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At GUM--essentially a department store--peruse the aisles for souvenirs such as Russian dolls and handpainted boxes. The building is a typical example of Socialist Realism and serves as a 20th-century architectural landmark. The department store was built in 1951. It offers clothes, shoes, toys, cosmetics, souvenirs, household appliances, and more. Look for Soviet-style radios or digital Elektronika watches--a must for collectors of kitsch. Use our Minsk trip planner to visit GUM on your trip to Minsk, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • There are several floors at this department store. The architecture is interesting, of a bygone (Soviet) era. From what I was told and what I read on the labels of items, most everything is made in...  more »
  • To understand my rating correctly, it is based on the impression of bygone eras and comparison to what GUM used to be. For younger visitors not acquainted with Soviet history, this is an awkward...  more »
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  • Five star as a tourist experience; shopping is probably a 2 ⭐. It is a real step back to the old days with lots of merchandise behind counters and unsmiling help. Still great to look around, with lots of souvenirs in a couple of spots and lady that sells bulk nuts and other delicacies from what looks like a ticket booth. The inside looks like it did years ago, with wide sweeping stairs to the upper floors and early 20th century decorations; worth a visit.
  • Old style but can find some useful things to buy

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