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.
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.
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.