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Great Patriotic War Museum

Lavrskaya st., 24, Kiev, Ukraine (Lypky)
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Ranked #11 of 383 Attractions in Kiev
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Geneva, Switzerland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
42 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I cannot judge the museum itself (entrance fees apply) as I stayed all the time outside and walked all around the full site. Still, there is so much to view and visit outside the museum that I can only recommend this full site. One of the most striking experience is certainly to listen to the loud communist propaganda on the... More

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Kiev, Ukraine
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159 reviews 159 reviews
26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Its nice to be outdoor and enjoy the view of the left bank, some interesting sculptures from communism time and old airplanes and tanks. But that's it.

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Berkeley CA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
30 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The museum closed on us 30 minutes early. (This probably explained why they charged us only half at the entrance, but…) A great many military artifacts, and there is an English key available. You can see a loaf of the "bread" given out during the siege of Leningrad. Note also the ironic Communist style to credit individual workers of every... More

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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Good collection of military equipment; land, air and sea. Plan to spend at least 1 hour to fully appreciate all that is on display. There is an opportunity to sit in a vintage MIG jet and attack helicopter and take pictures.

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Canberra, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

There were many excellent displays in this museum and there was a summary card in English in each room of the main collection. It's worth a visit and I whipped through in 75 mins which was a bit rushed. The display on the German occupation was particularly informative. The Afghanistan collection in a separate building was also well presented but... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This museum was excellent. There were so many artifacts that you could stay there for a few hours. They have information cards about each section in many different languages. It was very impressive.

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Donetsk, Ukraine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you ever wanted to see what the eastern front looked like, this is the place to see it. The Afghanistan memorial is well worth the visit also. For 200 hvn you can also climb up to the rodina mart's shield

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is a huge exhibition that requires about 2-3 hours, providing a detailed history of WWII from a Ukrainian perspective. Dramatic and moving. It's also worth heading for the top of Rodina Mat, the gigantic statue above the museum higher than the Statue of Liberty. It's possible to go right up to the top of her left hand and shield,... More

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35 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The actual museum (inside buidling) is split into two floors. The top floor is dedicated to Afghanistan material and the bottom floor depicts communist involvement in struggles across the globe (Cuba, Vietnam, Africa, etc). The interior museum is completely in Russian language and no guide books or tutorials are available....still worth going. Be aware that taking photos is a additional... More

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Budapest, Hungary
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50 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

During our last day in Kiev in October 2013, we (a couple) had a chance to walk through the territory of the Great Patriotic War Museum. Our path led from the exit of Kiev Pechersk Lavra till the monument of Mother Motherland. While walking in the path, there were Soviet WWII-related songs coming from the speakers around. From one point... More

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