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Chernobyl Museum Kiev Reviews
An Important Stop in Kyiv - The Chernobyl Museum Mar 26, 2011
At 1:26AM, April 26th, 1986 the reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power station had a catastrophic meltdown that resulted in the immediate deaths of many first responders, the long term illness and death of thousands more, the evacuation of large swaths of Ukraine and Belarus and radiation contamination that persists even today.
The story of the disaster, response, cleanup and long term aftermath are told at the small but powerful Chernobyl Museum in Kyiv. This Museum should be an absolute priority for any visitor to Kyiv. Even if you’re planning to visit the Chernobyl site separately a visit to this museum will provide important context before embarking on the tour of the dead city of Chernobyl.
Rather than going through all the various piece of the museum in detail I will mention a few highlights that to me were particularly moving. Hanging all throughout the entryway to the museum are road signs listing the names of the cities in the evacuation zone of Chernobyl.
Upon entering the museum you see the signs as they might appear on the road, white background with black lettering. When you exit the museum, however, you see the reverse side of the signs and the background is black, lettering white and a red cross cuts across each city name symbolizing the death of each town.
In the first portion of the museum you will see the uniforms worn by the first responders who rushed to the reactor fire and then attempted to clean up the highly radioactive debris. The “safety gear” the first responders were provided with is little more than leather aprons and saran wrap suits.
Images in the final room of the museum show the evacuation of citizens in stark black and white. Families were moved from their homes without knowing why and with no expectation that they’d be leaving their homes forever.
These are just a few of the elements in this highly visual and tragic museum that remained with me. I am sure you’ll find different pieces of the experience that will touch you. While a visit to the Chernobyl Museum may not be the most fun way to spend your time in Kyiv I can guarantee that it will be time well spent learning about an important issue that effects our future as much as our past.
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The horror of Chernobyl Jun 02, 2010
I wanted to do the day trip to Chernobyl, but because of my limited time in Kiev I had to settle with the Chernobyl Museum. It is located just one block from the Kontraktova Pl metro station and is very easy to find.
This museum gives you an insight of the disaster that happened near the town of Pripyat in 1986. The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident which occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant when reactor number four had a meltdown. It is difficult to grasp the horror of the worst newclear accident ever, but the museum is doing a good attempt. Identety cards, uniforms, photos and other belongings of those who died are displayed. The photos of the area after the explotion and graphs of radiation contamination is a scary reminder of what happened.
Also dispayed are distressing photos of the sorts of deformaties, in animals as well as humans, the accident caused. You can also see an eight-legged piglet.
Imediately after the accident the Sovjet government blamed the power plant operators for the disaster and six people were sentenced to prison. Later analysis of the causes of the accident have shown that deficiencies in the reactor design and in the operating regulations made the accident possible.
The exhibits are in Russian and Ukrainian only (except from the front page of New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer from the days after the accident). An audio guide can be rented in English or German. To understand anything of the exhibits you really don´t have a choice. I wish they had posted some information in English throughout the museum. The one hour audio guide is packed with information about technical things and can be a little too much to digest.
Opening hours are:
Monday – Saturday: 10-18 (closed last Monday of the month)
10 UAH (€1,05)
50 UAH for the audio guide + 100 UAH deposit
20 UAH camera
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