5 must-see museums in Kyiv for your perfect city break

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1.    PinchukArtCentre

PinchukArtCentre is an absolute find of a museum for a leisurely-minded tourist who has few hours time to invest into cultural strolling. This state-of-the-art 6-storied building is located right downtown next to Kreshchatyk Street on the Bessarabska square. This art-hub welcomes visitors from from 12:00 pm until 9:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday and is wonderfully free-of-charge.

As the PinchukArtCentre also partakes quite intensively in the Future Generation Art Prize ( worth $100,000 to the recipient)  the art collection represented below features a myriad of works by young artists in different technics and genres

Bessarabska Square Market just across the road is a sightseeing spot in its own right - why not combine cultural and material shopping in one.

 2.    The Motherland Monument and National Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945

The National Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War is one of the largest  museums in Ukraine (containing over 300 thousand exhibits) commemorating the German-Soviet War. The major sculpture of the museum is a 62-meter (203 ft) tall Motherland statue - one of the highest monuments in the world! The pedestal of the monument is the main exposition room, which opens daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. On Saturday, Sunday and public holidays working hours are 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

3.    The National Museum of Ukrainian Architecture and Culture (Pirogovo village)

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The National Museum of Ukrainian Architecture and Culture (Pirogovo village) is an open-air park which unites and celebrates Ukrainian heritage from all parts of the country. Ukrainian architecture and lifestyle is represented in hundreds of exhibits throughout the stunning landscape of the Pirogovo village. More than 300 authentic wooden buildings following 16th century reproduction are represented here. Pirogovo holds costumed folk crafts festivals, concerts are held on Sundays featuring folk groups.

4The National Museum “Chernobyl”The National Museum "Chernobyl" 

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The “Chernobyl” National Museum is a unique multinational institution. This museum contains scientific exhibits, archive of all documentations regarding  the situation in Chernibyl, which is the most devastating radiological disaster in modern human history. Chernobyl museum is a sobering reminder that such disasters have a profound effect on the modern world; and hopes to prevent such situations in future.

5.    One street Museum

Filled with fascinating manuscripts, documents, photographs and postcards, the antique interior of the One Street Museum is a must-see sight for any visitor to Kiev.

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The One street Museum is also home to a large collection of antique books, including rare editions of famous works. The museum houses a number of unique collections of work from various prominent Ukranians, including journalist and public figure A. Savenko, writer G. Tyutyunnyk and philologist P. Zhitetsky.

With a prime location just a short stroll to the One Street Museum, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv Podil couples comfort with convenience. Located in historic Podil, Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv Podil City Centre   makes the ideal base for city sightseeing.

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