If you want to know what happened at the world biggest nuclear disaster, but you don't want to take a day out of your schedule to visit Chernobyl then a trip to Chernobyl museum in Kiev will do you nicely.
Chernobyl National Museum Kiev (Kyiv)
The Chernobyl National museum in Kiev (Kyiv) is situated in the historic Podol district. It gives a powerful account of the world’s worst nuclear disaster which took place on the 26th April 1986, at the Chernobyl nuclear power approximately 60 miles north of Kiev (Kyiv).
The museum building is not easy to locate but is well worth making the effort. The entrance is unassuming, look for the commemorative statue to the left and some rescue vehicles parked outside to the right.
It comprises of more than 7000 declassified documents including photographs, maps, video records and many exhibits. The museum conveys the facts, figures and real accounts of some of the heroes who emerged after the accident. Independent Ukraine, now free of its Russian past, offers a damning indictment to the soviet politicians who tried to cover up the incident at the cost of so many needlessly lost human lives.
There is very little marked in English, so it is highly recommended you rent an audio guide. Languages offered were in English, German, Ukrainian and Russian.
These are deeply moving and harrowing accounts of this terrible accident and some of the images may be a little disturbing for younger children. At the end of the tour, you will be invited to watch a film, which describes how the disaster has left many Areas around Chernobyl desolate ghost towns. The tour round the museum will take about an hour.
Address: Provulok Khoryva, 1, Kyiv, Ukraine, 02000
Nearest Metro: Kontraktova Ploshcha
Monday – Saturday
10:00 а.m. – 6:00 p.m.
LAST ADMISSION Monday – Saturday at 5 p.m.
CLOSED Sunday & Last Monday of each month