Description of the attraction
The Dudutki Museum of Folk Crafts and Technologies is located 40 kilometers from Minsk. The museum began with a farm. The old gentry estate went to businessman Budinas E. D. In 1992, he was given a large plot of land, where he began to farm. An inquisitive farmer became interested in the historical past of his fiefdom and found out that once there was the Dudichi estate, which was famous throughout the district for colorful holidays and rich craft fairs. As a result of the fruitful cooperation of historians and a farmer, the Dudutki open-air museum was born.
Dudutki is a large museum and tourist complex. It includes museum halls, craft workshops, a farm, several establishments serving delicious national food, a hotel complex and even the only legal private production of moonshine in the country. In Belarus, the monopoly on alcohol production belongs to the state, but an exception was made for the Dudutka complex so that visitors to the open-air museum could see a picture of an old noble estate of the 19th century and a rich prosperous village in its entirety.
Despite the fact that all the exhibits of the Dudutki Museum are historically accurate, you can touch them with your hands, feel, smell and even taste them! In the manor house, the interiors and life of the rich gentry have been recreated. In rural huts such a situation reigns that one gets the impression that the owners have left for a moment and are about to return. Tables in the taverns are full of delicious food prepared according to old national recipes. Even beer and moonshine are made here according to recipes told by old-timers. The process of making a strong drink can be seen and tasted.
At the time of the Dudichi estate, the local fair was considered rich - it was held every month on the new moon. Today the fair is held in Dudutki every day. Everything that is produced by local artisans and brought by wealthy merchants can be purchased.
The Dudutki Folk Crafts Museum revives old crafts. Here you can see how the masters work and learn for yourself. There are master classes in pottery, weaving, basket weaving and other interesting applied arts.
There is a smithy, a mill, a bakery, its own small menagerie, a museum of ancient automotive technology and, of course, a cozy, cute village church - completely wooden.
Far beyond the borders of Belarus, Dudutki are famous for their folk and medieval festivals. Participants and guests from all countries come here to show themselves and see others. Listen to real Belarusian, Polish, Lithuanian music, fight in a knightly duel, take part in a competition of well-aimed archers, see a reconstruction of an ancient battle, rite or holiday.
The whole family can come to Dudutki. Anyone here will find interesting things to do and get a lot of impressions and pleasure from the trip.