Museum of the Great Patriotic War - World War II, Minsk

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    Museum at night
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    Museum of the Great Patriotic War

    by Odiseya Updated Aug 21, 2013

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    Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War (Belarus Cyrillic: Белорусский Государственный музей истории Великой Отечественной войны) was long time be only museum in SSSR that have collection that deals with this theme.
    The Museum was opened to visitors on 22th October 1944. In first time it was located in the Trade Union House on Freedom Square, which was one of the few buildings in Minsk that had remained intact during the war years. Here museum was since 1966.

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    Great Patriotic War Museum

    by HORSCHECK Updated Feb 21, 2012

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    Although I am not too much of a museum goer, I thought that the Great Patriotic War Museum could be well worth a visit. For Western Standards Museums are incredible cheap in Belarus.

    The entrance fee including a photo permission was 7000 BYR (less than 1 Euro, 2011). We even got a 10% discount, due to a minicard, which I had picked up from our hotel.

    On three floors and more than 30 halls, the museum presents all sorts of exhibits and documents about the Great Patriotic War (WWII) from the perspective of the Soviet Union. Most explanations are in Belarusian/Russian only, but of course some documents are on display in German language.

    The museum couldn't keep up with the high expectations I had. This was mainly because I also expected to see an outside area with military vehicles, but this was either closed or simply not present.

    Directions:
    The Great Patriotic War Museum is located on the north eastern side of the large October Square (Ploschad Oktyabrskaya), which is one of the main squares along Independence Avenue (Nezavisimosti prospekt). The nearest metro stop is "Oktyabrskaya".

    Address: Great Patriotic War Museum, Nezavisimosti pr. 25a, Minsk

    Website: http://www.warmuseum.by

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    by WanderingFinn Written Oct 29, 2007

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    The Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War is the largest depository of historical documents and relics of 1941-1945.
    On June 2, 1942 the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Belarus had created the Commission responsible of collecting materials evidence of the courage and heroism of the Belarusian people in the Great Patriotic War.
    The Commission members managed to collect together unique homemade weapons, documents, photographs, uniforms, newspapers and magazines published underground, trophies as well as personal things of solders.

    Wide collection of unique drawings and paintings includes rare works by professional artists and amateurs, ordinary soldiers, who tried to reflect the horrors of war in their drafts.

    The first collected materials were exhibited in Moscow in the Sate Historical Museum in November 1942. Then the exhibition called "Belarus Alive Belarus Fighting" was brought back to Minsk.

    For some decades, this museum was the first and only museum on the territory of the former USSR that dealt with the Great Patriotic War.
    Since 1966, the museum is located in a tailor-made building in the center of Minsk.

    Today its holding counts in total more than 137,000 exhibits and some auxiliary material. The museum's collection increases one thousand specimens annually.

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    by WanderingFinn Written Oct 29, 2007

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    The Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War is the largest depository of historical documents and relics of 1941-1945.
    On June 2, 1942 the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Belarus had created the Commission responsible of collecting materials evidence of the courage and heroism of the Belarusian people in the Great Patriotic War.
    The Commission members managed to collect together unique homemade weapons, documents, photographs, uniforms, newspapers and magazines published underground, trophies as well as personal things of solders.

    Wide collection of unique drawings and paintings includes rare works by professional artists and amateurs, ordinary soldiers, who tried to reflect the horrors of war in their drafts.

    The first collected materials were exhibited in Moscow in the Sate Historical Museum in November 1942. Then the exhibition called "Belarus Alive Belarus Fighting" was brought back to Minsk.

    For some decades, this museum was the first and only museum on the territory of the former USSR that dealt with the Great Patriotic War.
    Since 1966, the museum is located in a tailor-made building in the center of Minsk.

    Today its holding counts in total more than 137,000 exhibits and some auxiliary material. The museum's collection increases one thousand specimens annually.

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    • Museum Visits
    • Historical Travel

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    Museum of the Great Patriotic War (World War II)

    by tiganeasca Updated Nov 13, 2003

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    This three-floor building is devoted to Belarus's part in the war. Don't forget that much of the war was fought on their territory and they suffered extremely heavy losses, both military and civilian. The museum contains hundreds, if not thousands, of artifacts--from weapons to documents to uniforms and more--and is quite moving. Virtually nothing is labeled in any language other than Belarussian. This is a bit of an obstacle, but after a while, the place is so overwhelming that language ceases to be necessary.

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    May 12, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    The War Museum is going to be torn down to give way to a shiny 5-star hotel overlooking October Square. You now have the last opportunity to have a look at the old exhibition in its good old hummer-and-sickle design before the artifacts move to a new ground that's being prepared near the City Hero Steeple at the intersection of Masherov and Pobeditelei Avenue.

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