The Museum “The Saved Artistic Values” is a branch of the Brest Regional Museum of Local Lore. Opened on February 4, 1989 in the mansion, which, ironically, is itself a saved artistic value. This monument of architecture was built in 1925-27 according to the project of the architect Yu. Lisetskiy and miraculously survived among modern urban buildings.
The museum collects art values confiscated on the border by Brest customs officers. Alas, the museum’s collection is the richest, and it is regularly replenished with new confiscate. The unusual theme of the collection and its variety attracts a lot of Brest residents and tourists every day, who with great interest inspect both the values themselves and the ways they were tried to transport through customs.
The cynical barbarity with which the nation’s cultural heritage is trying to export abroad at any cost is striking. Thus, the museum presents the priceless ancient icon “St. Vasily Sevastsky with life “, sawn in 6 parts.
The exposition of the museum is presented in 10 rooms. In the first hall you can see unique materials about the activities of the Brest customs to prevent the export of cultural and artistic values abroad. Three halls occupy confiscated icons, the third of them icons in silver salaries. The most ancient icons in the museum date back to the 16th century. Among them “The Savior in the Force”, “The Mother of God of Vladimir”, “Annunciation”.
In other halls antique furniture, jewelry, arts and crafts from all countries of the world are collected. There are also famous Faberge jewelry, and Buddha statuettes, and masterpieces of world art.
During the existence of the museum, it became a fashionable cultural center of the city. Literary evenings, concerts, interesting exhibitions and other events are held here.