The Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum in Kiev tells the story of the world’s worst nuclear accident.
In April 1986 the reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, around 65 miles north of Kiev, failed due to a combination of design flaws and operator errors.
The resulting explosion and fire sent huge quantities of radioactive material into the atmosphere. It spread over much of Europe, seriously contaminating large areas in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Sweden, and Finland.
Exhibition rooms at the museum are filled with harrowing pictures, models, and displays. Some of the most interesting exhibits explore the role of the ‘liquidators’. These brave rescue workers attempted to secure and clean up the reactor and surrounding area after the disaster. Many were exposed to high doses of radiation and had their lives cut short.
There is little written information at the museum in English. To get the most out of your visit and understand the exhibits, the audio tour is absolutely essential (unless of course you can read and understand Ukrainian/Russian).
Entrance to the museum cost just 10 UAH. If you want to take photos add 30 UAH to the admission price. The audio guide costs an additional 50 UAH.
The Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, with last admission at 5 pm.
It’s not well signposted. Look for the tower of the building. The entrance is next to the military vehicles parked outside.
Visit Kiev Ukraine toured the Chernobyl Museum in January 2017. Information (prices, opening times etc.) are from the date of our visit.
Tourist attractions and things to do near Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum include:
- Museum of One Street (0.4 miles) - Small, award-winning museum
- Andrew’s Descent (0.5 miles) - The city’s most artistic street.
- St Andrew’s Church (0.5 miles) - Colourful Baroque church
- St Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery (0.8 miles) - Features a sky blue cathedral and magnificent bell tower
- St Sophia’s Cathedral (1.0 miles) - One of Kiev’s most impressive landmarks
Restaurants and places to eat and drink near Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum include:
- Vero Vero (0.3 miles) - Cosy Italian restaurant in the Podil area of the city. Great summer terrace with fountain.
- Hutorets (0.4 miles) - Ukrainian restaurant offering cuisine from all regions of the country. Located on a boat on the Dnieper River in the Podil area of the city.
- Kanapa (0.5 miles) - Offers traditional Ukrainian cuisine. Situated in a quaint wooden building on Andrew's Descent, one of the most popular streets for tourists in Kiev.
- Solomenskaya Brewery (0.5 miles) - Pub and restaurant on Andrew’s Descent. Offers excellent beer. Close to St Andrew’s Church.
- Oxota NA Ovets (0.5 miles) - Upmarket Asian steakhouse. Situated in the Vozdvyzhenka, an luxury residential area of the city.
- Za Dvoma Zaytsyamy (Chasing Two Hares) (0.5 miles) - Named after a famous 1960s Soviet film. Transports guest into Kiev at the beginning of the 20th century. Wonderful atmosphere. Live music most evenings.
- Happy Grill Bar (0.6 miles) - American bar and restaurant in Podil. Offers steaks, burgers etc. Known for its good-looking waitresses. Close to the Funicular and Fairmont Grand.
- PR Bar (0.6 miles) - Fantastic cosy bar in Podil. Great cocktails.
- 100 Rokiv Tomu Vpered (100 Years Ago In The Future) (0.7 miles) - Modern Ukrainian cuisine. Excellent service.
- Spotykach (0.8 miles) - Contemporary Ukrainian cuisine. Unique atmosphere and great service. Located near St Sophia’s Cathedral.
- Kosatka (0.8 miles) - Cafe/bar close to St Sophia’s Cathedral. Attracts a youthful crowd.
- Podol Plaza Hotel (0.2 miles)
- Staro Hotel (0.4 miles)
- Number 21 by DBI (0.6 miles)
- Riviera House (0.6 miles)
- Gonchar Hotel (0.7 miles)
- InterContinental Kyiv (0.8 miles)
- Amarant Hotel (0.9 miles)
- Gallery Hotel Gintama (0.9 miles)
Nearby Metro Stations
Metro Stations near Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum include:
Map showing location of Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum.
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Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum