The Chornobyl Museum was opened on April 26, 1992, exactly 6 years after the disaster happened. It tells the history of what happened through photos, clothes and equipment used by the rescue workers, a model of the nuclear plant as it looked before the explosion, videos and tapes. It is an arresting experience.
The main photo shows a helicopter (shown on a video) that was pouring out water or some kind of powder to cease the fire at the reactor. When it passed over the reactor the tail was shrinkled and the helicopter turned upside down before crashing. The faces shows the staff (four of them) of the helicopter. This scene was very touching and I had to watch it a few times to get hold of what I in fact saw...
During my visit there was an exhibition about the Fukushima disaster 2011.
Monday - Friday 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 16.30
Admission fee 10 Hryvnia, plus extra 20 Hryvnia for taking photos.
The Chernobyl Museum is located in the Podil district of Kyiv and can be reached by Metro. The museum is medium in size and houses some genuine artifacts taken from the area around the explosion and shows the technical progression of the incident as well as video tapes of people who have survived the disaster.
The museum is fairly priced at around 10 hrynias per person, if you want to take photographs inside the museum you have to pay about another 10 hryvnias per camera. Unfortuantely most of the information sheets around the museums are in Ukrainian but you can buy audio guided tours from the reception desk and if I remember correctly these cost 40 Hryvnias each.
The museum is very hard to find as there are no signs. See the General Area or Directions tab for details.
None of the information is in English but some things do not necessarily need further explanation...
There is a lot of rememberance to all who perished, suffered, continue to suffer, were made refugees...
I am not sure what times the tours are or when the last one is but I got there too late to get on one... I was assuming there is a tour in English but that maybe a bold assumption to make...
There are some disturbing images and exhibits but, thinking about the subject, you have to expect that.
The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 6pm.
I visited this museum the day before I went to Chernobyl. It made sense to.
Chernobyl museum, one of the few museums not only in Cyrillic language.
A collection of papers, left overs from Pripyat, a model of the reactor, letters from an American schoolgirl begging for help for the victims of the disaster, a sort of commemoration-church with a model of the splitbars and lots of pictures of people and also animals. Very impressive. Have a look at the 'extra' photoalbum below.
The effects are still being felt 17 years later. The disaster occurred in April 26, 1986, when a safety test of reactor went horribly wrong. Two explosions blew the top off the reactor, and radiation at least 100 times that of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs combined was released, in time spreading over the whole Nothern Hemisphere.
Although Kiev is only 130 km south of Chernobyl , the capital is completely safe. The Chernobyl Museum is an excellent place to learn more about this tragedy, while for the extreme tourist there are guided day trips to Chernobyl itself