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Minsk, Belarus

 
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Museum-Park of Stones
Museum-Park of Stones
Museum-Park of Stones
Museum-Park of Stones
Address
Academic Kuprevich str.
Minsk
Minsk Region
Belarus
Opening hours
The whole day

This place has not officially received the status of a museum, but has been considered as such for nearly three decades. There are no tickets - place is open for everyone. You will hardly meet anything like that in other capitals of Europe. Only Lithuania has created a similar museum, but it is several times smaller than that in Minsk. Here are several interesting facts about the museum.

The museum is located in the eastern part of Minsk. The nearest metro station is Urucca (Uruchcha). The open-air museum (also called park) is open around the clock. Boulders on its territory are not scattered randomly. Rather, they recreate the map of Belarus.  

Here is a kind of legend for this map: "A group of stones" means a city; "three spruce" - a regional center (city or town); "paths" between them are transport arteries or rivers; "artificial hills" represent real hills (Belarus has quite a plain relief); "low-growing shrubs" - Belarus' borders etc. According to historians, exhibits lie on the imaginary map exactly where their hometowns are located. 

The northwest of the park houses the exhibition "Life-giving province" (habitats where the stones originate from). The so-called Petrographic Collection (a circle with a collection of stones of various kinds inside) is located in the southeastern corner. 

  • Altar Stone

    Altar Stone

  • Astronomic Stone

    Astronomic Stone

  • Border Amulet Stone

    Border Amulet Stone

    Such stones were placed on estates' borders and are believed that they protect owners. In 1842 the nobleman Adam Haldakouski bought the land and built a manor house on it. To commemorate and ratify his purchase, he carved the deed to the property on this stone. Signs on the stone: ‘1842’, ‘AH’ (Adam Haldakouski).
  • Sledavik Stone

    Sledavik Stone

    So-called sledaviki (stones with traces), are thought to have special power because of fingerprints left on the surface. Some say they belong to the Devil, while others claim they are divine.
  • Stone of Stefan Batory

    Stone of Stefan Batory

    A cross with a height of more than one and a half meters, width - about a meter and 35-40 centimeters thick.
  • Altar Stone
  • Astronomic Stone
  • Border Amulet Stone
  • Sledavik Stone
  • Stone of Stefan Batory

Boulders which remind millstones were actually used as altars. For example, an enormous stone called “Grandfather” found on the shore of the Svisloch river near the Dinamo stadium was once the center of a pagan temple. Astonishingly, this pagan temple endured for more than 1,000 years, and was torn down only in the beginning of the 20th century.

The so-called Boris stones survived from the Ice Age. They have carved crosses and inscriptions, among which the name of the Prince of Polotsk Boris is mentioned. Previously it was thought that these crosses are miraculous and can cure diseases after people touched them. They were symbols of the fight of the new faith [Christianity] with paganism.

  • Ritual Stone

    Ritual Stone

  • Ritual Stone

    Ritual Stone

  • Ritual Stone

    Ritual Stone

  • Ritual Stone

    Ritual Stone

  • Ritual Stone
  • Ritual Stone
  • Ritual Stone
  • Ritual Stone

Some stones, the so-called "sledoviki" (stones with traces), are thought to have special power because of fingerprints left on the surface. Some say they belong to the Devil, while others claim they are divine. 

Large stone crosses, boulders with mysterious symbols and text labels — cold forbidding blocks — they will not leave you indifferent.

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It's not a museum at all, just a small park with big stones. Locals are often drinking cheap booze here. It's quite here but nothing to see, you should better go to the City Center

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Quiet place, nice for walking. Like the Internet is information, what the stones represented there, but in reality there are no signs - what is this and where, so not very impressed.

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Тихое место, приятное для прогулок. Вроде в интернете есть информация, какие именно камни там представлены, но в реальности нет никаких табличек - что за камень и откуда, поэтому впечатление не очень.
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One star removed only for the fact that police patrol should go there more often. because the number of drunken companies sometimes exceeds reasonable limits.

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Одну звездочку убрал только за то, что патрули милиции там должны ходить чаще. потому что количество пьяных компаний иногда превышает разумные пределы.
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Quite small park. From the top it looks like the country with main cities and rivers.

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A very interesting place. And the children after the examination of all the stones I sleep like the dead)))

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Очень интересное место. А дети после обследования всех камней спят, как убитые)))
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An interesting and unusual place located in a quiet Park of the sleeping area. Map the RB on a smaller scale. To complete the experience needed satellite map of the Museum, to understand where to go and where everything is. Not enough signs and symbols of the area.

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Интересное и необычное место, расположенное в тихом парке спального района. Карта РБ в уменьшенном масштабе. Для полноты впечатлений нужна спутниковая карта музея, чтоб понимать куда идти и где, что находится. Не хватает указателей и обозначений местности.
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Good Park Museum, suggest to take a walk, sit in good weather!

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Хороший парк-музей, советую погулять, посидеть в хорошую погодку!
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Great Park for a simple walk, but only in the daytime

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Отличный парк для простой прогулки, но только в светлое время суток
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Great place. Boulders lined map of Belarus. Large clusters of boulders marked hills. Nearby is the Institute of Geology.

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Отличное место. Валунами выложена карта Беларуси. Большими скоплениями валунов обозначены возвышенности. Рядом расположен НИИ геологии.
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Love this place,every day more and more beautiful 15 years ago there were a lot of kids now grow up and drink beer,we and our children grew up here ))) thanks to those people who clean and ennoble the Museum of stones !!!

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Очень нравится это место,с каждым днём всё краше,лет 15 назад было много деток теперь вырасли и пьют пиво,мы и наши дети здесь росли ))) спасибо тем людям которые убирают и облагораживают музей камней !!!
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