Vitebsk Regional Local Lore Museum, Vitebsk

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The Vitebsk Regional History Museum is a museum in Vitebsk, Belarus.
Its history begins in the 19th Century, when in 1868 the city opened its first museum in through the Governmental Statistics Committee. In 1918 the Vitebsk Governmental Museum was created through the donations of the private collection of A. Brodovskiy. In 1924 the Vitebsk Department Belgos museum opened, aggregating the previous collections of the Church Archeology Museum, the Vitebsk Archival Commission's Museum, the History Museum of Vitebsk Statistics Committee, and the private collections of V. Fedorovich and A. Brodovski. Also in 1924, it moved to its current location in the city hall, whose 18th century architecture is a symbol of Vitebsk.
The museum contains over 200000 items, among them exhibits such as: brevets of the 18th century; books of the 17th and 18th centuries; weapons from the Patriotic War of 1812; a collection of local embroidery from the 18th and 19th centuries; as well as many materials from the World War II. Also of interest the collections of numismatics, of ancient weapons, and masonic items. In the art section there are works Ilya Repin, Isaac Levitan, Ivan Shishkin, Ivan Khrutski, Makovski, Yehuda Pen as well as modern Vitebsk artists.
Aside from the main museum in the city hall, the museum also includes artistic and literary affiliates, as well as museums of private collections, Ilya Repin's Zdravnevo Manor museum, and an exposition in the former Sicherheitsdienst prison dedicated to Vitebsk's patriots.
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