Jimmy the cat is chief among project leaders

Cat Museum Gallery, in Minsk, welcomes its first visitors; most of them children and their parents

Cat Museum Gallery, in Minsk, welcomes its first visitors; most of them children and their parents


Alla Narovskaya, who oversees the project, noted that children are mostly attracted by the gallery’s furry residents with whom they could take photos or pet. The young people were extremely interested in the Cats in the City exhibition; named after the diptych of the same name. Overall, more than 50 pieces were exhibited, in addition to works of decorative-and-applied arts. In the future, sculptural works will also be added to the display.


The Cat Museum is not a new idea: similar museums work all over the world. Ms. Narovskaya decided on the idea after enjoying the experience of organising the March Cats show, held in Minsk annually since 2004. The Cat Museum primarily features works by Belarusian artists (which can be bought); similar works by foreign artists will also be displayed. The organisers of the event plan to host themed exhibitions on a regular basis. After Cats in the City, they plan to show Cats of Antique Rome and Women and Cats. The gallery also plans to host other cultural and enlightening events. In addition, there will be a café offering coffee, cocktails and ice cream to its guests.

At present, the museum is home to five live animals, including the ‘director’, Scottish Jimmy.

By Alexey Semenov

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