Museum of Alexander Pushkin will tell you about the life of the poet, show the unique manuscripts and will introduce visitors with political and cultural life of that times. The opening of the Museum of Pushkin occured in may 1990 and was dedicated to the celebration of the 200th birthday of the poet. Basis of the exposition is the private collection of Kyiv citizen Yakov Berdichevsky, who collected materials relating to the life and work of Alexander Pushkin throughout his life.
While getting ready to leave for permanent residence in Germany in 1987, Yakov Berdichevsky donated his collection as a gift to Kyiv woth only one condition — to create in the city the Pushkin Museum. Museum has long been without its own facility and only in 1999, when it was included to the Museum of History of Kyiv, city government gave in its own a little mansion on the Kudryavska street.
The main part of the museum's collection are exhibits of the first half of the 19th century — the period called the "Pushkinskiy". Among the most valuable items — books with author signatures of friends and contemporaries of Pushkin, political works of famous statesmen of that time. A special pride of the museum is the lifetime editions of the poet's works, for example some chapters of the novel "Eugene Onegin". Also you will find in the museum first editions of "Ruslan and Lyudmila", "Southern poems", "The Bakhchsarai fountain" and "The prisoner of the Caucasus".
The Museum building has no relation to Pushkin. The poet have never been there.
Attention of many visitors attracted by the statue of the poet in full growth, made by the sculptor Alexander Terebenev in 1837. The material from which made the statue, is a mixture of crushed minerals, called "biscuit". Interesting exhibit is the publication of the "Contemporary" magazine, a work of Pushkin, magazine even have a censorial permission of Krylov! "Diamond" of the collection is the book owned by Napoleon, presented to great commander by his surgeon Sabatier. When the French, being in Kyiv with a guided tour, visited the Pushkin Museum, saw this rarity, museum's director find it difficult to fend off requests to sell this book. But rarity remained in the museum.