The Opera & Ballet Theatre

(plošča Paružskaj Kamuny, 1)

The Opera & Ballet Theatre (also called The Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus) has been constructed prior to the inception of the WWII – in 1938. However, at the beginning of hostilities, the bomb hit the theatre and damaged it heavily. The building was repaired in 1947 and fully reconstructed in 2000.  Nowadays, judging by the majestic constructivist look of the theatre, which sometimes resembles a huge spaceship, one wouldn’t tell the hardships of its destiny. It’s quite a puzzle to get the tickets for the show at The Opera & Ballet Theatre, so if you’re willing to hear classic opera or see the ballet mind getting them well in advance. If you’re not into classic arts, take a moment to enjoy a walk in a secluded and quiet part around the theatre. 

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Janka Kupala Theatre

(vulica Enhelsa, 7)

The oldest theatre of Minsk has opened its doors to the public in 1890. At a time it was equipped with the most advanced technologies and citizens have been thinking of it as of the most beautiful and elegant building of the city. In 1917 the theatre has housed the premiere of “Paŭlinka” – the show based on the play by famous Belarusian writer Janka Kupala. The show is still a trademark of the theatre, each season opens up with it (and the theatre itself is often referred to as Kupalaŭski, due to its dedication to this author). However, we’d recommend to see the contemporary shows – “Art” and “Radziva Prudok” to name a few. All shows are staged in Belarusian, of course. 

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Horkaha Theatre

(vulica Valadarskaha, 5)

The story of this building at Valadarskaha str. 5 is hardly carefree. It begins in 1906 when the Minsk Choral Synagogue was erected at this site. It has been built in a fashionable manner – mimicking the look of Mauritanian style of The Budapest’s synagogue. Right until 1921 the synagogue at Valadarskaha remained the central one. But since 1923 its adventures have commenced. The building became a home for the Soviet workers’ club, later it has been hosting a cinema. In 1930-s Jewish theatre occupied the place. After the WWII the building was dramatically rebuilt in the classicistic manner bearing nothing in common with what it has been before. Just a tiny part of the exterior on its sides have preserved the old Mauritanian style. After the reconstruction the theatre has reopened as the Russian theatre, presenting the repertoire of Russian and foreign classic pieces. 

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The National Arts Museum

(vulica Lienina, 20)

The most impressive collection of visual arts in Belarus is expecting the visitors of The National Arts Museum. Here one will find collections of masterpieces from East and West, as well as the vast collection of Russian paintings, social realism pieces, and, of course, works of Belarusian artists. Periodically, the museum brings in the exhibitions of world-famous artists. Works of impressionists, artists of Belarusian descent belonging to the School of Paris, and some of Leonardo da Vichy’s inventions have visited the museum.  Recently, The National Arts Museum has hosted the exhibition of Israel Basov, gathering the collection of his best works under the same roof for the first time ever.  Thanks to the efforts of the young and ambitious team of the museum’s curators the place can offer the array of authors’ excursions, interactive programmes, and activities tailored for kids. A nice café offering snacks and coffee comes as a bonus to this museum. 

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Azhur Museum and Studio

(vulica Azhura, 8)

A former studio of the most famous Belarusian sculptor has been turned into a museum. It is a perfect place to get a heavy portion of the Soviet vibe.There are 425 sculptures of heroic soldiers, writers and communist leaders. You can hardly find a place in Belarus where the number of Lenins and Stalins per square meter would be so high. The atmosphere of Azhur Studio is pretty intense and cinematic: some scenes of the much talked-of movie “Cristal” by belarusian director Daria Zhuk have been shot right here.

Lots of events and lectures are often held in the museum, check out the schedule here.

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