Scenery, architecture, and cultural museums and memorials are primary attractions in Belarus. The Belavaezhskaja Puscha Nature Reserve features a variety of wildlife and a nature museum. The city of Hrodna is home to the baroque Farny Cathedral, the Renaissance Bernadine church and monastery, and the History of Religion Museum, which is part of a renovated 18th century palace. There are also two castles in the area, both housing museums.
In 1998 there were 355,342 tourist arrivals in Belarus, up from 254,023 the previous year. Russians accounted for over 211,000 of those visitors. Tourism receipts totaled US $22 million.
In 2000, the US government estimated the cost of staying in Minsk at $144 per day in 1999.