Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum

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.

Large exhibition room at the Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum in Kiev, Ukraine.
Large exhibition room

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.

Exhibition room at the Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum in Kiev.
Exhibition room

The Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, with last admission at 5 pm.

The museum is situated in a former fire station on Khoryva Lane in the Podil area of the city. It’s just a couple of hundred yards from Kontraktova Ploshcha Metro Station (Blue Line).

It’s not well signposted. Look for the tower of the building. The entrance is next to the military vehicles parked outside.

Exterior view of Chernobyl Museum in Kiev, Ukraine

Visit Kiev Ukraine toured the Chernobyl Museum in January 2017. Information (prices, opening times etc.) are from the date of our visit.

Nearby Attractions

Tourist attractions and things to do near Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum include:

Nearby Restaurants

Restaurants and places to eat and drink near Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum include:

  • Vero Vero (0.3 miles) - Cosy Italian restaurant in the Podil area of the city. Great summer terrace with fountain.
  • Hutorets (0.4 miles) - Ukrainian restaurant offering cuisine from all regions of the country. Located on a boat on the Dnieper River in the Podil area of the city.
  • Kanapa (0.5 miles) - Offers traditional Ukrainian cuisine. Situated in a quaint wooden building on Andrew's Descent, one of the most popular streets for tourists in Kiev.
  • Solomenskaya Brewery (0.5 miles) - Pub and restaurant on Andrew’s Descent. Offers excellent beer. Close to St Andrew’s Church.
  • Oxota NA Ovets (0.5 miles) - Upmarket Asian steakhouse. Situated in the Vozdvyzhenka, an luxury residential area of the city.
  • Za Dvoma Zaytsyamy (Chasing Two Hares) (0.5 miles) - Named after a famous 1960s Soviet film. Transports guest into Kiev at the beginning of the 20th century. Wonderful atmosphere. Live music most evenings.
  • Happy Grill Bar (0.6 miles) - American bar and restaurant in Podil. Offers steaks, burgers etc. Known for its good-looking waitresses. Close to the Funicular and Fairmont Grand.
  • PR Bar (0.6 miles) - Fantastic cosy bar in Podil. Great cocktails.
  • 100 Rokiv Tomu Vpered (100 Years Ago In The Future) (0.7 miles) - Modern Ukrainian cuisine. Excellent service.
  • Spotykach (0.8 miles) - Contemporary Ukrainian cuisine. Unique atmosphere and great service. Located near St Sophia’s Cathedral.
  • Kosatka (0.8 miles) - Cafe/bar close to St Sophia’s Cathedral. Attracts a youthful crowd.

Nearby Hotels

Hotels near Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum include:

  • Podol Plaza Hotel (0.2 miles)
  • Staro Hotel (0.4 miles)
  • Number 21 by DBI (0.6 miles)
  • Riviera House (0.6 miles)
  • Gonchar Hotel (0.7 miles)
  • InterContinental Kyiv (0.8 miles)
  • Amarant Hotel (0.9 miles)
  • Gallery Hotel Gintama (0.9 miles)

Nearby Metro Stations

Metro Stations near Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum include:


Map showing location of Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum.

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Map showing location of Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum


Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum

1 Khoryva
Kiev Oblast

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Reviews and Additional Information

  1. Now it costs 24 per adult

  2. We tried to go in here, but the woman at the pay desk insisted it was 50 euros for two adults and a child. There was no prices on display – we thought it was excessive and walked away. Reading the prices above, it’s obvious that she was trying to rip us off – overcharging and charging in Euro’s.

  3. Of all the museums I visited in Kiev I found the Chernobyl Museum the most interesting. This was despite the fact that there was very little information in English (mostly Ukrainian – or Russian?). There were lots of interesting things and frankly bizarre exhibits that kept my interest. Entrance was very cheap at only 10 UAH.

  4. It was difficult to understand what the exhibits were about as I can’t speak the language. On reflection I should paid a little bit extra and taken the audio guide.

    • The english audio guide is around £1.60 so to travel to Kiev and go to the museum and not to take the optional Audio Guide is to me absolutely crazy, why would you do this other than to say a paltry amount of money

  5. I watched a program on BBC the other night about Chernobyl called ‘Cooking in the Danger Zone’. Food writer Stefan Gates travelled to Chernobyl to explore food issues facing the people that live in the area.
    I was really surprised that people live in the exclusion zone around the plant (illegally) and live off the food that is produced in the area (berries, mushrooms etc).
    He visited a couple in their eighties who moved back to the area shortly after the disaster and have been living their ever since. They looked remarkably healthy for their age.
    Stefan also visited the town of Prypiat, a nearby city abandoned after the disaster. It was a strange sight to say the least; an empty city that is gradually being taken over by nature (trees growing inside apartment buildings and wild boar roaming around deserted shops). The spookiest sight was the completed deserted funfair.
    He then left Chernobyl and went to the city of Slavutych, built outside the exclusion zone specifically to accommodate those evacuated from Prypiat. He went mushroom picking with the mayor who assured him that everything in the area was safe to eat. Stefan took the mushrooms to be tested and was quite shocked to find that the mushrooms contained massive levels of radiation and was advised not to eat them under any circumstances.


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