Belarusian State Museum of Vernacular Architecture and Ethnic Heritage

Address: the village of Ozertso
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The museum is located several kilometers away from Minsk – between the villages of Ozertso and Strochitsa. It is often named "Museum in Ozertso", "Museum Strochitsa", "Strochitsy"… The idea to develop an open-air complex was first voiced by well-known Belarusian artist Ferdynand Ruszczyc in 1908. However, World War I and World War II, the need to rebuild the postwar country postponed the opening of the museum for many decades. A large-scale scientific expedition involving architects, historians and ethnographers was undertaken in 1976. The expedition toured various regions of Belarus, searching, examining and transporting specimens of wooden architecture, household goods and crafts to the site of the present-day museum. A number of expositions featuring architecture, culture and everyday life of three ethnographic regions – Central Belarus, Poozerye and Dnieper Region. – were opened in the period from 1987 to 1994. Today the museum displays nearly 40 objects.

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Among them are:

  • Pokrovskaya Church of the 18th century
  • Parochial school
  • Wind mill and a barn
  • Tavern
  • Blacksmith’s shop
  • Bathhouse
  • Houses of well-off and poor peasants
  • National feasts and rites

Картинки по запросу Белорусский государственный музей народной архитектуры и быта (д. Озерцо)

Картинки по запросу Белорусский государственный музей народной архитектуры и быта (д. Озерцо)

Expositions of the museum include "Transportation Means of Belarus", "Beekeeping in Belarus", "Belarusian flax", "Zabrody Fishing Gear" (fishery in Belarus). The Belarusian State Museum of Vernacular Architecture and Ethnic Heritage holds numerous national feasts and rites, festivals and concerts: Kolyada, Pancake Week, Spring Calling, Kupalle, Autumn Fest, Kamyanitsa folk festival, Project "Masterpieces of the World Classics in the Open-Air Museum", Day of Museums. Visitors to the museum have a chance to take part in various festivities, enjoy true potato pancakes, vereshchaka, sbiten, other dishes and drinks of the Belarusian cuisine in a local tavern.

Location:
Minsk District, between the village of Ozertso and the village of Strochitsa, on the bank of the Ptich River.

Картинки по запросу Белорусский государственный музей народной архитектуры и быта (д. Озерцо)

Картинки по запросу Белорусский государственный музей народной архитектуры и быта (д. Озерцо)

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