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Minsk, Belarus

There are a lot of places in Belarus that can give you a glimpse into traditional Belarusian culture and help you see how Belarus looked like many centuries ago. There you will be able to see household items, craftwork, hear authentic Belarusian songs watch traditional dances and get a taste of the national cuisine.

The museum of Dudutki  is your choice  number one. It is located 40 km far from Minsk, in Pukhovichi district, in a picturesque place near the Ptich River, a kilometer and a half far from the village of Dudichi.

This village was first mentioned in chronicles in the 11th c. According to the texts of The Tale of Igor’s Campaign . Sinc then it belonged to many noble and famous historical families, In XXIII century  Dudichi became a famous craft and commercial hub.

World War I and World War II together with the 1917 October Revolution destroyed the Elskis’ heritage in Dudichi. Their offspring left the family estate and fled abroad (in Poland, Ukraine, Germany and France). In the 40s-80s of the 20th c. there could be found only the parkland with the remnants of the watermill and the system of the bypass channels. By the beginning of the 90s even old residents of the area had practically forgotten the history of these lands.

In October 1994 on the basis of this farm the museum complex of Dudutki dedicated to ancient folk crafts and technologies was created and had its first visitors. The place  is ewed and developed and that gives us a chance to make popular not only Belarusian folk crafts but the way how people lived in such noble estates as well.

Nowadays Dudutki offers to their visitors:

  • Ethnographic gallery featuring the items of the 18th-20th centuries
  • Handicraft yard (straw and willow weaving)
  • Pottery (museum of ceramics)
  • Woodworker’s shop
  • Blacksmiths shop of the 19th century
  • Creamery
  • Bakery
  • Brewery (a vodka brewing shop)
  • Shed with vintage cars (Zim, Chaika, Horch, Willis, Volkswagen Beetle, Ganomak, Fiat Topolino, Chrysler)

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