be rethought, a lot of equipment in the yard resembles a repository of decommissioned equipment placed without any thought, they simply put it where it was.
  8. Vikxnumx
    Vikxnumx 24 October 2017 17: 43 New
    I was with my family last year. Impressions are unforgettable! I recommend everyone to visit whenever possible.
  9. Gloomy
    Gloomy 24 October 2017 17: 45 New
    In Belarus, they generally relate to memory.
    Were near Mogilev on Buinichsky field (over which K. Simonov’s ashes were scattered).
    A small but impressive exposition.
    Several tanks, cannons, but the spirit of 1941 is directly in the air.
    Everything is very neatly contained.
  10. Gardamir
    Gardamir 24 October 2017 21: 40 New
    Eh. Somewhere in the vast USSR remember the heroes. And we are building president centers, and walls of sorrow.
  11. DesToeR
    DesToeR 24 October 2017 23: 30 New
    He was in the new museum last year. Everything is modern, beautiful, especially the insertion of technology in the interior and the figures of people around them. Near the exposition, where the T-34 rams the German troika, it was about twenty minutes: I understand that both tanks are not 100% real, and I can’t make out what details the “remake”! But something didn’t let nostalgia go to the old museum, where the first time was during the lifetime of the Union. There was a completely different atmosphere.
  12. leonid-zherebtcov
    leonid-zherebtcov 25 October 2017 04: 43 New
    Even according to the article and photographs, the museum is SUPER ... but in reality ... there are no words ...
  13. three-track
    three-track 26 October 2017 14: 14 New
    Russians, not Russians!