Cat Museum in Minsk Opens New Exhibition

On April 15, a new exhibition titled Cat’s Mark in History opened in the cat museum in Minsk. The exhibition offers its visitors to view unique artefacts from the 16th century, which includefragments of brick with prints of cat and kitten paws. The artefacts were found during archaeological excavations in Berezovets, an ancient settlement near Korelichi in Grodno Region of Belarus. In written sources, Berezovets Castle was first mentioned in 1562.

Since 2013, archeologists from the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and the Grodno State Historical and Archaeological Museum have been conducting a systematic archaeological study of Berezovets Castle. The fragments of bricks with prints of cat paws were found in 2013 and 2015.

In addition to viewing historical relicts, visitors of the museum can play and interact with friendly cats that live there. The cat museum has a vast collection of cat–related art, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, computer graphics, and decorative items. Visitors can also draw pictures of cats, play various games, buy souvenirs, and drink a cup of tea or coffee at the museum café.

The director of the museum is also a cat called Jimmy.

The museum is located on Dzerzhinsky Avenue, not far from Hrushauka Metro Station. Ticket prices range from 30,000 rubles (~1.5 US dollars) to 50.000 rubles (~2.5 dollars).

Cat Museum in Minsk Opens New Exhibition