Belarusian National Arts Museum
The museum was officially created in 1939, shortly before the start of the Great Patriotic War (a term used locally and in many other former Soviet republics to describe the conflict from 1941–1945 along the Eastern Front during World War II). In the first months of the war, its substantial collection vanished without a trace, with the whereabouts of much of the original collection still unknown. The museum’s current collection of more than 27,000 objects consists in large part of donations from Russian museums and galleries and private collectors, with a small percentage made up of recovered artworks. Among the museum’s masterpieces are the works of the famous Belarusian, Russian and European painters, such as Yehuda Pen, Mikhail Vrubel, Ilya Repin and Claude Joseph Vernet. The Belarusian National Arts Museum is a centre for innovation in culture and art, and carries out inclusive art projects, educational workshops and lectures. We recommend combining a trip here with a visit to the Piatruś Broŭka Literary Museum just across the street, set within the former home of the late Belarusian poet.