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5 March – 16 January
Exhibition Complex (room 104)

A unique project "Glitter of Outfits and the Secrets of Flirting" is on show in the Exhibition Complex of the library (room 104) from the 5th of March. The exhibits are presented from the private collection of Mr Ihar Surmacheuski.

The exposition includes more than 300 items and artefacts of the past centuries, which can give odds to the best museums in the world: a ball gown made by the famous couturier Baron Christoph von Drekoll for Maria Valeria Habsburg; ermine muff trimmed with silk; light dress (teadress) "Pansies" for the boudoir and morning breakfast; purple brocade dress with floral brochette by a Parisian milliner (“Mme Chaux. 70 Rue Truffaut Paris”).

The names of many male and female artefacts of the 18th – 19th centuries on display are not at all familiar to our modern ears: carne de bal, portresor, page, billets doux, fizma, tussi-moussi, dressing case, snuff box, agraph, etc.

It will be possible to plunge into the atmosphere of the past centuries and feel the spirit of the times that reigned during the ball, go all the way from choosing and preparing a dress, improving dance steps to a secret flirting game and, finally, summing up the "Cupid's victories" until the end of the year.

For more info: (+375 17) 368 37 37.

The opening hours of the exhibition correspond to the library’s opening hours.


  • adults – 10 rubles,
  • students of secondary, specialized secondary and higher educational institutions  – 5 rubles,

family ticket:

  • a group of two adults and one child under 16 – 21 rubles,
  • a group of two adults and two children under 16  – 24 rubles,
  • multiple children family (upon presentation of a supporting document) – 24 rubles.

Free admission to the exhibition with the right to take photos and videos is allowed for children under 8 years of age, inmates of children's homes, people with disabilities (upon presentation of a supporting document), as well as the accompanying persons for groups of schoolchildren, pupils of educational institutions (1 accompanying person per 10 children).

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