Extensive grounds with sculptures and ex-army machine (tanks, anti-aircraft guns etc...) and of course has Rodina Mat looking over it. Including the museum you really need a minimum of half a day here.
The museum is huge and has a very coprehensive collection - Ukraine suffered massively in WWII.
I wandered around this rather sombre museum, my footsteps interrupting the silence as I moved from one gloomy hall to the next, looking at the shocking and morbid exhibits.
The hall with the small child's POW shirt and the tiny manacles, together with the bone crunching machine and the gloves made from human skin...
...and then we went upstairs and more huge halls sprawled out - I felt a weight of the disturbing history I was seeing and so, depressed I went up Rodina and then off for lunch in a lighter atmosphere.
CLOSED ON MONDAYS AND DOES NOT OPEN A SECOND BEFORE 10AM!!!
To get to the museum you must walk through the vast, well ordered grounds that contain helicopters, tanks, planes, tanks, lorries, loaders, anti aircraft and tanks (did I mention talks?), Soviet sculpture.... The grounds are positively dripping with realist sculptures of men and women and war and guns and CCCP and men with guns and scenes of war and people of war....
The grounds are open to all and free and if you get up early it is a wonderful place to watch the sun come up - very atmospheric and dramatic.
This is a huge place, close to the river and overlooked by the immense Rodina Mat statue. Outside there are plenty of tanks, planes and other hardware of war, all pretty interesting but for us the best part was inside, photos and remnants of the action that took place, much of it local to Kiev, some very moving sights. (no photos inside). All in Ukrainian or Russian but all is self explanatory.
Top place to visit for us.
Ukrainians & Russians know World War II as the Great Patriotic War. America lost about 405,000 troops in WWII; Russia lost over 10 million. The museum dedicated to this event is a very impressive complex of different areas: galleries, statues, Soviet military equipment on display, and the museum itself. I've always loved sculpture, especially large sculpture, and there's plenty of massive sculptures to view. The centerpiece of the whole site being the gigantic titanium sculpture of a woman holding a sword & shield.
Rodina Mat is a 62 m high statue of female warrior made of titanium. The statue can be seen from many parts of Kiev. Rodina Mat acctually menas the mother of the nation and stands on the top of Museum of the Great Patriotic War, dedicated to defenders of Kiev in WW2.
I am absolutely against violance and war, so I coundn't decide to publish that page for a long time. But on the other hand, it's is a part of the history, and we can't abnegate what happened. So, finally I also will publish a page with some of technical stuff which were used to gain freedom (or unfortunately too often to gain more territory or more might and power)
In Kyiv I also visited the Museum of History of The Great Patriotic War (World War II). It is located south of Kiev Pecherska Lavra Monastery, close to the Dnepr River and you can find it easily if you orientate to Rodina Mat. That Motherland Monument you can see from quite many places, especially if you are in a southeast area from Kyiv.