5 Popular Museums to See in Kyiv

5 Popular Museums to See in Kyiv

1. St. Sophia Cathedral (Sophia of Kyiv)

St. Sophia Cathedral is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List. It was built by Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise in the 11th century. In the Middle Ages it was the main cathedral of the city, the center of political, religious, and cultural life. It keeps the largest collection of mosaics and frescoes from the 11th century. The exterior was rebuilt in Ukrainian Baroque style in the 18th century, but the interior remained from the 11th century. You can see the original medieval walls and amazing art. The Cathedral works as a museum since 1934. At the entrance you can buy different types of tickets and book a tour. I recommend you to buy a ticket for a visit of the cathedral and the belfry. How to get to St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv? It is located in the historical center, 5 minutes’ walk from Independence Square (Maidan). More info about popular museums in Kyiv on Sophia of Kyiv https://st-sophia.org.ua

2. St. Andrew’s Church

St. Andrew’s Church is one of the best examples of Baroque style in Ukraine. It was built in 1744-1762 by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli for the Russian Empress Elizabeth, who was secretly married to her favorite, Ukrainian man, Oleksiy Razumovskiy. Unfortunately, she didn’t come back to Kyiv and never saw this church. Now it works as a museum and an active church. You can buy an entrance ticket and go upstairs to admire the amazing interior and a stunning panoramic view. Find out how to book a tour on https://st-sophia.org.ua/en/museums-en/st-andrews-church/st-andrews-church/

3. Kyiv Pechersk Lavra State Historical Reserve

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is the biggest Orthodox monastery in Europe, founded in 1051. Now it is divided into two parts: the monastery and the national preserve included in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many museums on its territory, but the most popular are the museum of microminiatures, the church of the Savior at Berestove, and the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine. The last one keeps a significant collection of Scythian, Sarmatia, Slavic jewelry, and exhibits. The most precious thing is the golden necklace called Pectoral dating back to the 6th century BC. One of the most prominent buildings is Big Lavra Belfry, 96 meters high. You can go upstairs to the belfry and enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the city and the Dnipro River. You can find out more about museums in Kyiv on https://kplavra.kyiv.ua

4. Museum of History of Ukraine in World War II

It is one of the biggest museums in Europe about World War II, opened in 1981. The collection consists of 400 thousand exhibits from different periods of the war. Museum’s mission is to present a comprehensive view of the greatest military conflict of the history of humankind and Nazi-Soviet struggle. You can also visit the exhibition devoted to a modern Russian-Ukrainian hybrid war (2014-now). The museum is topped by the Motherland Statue, 102 meters high. There are two observation pads 36,6 and 91 meters high with breathtaking views. You can also find a Museum of forming of Ukrainian nation nearby. It’s a private modern museum of wax figures of Ukrainian historical leaders. You can find trustworthy info about terror of the wars on https://www.warmuseum.kiev.ua

5. The National Art Museum

The museum is one of the museums in Ukraine. It maintains a big collection of Ukrainian art from different historical periods from the 12th to 20th centuries. The museum maintains a big collection of icon-paintings from the 12th-18th centuries. You can absolutely admire the paintings of Ukrainian artists as Oleksandr Murashko, Mykola Pymonenko, Fedir Krychevskiy (19th-20th century), and others. The museum is located in the city center in a beautiful house built in 1899 by a well-known architect Vladyslav Gorodetskiy. Discover more info about amazing paintings at National Art Museum https://namumuseum.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral

Fotiy Krasytskiy. A guest from Zaporizhia (1916). Wikipedia.com

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