Chornobyl National Museum

Chornobyl National Museum

Kyiv, Ukraine

 
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Chornobyl National Museum
Chornobyl National Museum
Chornobyl National Museum
Chornobyl National Museum
Chornobyl National Museum
Address
Khoryv lane, 1
Kyiv
Kyiv Region
Ukraine
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Phone Number
+38 044 4825627
Opening hours
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended duration
3 hours

The tragedy about which the government remained silent. Disaster about which inhabitants of the country that suffered the most from radiation did not know. 26 April 1986 was the starting point for the beginning of a long and overdue reflection on that, if "peaceful atom" is really peaceful...

When you enter the museum you can see the signs all 70 settlements of Ukraine whose residents were forced to leave their homes and go to nowhere. The whole exposition includes about 7 000 exhibits — declassified documents, maps, photographs, monuments of Polesie folk architecture collected by expeditions to the Chornobyl evacuation zone. For example, you can see the nuclear power plant operator's log where he was made records in the first hours after the explosion — it is terrible to know that this man has lived only 2 weeks after the accident.

Also you can see unique videos about the catastrophe and its consequences (did you know that helicopter that fought with fire fell to the reactor with all its crew?), the scale model of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant.

Museum is located at the Podil Fire Station (here and in the neighbouring building in 1980s, housed the Kiev Regional Fire Department, which took the brunt to extinguish the fire at Chornobyl).

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Well presented. Could be critical. For example, Geiger counter in front of the exhibited objects aushandigen.
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Gut prasentiert. Konnte kritischer sein. Z.B. Geigerzahler vor den ausgestellten Objekten aushandigen.
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Almost all in Ukrainian.
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Almost all in Ukrainian.
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Most of the exhibits are simply letters and documents. Really interesting installations little. However, the tour is very informative and a symbolic price won't make you think "is it worth it to go?" Worth it. Go.
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Большинство экспонатов - просто письма и документы. По настоящему интересных инсталляций мало. Тем не менее экскурсия весьма информативна, а чисто символическая цена не заставит вас задумываться "А стоит ли идти?" Стоит. Сходите.
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It's not a museum, just a money making machine. The only words the ticket office lady can say in English is the price. She didn't even say hi. Worst public attention ever
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Nice museum but pretty small
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A great place to visit for everyone! An ambitious and interesting exhibition, the guide - very much. The cost of entry - symbolic - 10 UAH.
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Отличное место, которое стоит посетить каждому! Масштабная и интересная выставка, профессиональная работа экскурсовода - очень понравились. Стоимость входного билета - чисто символическая - 10 грн.
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Museum for the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. no attempt to embellish the facts of the disaster. Well presented to the visitors.
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Pretty hard to find without Google maps.
A crude and sad recollection of the immense disaster.
With the audio guide aviable in English will take around 1-2 hours
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The place is beautiful history. The story that the current generation has no idea. A very good place to see the time, of course, important in the history of postwar Europe
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Miejsce pięknej historii. Historii o której obecne pokolenie nie ma pojęcia. Bardzo dobre miejsce by zobaczyć moment bez wątpienia ważny w historii powojennej Europy
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This museum is a half-memorial, half-educational site detailing the events before and after the Chernobyl Disaster. If you don't feel brave enough to go on an excursion to Pripyat and the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, this is the next best thing. In fact, I'd recommend visiting the museum first before the trip. It gives a detailed history of the disaster as well as providing some necessary context for what events occurred in what location. Definitely recommended. There is some signage in English. Pre-recorded audio tours are available in English for the non-Russian visitors.
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Quite an interesting exposition telling the story of the greatest nuclear disaster in history. Entrace fee - 10 UAH. You `re also able to rent an audioguide in different languages (russian, ukrainian, english, german etc.) - 50 UAH (+ 100 UAH of a deposit you`ll be given back after visiting musium).
It`s worth to visit it at least once to see the reasons why people should act more sensible.
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Fascinating and sad museum.
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Very informative museum about the Chernobyl catastrophe.
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Very hard to find! I walked between signs and around places and I asked to so many local people also but I can't find! Anyone knows where the place. Then I gave up! I didn't see the museum :(
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Museum was perfect with mixed ancient and sad emotions and I really enjoyd with lights. But we got a little problem that they have no English speaker guide available at that moment.
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This is a very interesting museum. Lots of detailed information. English audioguides are available.  An english speaking guide is also sometimed available.  Very thorough coverage of a great tragedy.
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The Chernobyl Museum can be difficult to find, the directions that I had were a bit unclear and I spent 30 minutes walking around the area because I was looking for the wrong street. If you know where you are going, the museum is located only about a 5-10 minute walk from the metro station exit. 

The actual museum isn't that big, you can wander around the whole thing in less than an hour. I had a slight misunderstanding with the lady selling tickets due to the language barrier - she was terribly mean, and screamed at me rudely in Russian because I didn't understand that tickets could not be purchased in advance. If you don't speak Russian, you will probably be better off because you won't be able to understand the offensive things that she says about you to her co-workers. 

The museum itself is interesting, you can see the actual documents, photos and artifacts from people who lived and worked in the Chernobyl factory. However, I would recommend getting a headset (they offer many different languages) for an audio tour of the museum because all the displays and exhibits are in Russian.

Admission to the museum cost 10 UAH per person and audio guide headsets cost 50 UAH each. If you would like to take photos inside the museum, you will have to pay an extra 20 UAH. 
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