Sep 10

Dudutki Ethnographic Museum (Muzeul Etnografic Dudutki)

Dudutki Ethnographic Museum is located in Belarus, at about 40 km distance from Minsk. Tourists are probably interested in one thing: “Is the museum worth visiting? The answer to this question is definitely ‘Yes’. Because the items on display represent the past and present intertwined. While some might not be interested in learning anything about the historical evolution of a specific country, it should be reminded that each fragment of the past contributes to the more general setting in which we all live in the present.

The exhibitions consist of a multitude of items made out of clay, steel or wood, each with a craftsmanship that cannot be easily surpassed.

The cultural institution was founded in 1993 and it expands over 160 hectares. The museum is actually created in the open space, where everything is presented as it would have been set in its natural setting. This museum is actually a 19th century estate which has been owned by the then residents of Dudutki for 130 years. At present, the museum is undergoing a renovation in the sense that the administration is trying to construct a replica of the way in which the Belarusian village presented itself in the 18th, 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. These unique representations of rural life in its different hypostases have drawn tourists from all over the world because it allows individuals to discover not only the way in which people in the countryside led their life, but they can also unveil the secrets of ancient crafts.

What is it that Dudutki Ethnographic Museum has to offer? Tourists will have the opportunity not only to see the 19th century craftsmanship brought to life in the 21st century, but they will also be able to bring a piece of the past back with them into the present. You will have the chance to take a souvenir with you, such as a ceramic object designed on the spot for you by people who masterfully control this art.

You will get to see an actual windmill and have a taste of homemade dairy products, which still preserve their original taste, having been created using the ingredients and cooking methods of the past. There is also an old blacksmith’s shop where you can actually see the blacksmith at work.

Everything still preserves the authentic feel of an 19th century village so you will have no problem in allowing yourself to be transposed to older times when life seemed to have been much simpler.  If anything, a visit to the museum will please the senses and relax the mind, offering a great experience to tourists wandering around Minsk.