Belarusian State Art Museum
Bust of Felix Dzerzhinsky
On one side of Ploshcha Nezalezhnastsi is a long narrow park with a bust of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the founder of the KGB's predecessor (the...
Across the street from Oktyabrskaya pl is Tsentralny Skver (Central Sq), a small park on the site of a 19th-century marketplace. The...
Heading northeast from pl Nezalezhnastsi is the main part of pr Nezalezhnastsi and the bustling heart of Minsk, including the Soviet-era...
My English Granny
A stone's throw from the president's office, this charming Belarusian place boasts wooden beams, a tiled fireplace, wrought-iron light...
Lonely Planet review
This excellent state museum has been renovated and now includes a light-bathed extension out the back that features local art from the 1940s to the 1970s. Don't miss Valentin Volkov's socialist realist Minsk on July 3, 1944 (1944–5), depicting the Red Army's arrival in the ruined city. Yudel Pen, Chagall's teacher, is well represented, including his 1914 portrait of Chagall. There's also an impressive collection of icons, some great realist depictions of late-19th-century life in the Russian Empire and several works by Nikolai Ge, Ilya Repin, Isaak Levitan, Isaak Brodsky, Mikhail Nesterov and Konstantin Makovsky.