Kiev Museum Walking Tour, Kiev

Being the capital of Ukraine, Kiev is the city where all the Ukrainian culture and history is concentrated in museums. There are about 60 museums. Some of them are internationally renowned due to their exceptional collections of unique objects, history and their special atmosphere. They reflect Ukrainian mood and evolution in all its beauty and particularities.
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Kiev Museum Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Kiev Museum Walking Tour
Guide Location: Ukraine » Kiev (See other walking tours in Kiev)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Author: Cathy
Museum of Hetmanship

1) Museum of Hetmanship

The Museum of Hetmanship (or Hetmanstvo) was inaugurated on March 11th, 1993 by the Representative of Ukrainian President in Kiev. The museum is the result of an assiduous effort by the “Ivan Mazepa” Foundation aimed at revealing the previously “hidden” chapters of the Ukrainian history. Each of Ukraine's three main hetmans (governors) have separate expositions, highlighting their lives and deeds in substantial detail. Over 6,000 exhibits have been gathered to tell the story of Ivan...   view more
Chernobyl Museum

2) Chernobyl Museum (must see)

The Chernobyl Museum in Kiev chronicles the disaster at Chernobyl nuclear power plant that happened in 1986. Presented in two halls, the collection describes the explosion of the nuclear reactor and its consequences. As you climb upstairs to the main hall, you will see road signs along the staircase, indicating the locations affected by the explosion and exposed to radiation. Inside the hall there are pictures of the firemen and members of the rapid response units who were the first on the scene...   view more
One Street Museum

3) One Street Museum (must see)

Located on the famous Andreevsky Spusk (Andriyivsky [Andrew’s] Descent), the One Street Museum is a small museum dedicated to the history of one street - Andriyivsky Descent - from its early days to the present, making it one of the kind institution in Europe. The museum was inaugurated in 1991 by a non-governmental, non-profit organisation - Artistic Society "Master" - whose main goal is to preserve the Ukrainian cultural heritage.

The museum houses over 7,000 artefacts telling...   view more
Literature-Memorial Museum to Mikhail Bulgakov

4) Literature-Memorial Museum to Mikhail Bulgakov

The Mikhail Bulgakov Museum in Kiev is a bit of a blend between fiction and reality. Dedicated to Mikhail Bulgakov’s life and literary work, the museum was first opened in 1989, as a department of the History Museum, and then transformed into a separate entity, in which capacity it was unveiled to the public on May 15th 1991, on the 100th anniversary of the writer’s birth.

The museum is located at the famous Andrew’s Descent, no. 13, the house in which Bulgakov was born and spent much...   view more
The National Museum of Ukrainian History

5) The National Museum of Ukrainian History (must see)

Due to the large number of exhibits, incredibly vast time-span covered and uniqueness of collections displayed, the National Museum of Ukrainian History is rightfully considered to be one of Kiev’s most prominent tourist sites. Founded in 1904, the museum initially comprised mainly archaeological findings from private collections. In 1909, it started to receive governmental support and in 1935 the collections were moved to the Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra for a better display. During World War II,...   view more
Ukrainian House

6) Ukrainian House

The Ukrainian House is a facility built in 1982 to accommodate the museum of Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet state. The collection, featuring the life and deeds of Lenin, remained in the building until the museum was shut down in 1991, immediately after Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union, and the space was converted to an exhibition centre.

Today, the Ukrainian House hosts different exhibitions, fairs, trade shows and conferences. The outdoor platform is suitable for...   view more
National Museum Of Art

7) National Museum Of Art

The National Museum of Art traces the history of Ukrainian art from its origins to the present day. The collection comprises over 20 thousand art objects. The building was constructed in 1898, to a design by Vladislav Gorodetsky, and was initially meant to host exhibits gathered by antique lovers and patrons of art. First known as the Kiev City Museum of Antiques and Art, the museum featured works by the likes of Taras Shevchenko, Vladimir Borovikovsky, Nikolai Ge, Mykola Pimonenko, Vasily...   view more
Taras Shevchenko Museum

8) Taras Shevchenko Museum

The Taras Shevchenko Museum in Kiev is devoted exclusively to the life and work of one of Ukraine's main cultural figures, Taras (Grigorievich) Shevchenko, renowned bard and artist. The museum is found on the street with the same name, and contains about 4,000 exhibits, each of which has its own story and particular charm. Visitors can see the tools (writing utensils and painting accessories) used by Shevchenko, original paintings, sketches, pictures of the poet, his friends and family, as...   view more
Kiev Museum of Western and Oriental Art

9) Kiev Museum of Western and Oriental Art

The Kiev Museum of Western and Oriental Art is a trove of international culture found at 15 Tereshenkovskaya Street. It boasts a wealth of artefacts, including rare 16th century Chinese paintings and bronzes, china and glassware from various countries of the Orient and historic periods, as well as Japanese engravings, Greek and Roman sculptures, Egyptian statues and other works of art from Turkey, Persia, Spain, Italy and Flanders, gathered here under one roof. A good number of items on display...   view more

Walking Tours in Kiev, Ukraine

Create Your Own Walk in Kiev

Create Your Own Walk in Kiev

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kiev is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra Tour

Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra Tour

Some sources say that Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra (Sichnevogo Povstannya Street, 25) was initiated in 1051, when Reverend Anthony arrived there. He, together with some of his followers, built an entire complex composed of caves and monasteries. When the monks moved to a monastery which is on Lavra's territory, the caves were utilized as burial sites. Nowadays it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Kiev Architecture Tour

Kiev Architecture Tour

Kiev is a city with such a wide diversity of architectural styles from various periods of time. The best European, Russian and Ukrainian architects and artists worked on the buildings of the capital of Ukraine. Some of the elements are absolutely unique and can be seen exclusively in Kiev. Some of the most famed architects who contributed to the city's beauty and originality are Vikentiy Beretti, Emilio Sala and other talented masters. The architecture tour is organized in the Lipki district.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Religious Tour of Kiev

Religious Tour of Kiev

Kiev is a city with many beautiful and unique churches and monasteries. Most of them are Orthodox and are noteworthy as grand architectural monuments -- this being one of the differences between the Orthodoxy and other religions. The interiors of the Kiev churches are just as well of a rare beauty and richness.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.6 km
Kiev Children Entertainment Tour

Kiev Children Entertainment Tour

Kiev is an interesting city for everybody, but children have a special place here. Kiev has a series of attractions designed particularly for kids and teenagers. Museums have an exclusive place in the Children's Entertainment Guide because they not only amuse and distract the young generation, but give them lessons in history and evolution.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Kiev is a very old city. It was initiated approximately 1500 years ago. Since 1934, it was Soviet Ukraine's capital and remained the main city of the country with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Being one of the biggest cities in Europe, it has a very specific history, architecture and cultural life. One can never be bored in Kiev, as it has endless interesting and captivating places to see.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 km
Kiev Shopping Tour

Kiev Shopping Tour

Kiev is a big city and consequently, the shopping area is a huge one. It is completely on par with other European capitals in the area of malls, shops and markets. Kiev is not only rich in international brands, but it is also a very enticing spot for tourists as it offers numerous works of art, folk accessories and clothes.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km

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