Forty kilometres from Minsk, in a picturesque
area of 160 hectares, an attempt to reconstruct an 18-th, 19-th and early
20-th centuries Belarusian province is being made.
Dudutki is a museum:
- of material culture where past and future are brought together;
- of technology where each exhibit is brought to life;
- of the old way of life where collections of exhibits help one perceive the general picture of common life;
- of handicrafts where a piece of wood, clay, or steel are brought to life before your eyes;
- of "the gifts of nature", a museum of labour for augmenting its riches;
- of the way of life where you are plunged in the world of adventures and games;
- Dudutki - is a romantic voyage to the past and return to tomorrow;
In inviting you to visit this seemingly unremarkable corner of Belarus with its quiet river Ptich' (which once was one of the waterways called "from the Vikings to the Greeks") and its inviting name, like a tune of a faraway fife, "Du-du-t-ki"..., we would like to give you pleasure of acquaintance with the history and culture of this land, its traditions, nature, customs and manners.
Let the smell of fresh shavings in an ancient joiner's workshop, the reflection of the raw clay reviving in the potter's hands, the rippling of water near the moss-covered oaks, the squeak of the mill and the sound of an anvil, the taste of cottage cheese and exciting fragrance of bread, baked right before your eyes return you for a moment to the almost forgotten childhood sensations and remind that the joy of life is that we do not live in vain, and nothing ends when we leave this world...
All the exhibits in the museum - buildings, tools, mechanisms, vehicles -- are being reconstructed and repaired so that they may be (further practically used anew.) It gives visitors a unique opportunity "to take part in the game " by taking the exhibits into their hands, trying it, and becoming entirely absorbed in the atmosphere of the past.
In the Handicrafts Shop you will not only be able to see how works are made using traditional technology, but also to join the craftwork and participate in the creative process. Having sat down to a table at the invitation of local hosts, you will experience first-hand the fruits of their labours and their cordial hospitality while having the chance to hear traditional folk songs. whatever the time of year, whatever the weather, you will invariably be impressed by the variety of life and the opportunity Dudutki provides its visitors to spend a day interestingly and full of content.
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