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“Learn the story behind the disaster in-depth, go here before visiting Chernobyl!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chernobyl National Museum

Chernobyl National Museum
Kharyvyj Pereulok,1, Kiev, Ukraine
+380 44 417 5422
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Ranked #27 of 501 things to do in Kiev
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Learn the story behind the disaster in-depth, go here before visiting Chernobyl!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2009

A small but in-depth museum quite well hidden in the area of Podil. It is rammed full of information about the day of the Chernobyl disaster, the people that were involved and their fates, and then goes on to explain the causes and the aftermath. Photos are allowed inside.

This museum is a must-see if you are planning to visit Chernobyl itself (or have already been), and for those who aren't it's still probably an interesting look at a unique world disaster. It focusses more on the people who were involved and affected by the disaster which is a welcome change.

A cheap English audio tour can be rented at the ticket desk (the staff didn't speak English but were helpful). It's definitely worth it, it's about an hour long and covers the majority of the museum exhibits.

The museum contains models detailing the disaster, first hand accounts and personal effects of people who died that day, and photographs of the clean-up and aftermath. It looks into individual stories of different people from those at the reactor to the organisers of the clean-up, to medical staff and scientists still involved today.

The entry fee is cheap, 5 uah each when we visited, about 10uah for the audio tour (which isn't earphones so can be shared). We found finding the museum tricky, I recommend a detailed map of the area around as the street names aren't marked. When you pass it it's obvious due to the big tower and assortment of ambulances and an APC parked outside. Check the attached photos. A bit of wandering around that area and you should find it. Also be warned that the big main door makes it look closed - don't be afraid and just enter. Allow just over an hour if you take the audio tour.

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