Unexpected gem. 5th Fort belongs on Belarus tourist lists even for non-history diehards.
Exhibits in heated portion of fort interior are thoughtfully curated in contemporary museum style. Huge thank you for English captions, a tremendous assist to interested tourists that broadens museum’s mainstream appeal.
The star is the fort itself which is explored on one’s own. As written elsewhere, bring a flashlight. Really. It’s dark, wet, and easy to get hurt.
For diehards, 5th Fort is one of several extant similar structures. It’s in great shape unlike others which are trickier to access and more precarious to traverse. For those interested in exploring this era of fort or the WWII relevance, this is the right choice and is convenient to Brest.
I assume it’s a curatorial choice that there is no information available in the bowels of the fort itself. That’s fair. Exhibit portion seeks to academically prepare one for what to look for. But I’d propose numbering key elements (e.g., blast door, heavy gun, seating apparatus in hallway, ventilation duct, ammunition storage chamber) then providing a hardcopy paper with details by number. That’s an unobtrusive, small footprint way of helping me better understand the story you want to tell.
Thank you for so beautifully preserving this important history.