Minsk attractions

Top Choice Museum in Minsk

Museum of the Great Patriotic War

Housed in a garish new building, Minsk's best museum houses an excellent display detailing Belarus' suffering and heroism during the Nazi occupation. With English explanations throughout, atmospheric dioramas and a …
Top Choice Street in Minsk

Vul Kastrychnitskaya

Vul Kastrychnitskaya – still known by its Soviet name, ulitsa Oktyabrskaya – has blossomed into Minsk's unofficial arts district. Brazilian street artists have spray-painted brilliant murals on the giant facades of …
Architecture in Minsk

Pr Nezalezhnastsi

The capital's main thoroughfare impresses with its sheer size. Formerly pr Francyska Skaryny, it runs from what travel writer Colin Thubron dubbed the 'ferroconcrete tundra' of outer Minsk to the modern (read: Sovie…
Museum in Minsk

Museum of Folk Architecture & Rural Lifestyle

Several dozen traditional wood houses, a school, a church and an old windmill have been transplanted to this open-air folk museum in Azyartso, 15km southwest of central Minsk. While not as developed as the similarly…
Museum in Minsk

Belarusian State Art Museum

This excellent museum in one of Minsk's iconic buildings (1939) includes definitive works by Soviet social realists and Russian masters, including Valentin Volkov's social realist Minsk on July 3, 1944 (1944–5), dep…
Arts Centre in Minsk

Ў Gallery of Contemporary Art

This well-established gallery and cultural centre heralded a shift in the artistic landscape when it relocated to vul Kastrychnitskaya in 2018. It is named after a letter unique to the Belarusian language called 'u …
Square in Minsk

Pl Svabody

In the heart of the Old Town just off central vul Lenina is charming pl Svabody, lorded over by the white medieval Ratusha (town hall). Off the northern edge of the square is the baroque, twin-towered Orthodox Cathe…
Monument in Minsk

Zaslavsky Jewish Monument

This extremely moving sight, rather hidden away in a sunken gully amid trees off vul Melnikayte, commemorates the savage murder of 5000 Jews from Minsk at the hands of the Nazis on 2 March 1942. It is made up of scu…
Library in Minsk

National Library of Belarus

For a taste of post-Soviet Belarus, head north of the centre to the new national library, a ghastly piece of Lukashenko-approved hubris. You'll need your passport to enter the main building, which is in the shape of…
Notable Building in Minsk

Former Residence of Lee Harvey Oswald

Just across the bridge over the Svislach River, on the west bank, is the former residence of Lee Harvey Oswald. The assassin of former US president John F Kennedy lived here for a couple of years. The building has e…