The One Street Museum


Address: Andriivsky descent, 2-b
Phone: 0(44)425 0398

The One Street Museum

This unusual museum was founded by the youth organization – a literary search association “Master”, formed in May 1988.
The creators of the Museum are trying to discover secrets of Andreyevsky descent for the past 15 years. The museum is little by size, but deep in its content; it is one of the most popular places of tourist visits in Kiev.
Usually Andreyevsky descent is associated only with the name of the world-famous writer Mikhail Bulgakov, who lived in house number 13. In fact, since the late 19 century, dozens of prominent figures of Russian science and culture lived in the densely populated street. One Street Museum shows their life and work without any prejudice and preferences. As the men were neighbors on Andreyevsky downhill, so they are at this museum now.
Once entering the museum, you find yourself in the atmosphere of the past century and before. Old photographs, paintings and engraving, ladies’ dresses, umbrellas and hats, men’s dinner jackets, cylinders and boater, gloves and bags, playing cards, soft money, phonograph and sewing machines, tableware, lampshade and kerosene lamps, the American printing machine, cash register National. All these are the evidence of forever bygone era.
In addition to items of urban life, there are many rare books and autographs in the museum. For example, the original manuscripts and photographs of Alexander Vertinsky, Bulgakov’s novel “The Days of the Turbins” published in 1927, “The Therapeutic Guide” by Doctor M. Shnirer belonged to Mikhail Bulgakov.
The museum holds thematic exhibitions and fulfills interesting projects. For example, these are exhibitions that are focused on famous women: Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, Claudia Shulzhenko, Evit Peron. The museum held three exhibitions of famous people’s death masks; there is a large collection of them here. The exhibition of New Year and Christmas gifts, cards and Christmas ornaments was interesting. The boom among visitors was caused by the exhibition dedicated to brothels of Andrew descent. Almost every month the main exhibition changes as well.
In 2002 the Museum of One Street was nominated by the European Museum Forum – the international organization under the patronage of the Europe Council and of the Belgium Queen Fabiola. The museum was the first in Ukraine which participated in such event.