Great Patriotic War Museum, Minsk

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Learn about local anti-fascist and partisan activity, Belarusians in the Red Army, and the history of the Auschwitz death camp at Great Patriotic War Museum. The museum opened shortly after the liberation of Minsk from the Nazi invaders on October 25, 1944. The site features 24 exhibit halls and houses more than 142,000 items in its collection. You'll see the weapons of soldiers and partisans, partisan handwritten journals, documents, photos, army leaflets, government awards, and personal belongings of soldiers. This was the first museum in the world to address the subject of World War II. Put Great Patriotic War Museum into our Minsk tour itinerary tool to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Minsk.
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  • In Australia we rarely hear about the Soviet side of WW2, so this museum was a terrific learning experience.  more »
  • The Museum is very good. Together with his wife took on the audio guide and simply out of reality for 3.5 hours.
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  • This stunned the Museum on the history of World War II. Frankly speaking, there will be no boring exhibits, guides and boring boring transitions from one room to another. The Museum took the good European practices and is designed for mass visitors. There will be interesting to all. Perfectly chosen as exposition with military equipment Museum and small exhibits. Excursion to the Museum passes are pretty interesting. During the excursions you will have time to visit not only the secret apartment underground, but also forest bath partisans find yourself by a tank or belly of the fighter. And just look at the postwar life in a typical apartment at the time. So if you want to take a look at BOB on modern-welcome to the Museum!
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  • Worth to visit for facts about WW2. A lot of installations and artefacts. About 30 million people from USSR were killed or died. Always remember.
  • A great historical place to view for all ages! Saw many cool WWII weapons, there are English explanations for the important elements shown in the exhibitions. Be warned though, it is quite a sad place when you view the photos of WWII, a young kid in the family cried. Otherwise, it is a pleasant, educational experience for everyone
  • Huge modern museum. All its objects are kept well, all the descriptions are accurate and written in belarusian/russian/english. Offers guided tours and souvenirs as well.
  • Fascinating and also all the narrative is in English.
  • Greatest museum! Very cool! Very intresting!

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The funky town of Minsk is flooded with cool hotels and chic apartments to rent, many of which can be quite luxurious. Renting an apartment is a great option--and if you are traveling with a group, you can keep the cost per person down. While bed and breakfasts and guesthouses are not quite as popular in this city, you can find affordable lodging at the nice but less expensive hotels that may sacrifice location or amenities. Most hotels and hostels will arrange to register you as a foreigner with the police. If you rent an apartment-style accommodation, make sure to check in advance whether or not your host will do so. Without registration, you can stay in Belarus for only five business days.
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