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“Leaves a lasting impression”

Chernobyl National Museum
Ranked #39 of 535 things to do in Kiev
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 3, 2010

This museum is a must see. I had no idea before that the Chernobyl accident was actually due to a "aggressive test run" of the fail-over capabilities. Furthermore seeing the story of the aftermath makes you deeply respectful for the people who toiled to recover it and went in there to extinguish the fire and clear it up.
It leaves a lasting impression

4  Thank christianlangkamp
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Reviewed February 13, 2010

I'd originally hoped to take one of those tours to the actual Chernobyl accident site, but scheduling didn't allow it so I went to this museum instead. And WOW am I glad I did this instead. This museum tells the real human story behind what happened at Chernobyl.

The museums is a wonderful tribute to the heroes who who emerged after the accident, such a nuclear technicians who stayed at their posts, fire fighters who were first responders, ambulance drivers who drove into the radiation to pull people out. The exhibits are also a real indictment of the Soviet politicians who were more interested in the cover-up than helping the victims.

Nothing is marked in English, but the museum has audio guides that you can rent. They aren't on headphones, so can be shared between two people, and bring all the details of every exhibit to life.

In addition to the historical exhibits, there's also a lot of really well done modern art about the accident and its impact on the world today. The staff there, while they didn't speak English, were very friendly - especially encouraging children towards interesting exhibits.

ABOUT FINDING THE MUSEUM. Most listings say the museum is difficult to find, but I found it very well-marked with signs on nearby streets. If you don't read Cyrillic, look for the red and black signs with the word "YOPHOb----" on them.

5  Thank EugeneLA
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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.

4  Thank Jigsawn
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