The Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum in Kiev tells the story of the world’s worst nuclear accident.
In April 1986 the reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, around 65 miles north of Kiev, failed due to a combination of design flaws and operator errors.
The resulting explosion and fire sent huge quantities of radioactive material into the atmosphere. It spread over much of Europe, seriously contaminating large areas in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Sweden, and Finland.
Exhibition rooms at the museum are filled with harrowing pictures, models, and displays. Some of the most interesting exhibits explore the role of the ‘liquidators’. These brave rescue workers attempted to secure and clean up the reactor and surrounding area after the disaster. Many were exposed to high doses of radiation and had their lives cut short.
There is little written information at the museum in English. To get the most out of your visit and understand the exhibits, the audio tour is absolutely essential (unless of course you can read and understand Ukrainian/Russian).
Entrance to the museum cost just 10 UAH. If you want to take photos add 30 UAH to the admission price. The audio guide costs an additional 50 UAH.
The Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, with last admission at 5 pm.
It’s not well signposted. Look for the tower of the building. The entrance is next to the military vehicles parked outside.
Visit Kiev Ukraine toured the Chernobyl Museum in January 2017. Information (prices, opening times etc.) are from the date of our visit.