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Ozertso Village Museum tour

updated on 09/01/2017

This tour takes you into the Belarusian countryside where an original open-air village museum is located. Its exhibits are authentic wooden village buildings collected from across different ethnographic regions of Belarus. Arranged into several streets these manors give you a clear picture of the 19-century Belarusian village. In the traditional village buildings - houses, barns and churches - household tools and other items of the everyday life of a Belarusian peasant are exhibited. 

Centuries ago Belarus didn't have a stern image of an industrialized country - which it acquired in the USSR - its culture and economy were based mostly on village and its products. Touring this museum will give you an idea of what traditional countryside houses looked like in the 19th century (you might be surprised that inside a village log house it is quite cool during the hot summer days) and feel the way of life of the Belarusian peasants and farmers. Festivals dedicated to Belarusian folk holidays are staged in the museum from time to time preserving the country's traditions. 

A visit to the restored 19th century tavern (with a very handy modern restroom) will lift your spirits. The tavern serves traditional foods and drinks (including alcoholic ones) and their bread and kvass made on the premises are fantastic. Weather permitting the meals can be served outdoors enabling you to enjoy the scenic vistas. Private vendors are often there with the hand-made souvenirs to make this short break to the museum a highlight of your tour to Belarus.

Tour duration: 4.0 hours, around 60 km round way.

Tour price: USD 130 (per car, 1-2 pax)*

Note: the price quoted for the present Minsk tour is for reference purpose and is confirmed upon request. It covers transportation (the standard option for 1-2 pax is Skoda Superb), an English-speaking guide-driver, entrance fees, travel services and taxes. The exact price can be confirmed upon request. The tour is available round the week, except Mondays and Tuesdays. If you would like to overnight in a real village house with a stove, my farmstay Forest Inn is at your service.

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