Belarusian State Museum of People Architecture and Way of Life
Belarusian State Museum of People Architecture and Way of Life

The museum is located in a suburban area of Minsk, 4 kilometers to the North-West of it, between the villages of Ozertso and Strochitsa. The waters of quiet Ptich and historically known Menka rivers meet here. There are monuments of folk architecture from different historical and ethnographic regions of Belarus. Here, near the hill fort, history and culture are combined.

A decision to establish the Belarusian State Museum of People Architecture and Way of Life was adopted by the Supreme Council of the republic in 1976. Since that time, the work is under way to create an open-air museum. The territory of the Museum - a monument of the geological history and evolution of landscapes of Belarus - is located almost in the centre of Minsk upland, near the highest point above sea level in the country. Here the uplands of Belarus meet from the East and the West, the North and the South.

The ground of science-based structure of its exposition is a division of the material culture of the Belarusians, the territory of the republic is divided into the following regions: Poozerye (the Lake Division), the Dnieper Division, Central Belarus, East and West Polesie, the Neman Division (the Dvina Division). There are separate sectors «Township» and «Unique monuments». Each region is presented by a fragment of a typical settlement of the XIX – the early XX centuries with traditional buildings (economic and religious buildings, farms and yards, industrial buildings, small forms and memorials).

There are guided tours for adults and children. Among them, «Folk architecture of the regions», «Belarusian folk weaving», «Interior of outbuildings», «Magic Chest», «They encounter you for your clothes», «Kolosok» and others. Guests can visit the exhibition «Windmills of Belarus», «Vehicles».

The roads leading to the Museum are: the highway Moscow-Brest on the South, the road Minsk-Gorodishche-Ivenets, known from the X century - on the North. They connect the Museum to transport communications and other regional museums: in Priluki, Ratomka and Zaslavl.