Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum

When I was in Ukraine, I had the opportunity to visit the Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum in Kiev… a museum dedicated to the events on April 26, 1986, and what has transpired since.  My plan when heading to Ukraine was to actually visit Pripyat/Chernobyl itself, but the tours were shut down indefinitely so I had to settle for perusing around a museum instead.  It was one of the more popular things to do in Kiev, so I was pretty excited.

I am not really an avid museum-goer, to say the least.  But this museum was fascinating to me and was very well organized and put together and had everything (including audio sets and guides) in English.  I had done a really long paper for my undergrad on the disaster, so I was super familiar with all aspects of the disaster and really found myself engaged in everything the museum had to offer.

Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum

Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum

Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum

Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum

Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum

Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum
Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum

Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum

Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum

Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum

Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum

Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum

If you’re unable to go and see Pripyat and Chernobyl in person, I would definitely recommend this museum.  It was cheap and well worth the time I spent there.

To read more about the Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum, click here

Updated 7 September 2016:  I have since been to Chernobyl and Pripyat.  If you’d like to read about my experiences there, you can find them all here.

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This museum is hands down the coolest one I’ve ever visited! It is super powerful/emotional, isn’t it? One of the most interesting parts for me was how it was “announced” in international newspapers compared to USSR newspapers–If my memory is right, it wasn’t really mentioned in USSR newspapers initially–so people wouldn’t freak out, is my guess. Definitely a must-see when in Kiev! (There is also an awesome Mexican–kind of authentic–restaurant there!–Or at least it was there in 2006). So great that you’re going back!

Very powerful…thank you for sharing your experience!

Wow – powerful! Hej from the other side of Scandinavia! I admire how adventureous you are traveling – keep at it!!

If I ever go there, I am going to have to go. It looks amazing and being an avid museum-goer I would most definitely look for it.

oh the russians….

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