In 2009, the project "Museums of Belarus" was started with the launching of the Museum.by Internet portal. The purpose of the portal was to present the museum variety of Belarus on the Internet.
The main objective of the project is to provide museums, regardless of their profile and location, the opportunity to highlight their activities on the Internet. The right to fill and edit museum sites created on the portal has been transferred to the museums themselves.
The other objective was to unite the country's professional museum community in the work on the presentation of the diverse cultural heritage of Belarus. The initiator and performer of the project is Polotsk National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve. Creation and support of the portal is financed by the organization.
Over the decade of operation, the Portal has become a convenient platform for communication between museum workers and visitors, museums and tourist organizations, and searching for like-minded people. New sections, modules and services have been added. Museum.by has expanded the audience, the circle of partner museums, has participated in the coverage of national projects. Today, the "Museums of Belarus" unites 154 state museums of the Republic of Belarus, 87 of them run their websites on our Portal. Pages of the Internet portal gain several million views annually. Museum.by continues to evolve and seeks to attract new visitors.
In 2019, the Museum.by portal switched to a new version of "Museums of Belarus 2.0". The new design and structure made the site more convenient, and the information more accessible for both museums and visitors.
Our awards and achievements:
The official site of the Gantsevichi Local History Museum (gantsevichi.museum.by), created on the basis of the Museum.by portal, took the third place in the "TIBO-2011 Internet Award" in the "Culture and Art" nomination.
The "Museums of Belarus" web portal became the finalist of the XI All-Russian Internet Contest "Golden Site" and won the second award in the Championship of the "Golden Site" in the nomination "Museums, libraries, archives, galleries".
The official website of Polotsk National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve (polotsk.museum.by), created on the basis of the Museum.by web portal, took the second award in the "TIBO-2010 Internet Award" in the "Culture and Art" nomination.
The "Museums of Belarus" web portal entered the list of 10 projects-leaders in the nomination "RUNET OUTSIDE .RU" in the contest "Runet Award 2009".
The "Museums of Belarus" (museum.by) web portal took the first prize in the "TIBO-2009 Internet Award" in the "Culture and Art" nomination.