The National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus is the main hitorical museum in the Republic of Belarus. The contemporary history of the museum dates to 1957 when a group was formed to organize the Belarusian State Museum of History and Regional Studies. In 1964, it became known as the State Museum of BSSR, and the first exposition was opened three years later. In 1992, the museum was renamed to the National Museum of History and Culture of Belarus, and in 2009 it was given the name National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus. The museum collection consists of 377,918 items, distributed among 48 collections: archaeology, ethography, precious metals and gems, treasures, weapons, manuscripts and old printed books, documents, art, numismatics, national costumes and others. The chronological range of the collection covers the period from the primitive era to the modern times. A number of the museum items from the collection of the National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus are included in the National List of Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Belarus. The museum has two branches: the House Museum of the First Congress of the Russian Social-Democratic Labor Party and the Museum of the Contemporary Belarusian Statehood. Recently, the museum has been focused on enlarging collections with the assistance of sponsors.
The First National Forum "Museums of Belarus". Museum Catalogue. The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus, 2012.