The Ukrainian National Museum of History


Address: Volodymirska, 2
Phone: 0(44)278 4864, 0(44)278 6545
Site: Official site

The Ukrainian National Museum of History

The National Museum of History of Ukraine is one of the most visited museums in Kiev. It’s rightly considered as the national heritage of Ukrainians. The fortune of Ukraine is presented in the general exposition of the Museum, while familiarizing with which you can easily follow the path of the country formation.
Officially, the Museum opened in 1904. The Museum exhibit contains a collection from excavations, which belonged to the founders of the Museum and many famous archaeologists of the time. At first, it existed only at the expense of patrons, and in 1909 it was assigned an annual state subsidy.
In 1935, the Museum changed its location, it moved to the museum town of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.
Because of World War II museum collection moved to Ufa, and in 1944, the museum exhibits returned back to Kiev. The Museum was located on Starokievskaya hill in the former premises of the art school. Now it is in this building,
The Museum contains a unique archaeological, ethnographic and numismatic collections, paintings and sculptures, old books and many other exhibits. There are remains of the foundations of Church of the Tithes in front of the museum.
As of today, more than 15 different exhibits are opened at The Museum of History. They tell about different periods of Ukrainian life. All exhibitions are unique, some of them appeared after Ukraine gained independence.
Exposition «Eastern Slavs and Kievan Rus» tells about the ancient history of the Ukrainian state. The exhibit of Antiquity era allows to trace how civilization is gradually coming to Ukraine.
Among traditional exhibits of museums of this type you can find very interesting ones. In The Museum of History of Ukraine can be found many unique items relating to one person called Serge Lifar. Serge Lifar was brilliant Ukrainian dancer of XX century; fans and connoisseurs of ballet called him «the God of Dance» and bracketed with not less famous Nezhinsky.
The Museum exhibit shows the development of society in the territory of Ukraine from ancient times to the present day. Household items of first Trypillya settlements, weapons and armor of ancient Polovtsy, materials of Kievan Rus period, the era of Soviet rule and even a small exhibition of the Orange Revolution are presented among the exhibits.