Gomel Palace and Park Ensemble
"The Gomel Palace and Park Ensemble" is one of the oldest museum institutions in the Republic of Belarus. It consists of six museum objects. The buildings of the institution are architectural monuments of the 18th-19th centuries and are included in the State List of Historical and Cultural Values Protected by the State.
The palace and park complex includes the palace of the Rumyantsev and the Paskevich, an architectural monument of the late 18th to mid 19th centuries, the chapel and tomb of the Paskeviches — an architectural monument of Neo-Russian style of the late 19th century, the administrative building, the Winter Garden and the observation tower — monuments of 19th century architecture, the ancient park — a monument of nature and landscape gardening of the mid 19th century. The object of the state historical and cultural institution is also the Khaletski estate, an architectural monument of the mid-19th century, located in the village of Khalch, Vetka district, Gomel region.
The employees of the institution are engaged in research, collecting, educational and methodological work. During the year the museum is visited by more than 300 thousand visitors, about 100 new exhibitions are organized every year, various events and concerts are held. Annually the museum's collection is replenished with new exhibits.
The Museum collection of the Gomel Palace and Park Ensemble is one of the richest in the Republic of Belarus. The basis of the collection is made up of memorial items from the collections of the Rumyantsev and Paskevich. Even though it is a small collection, it is the most significant in the country as it gives an idea of the decoration of the rich noble estates of the late XIX century. The most interesting collections of the museum are: memorial items of the Paskevich family; archeological and numismatic collection; collection of manuscripts and old printed books; ethnographic collection; icon painting and cult items; marine organisms. Materials about prominent statesmen, military leaders, representatives of science, culture, education, whose life and activities were connected with the history of the region, as well as a collection of paintings by Gomel artists occupy a worthy place in the expositions and collections of the museum.