This smallish museum, which tells the story of the military history of the Gomel region from prehistory to the present day, first opened in 2004, and the full collection was officially opened the following year. The collection is housed in 8 rooms in a 2-storey building, and the main focus is, unsurprisingly, on the Great Patriotic War and in particular, the operation that led to Gomel’s liberation on November 26, 1943.
The courtyard behind the museum building contains a collection of wartime and post-war armour, artillery, missiles, and aviation. One interesting exhibit is a hospital train. There is also a collection of busts of some of the senior Soviet commanders, including Georgiy Zhukov and Konstantin Rokossovskiy, who commanded the Belarussian Front during the liberation of the city.
The museum is at 5 Pushkin Street (Пушкина 5) in the centre of Gomel. It opens daily from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm in the summer months (May-September) and from 10:00 to 6:00 the rest of the year. Admission costs 2,500 rubles (less than €0.50), with a photography permit costing an extra 4,000 rubles. The museum’s web site is in Russian only.