Odessa's Museums and Galleries (Self Guided), Odessa

Odessa is a prominent cultural centre in Ukraine, famous for its fascinating museums. Informative and interesting, they will tell you a lot of interesting things about the city’s history, sea life, prominent historic personalities, fine art and rich culture. Take the following self-guided tour to discover the most interesting museums in Odessa!
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Odessa's Museums and Galleries Map

Guide Name: Odessa's Museums and Galleries
Guide Location: Ukraine » Odessa (See other walking tours in Odessa)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Odessa Sea Port Museum of de Wollant
  • Odessa Archaeological Museum
  • Maritime Museum
  • Wax Works Museum
  • Odessa Numismatics Museum
  • Museum of Philiki Etairia
  • Odessa Museum of Local Lore
Odessa Sea Port Museum of de Wollant

1) Odessa Sea Port Museum of de Wollant

Situated near Customs Square, the Odessa Sea Port Museum, dedicated to François-Paul Sainte de Wollant, recounts the history of Odessa sea port, one of the largest ports in the Black Sea. The museum was founded in 1990 and houses 5 halls, where you will find numerous informative and interesting exhibits.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Odessa Archaeological Museum

2) Odessa Archaeological Museum (must see)

The Odessa Archaeological Museum, located on Lanzheronovskaya Street, is one of the oldest archaeological museums in Ukraine and the post-Soviet countries which was founded in 1825. Since 1997 Odessa archeological museum functions not only as a museum but also as institute of scientific research. The major directions of scientific research of Odessa museum are: archeology of primitive society in Northern Black Sea region, archeology of the Middle Ages. The museum conducts expositions, restorations and publishing activities.

The museums possesses more than 160000 exhibits: archeological finds of The Black Sea Northern region, the largest in Ukraine collection of Ancient Egypt (sarcophagi, stone slabs with hieroglyphics and fragments of papyrus, funeral inventory); Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome exhibits. The museum is also famous by its collection of coins and medals. There are over 50000 coins in the museum treasury: Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Byzantine Empire, Ancient Kievan Rus, coins of Russian Empire Romanovs' dynasty.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Maritime Museum

3) Maritime Museum

The Odessa Maritime Museum is located in the building that was initially the English Club until 1842. The museum documents the rich history of sailing and shipbuilding in the Odessa region from ancient times to nowadays. There is a wide collection of ship models, important documents, pictures, etc.
Wax Works Museum

4) Wax Works Museum

The Odessa Wax Works Museum was founded in 1998 and is situated on Rishelievskaya Street, near the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre. The museum will surprise you with its amazing collection of fine wax sculptures of prominent historic people of Odessa, as well as famous contemporary heroes of music, film industry and animation.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 10 pm.
Odessa Numismatics Museum

5) Odessa Numismatics Museum

The Odessa Numismatics Museum is a currency museum that preserves and exhibits ancient relics from the Northern Black Sea Region and Rus-Ukraine. The Museum has two branches located in the center of Odessa: at 33 Grecheskaya Str. — Exhibition of ancient and medieval coins, old and modern Ukrainian banknotes; antique pottery of the Northern Black Sea region and fine art of Kievan Rus'; and at 5 Catherine's Sq. — Coin Gallery.

In the early 1970s the museum first appeared in Odessa. It was given the name "Old Odessa" and set up in the watchtower of the old destroyed fortress located in Shevchenko Park. Over the last 10 years the museum has concentrated on the augmentation, preservation and study of historical relics and the cultural heritage of the Ukrainian people. This in turn has brought numerous awards from the Ukrainian Parliament, Government, National Bank of Ukraine and from the authorities of the Odessa region and Odessa city.

The museum maintains contacts with scientific, historical and cultural organizations in 100 countries of the World. The museum collections include over 2500 coins and other relics from different historical eras: from antiquity and the Middle Ages to modern times including the period of the formation of the modern Ukrainian state. The core of the collection is a collection of ancient coins minted by various city states, and especially of the Bosporan Kingdom which existed in the Northern Black Sea Region for almost a thousand years.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 12 pm - 4 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of Philiki Etairia

6) Museum of Philiki Etairia

The Museum of Philiki Etairia was founded in 1979 as a branch of Historical and Folk Art Museum of Odessa. Now this museum is part of Odessa Hellenic Foundation for Culture and focuses on folk art, boasting an interesting collection.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday - Sunday: by appointment
Odessa Museum of Local Lore

7) Odessa Museum of Local Lore

The Odessa Museum of Local Lore is a fascinating museum that is situated on Gavannaya Street, near the City Garden. Founded in 1956, the museum displays interesting documents, publications, objects of applied and fine arts, numismatic collections, guns of the XVII-XIX centuries and other excellent exhibits relating to the history of the city and the province.

Operation hours: Saturday - Thursday: 10 am - 5 pm

Walking Tours in Odessa, Ukraine

Create Your Own Walk in Odessa

Create Your Own Walk in Odessa

Creating your own self-guided walk in Odessa 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.
Downtown Odessa Tour

Downtown Odessa Tour

Downtown Odessa is the heart of this city, where you will find the most prominent attractions and wonderful landmarks. There are numerous monuments of important personalities in the city, beautiful sculptures and gorgeous buildings. Take the next self-guided tour and discover Odessa’s Downtown!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

Odessa is a prominent Orthodox center in Ukraine, and it will impress you by its old churches and beautiful architecture. The city is also home to a number of fine religious buildings of non-Orthodox beliefs. This walking tour will guide you through some of Odessa's best known places of worship.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
Odessa Primorsky Bоulevard Walking Tour

Odessa Primorsky Bоulevard Walking Tour

Primorsky Boulevard is one of the most prominent streets in Odessa, starting at Dumskaya Square and ending at Vorontsov’s Palace. This popular tourist attraction and wonderful sight is home to several monuments, and is a valuable landmark from an architectural, archaeological and historical points of view. This walking tour will guide you through amazing sights of Odessa.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles
Odessa Introduction Walking Tour

Odessa Introduction Walking Tour

Odessa is the marvel of a city on the Black Sea shore and a true tourist mecca. Rich in history, it abounds in splendid architecture - buildings, fountains, monuments, statues, and more. Follow this walking tour to explore the most notable sights of Odessa.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Odessa's Cultural Venues

Odessa's Cultural Venues

Odessa is home to a number of excellent art museums, where you will find outstanding artworks of local and international artists. In this wonderful city used to live many prominent personalities and artists, including Pushkin, Roerich and others. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most interesting and creative museums in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles