National reserve "St. Sophia of Kyiv"
    National reserve "St. Sophia of Kyiv" was created in 1934 and opened to public in 1935.
    St. Sophia Cathedral is a masterpiece of architecture and monumental painting of the early XI
    century. It was created at the end of the reign of Prince Volodymyr -  beginning of the reign of
    Prince Yaroslav the Wise (1011-1018).  Since then the interior of the Cathedral  remains
    almost unchanged.

    The Cathedral contains the world's largest ensemble of authentic mosaics and frescoes of
    the XI century (260 sq. meters of mosaics and 3000 sq. meters of frescoes). Of particular
    interest is the monumental painting on Bible stories and more than 500 images of the saints
    which impress with their spiritual beauty.

    Recent studies have allowed the museum to make some sensational discoveries. The group
    portrait of the prince's family on the wall turned out to be not the image of Yaroslav the Wise
with his children but Prince Volodymyr who baptised Kyiv Rus. In the Cathedral there is another lifetime portrait of Prince Volodymyr, on
the fresco, in the image of Joshua.

In 1990, the National reserve "St. Sophia of Kyiv" was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Address: 24 Volodymyrska Str.; "Golden Gate" metro station; open from 10:00 to 18:00;
Thursday - day off

"Golden Gate" museum

    Golden Gate is the main entrance to ancient  Kyiv, a sample of the defense and  sacred
    architecture of the early XI century.
As well as St. Sophia, Golden Gate is among the most
    ancient structures in Eastern Europe
. In 1240 they  were destroyed by a horde of Batu Khan
    and remained ruined for a long time.
In 1651 the Dutch artist Westerfeld painted the ruins of
    Golden Gate.
Excavation of the Golden Gate  started in the early XIX  century.
    The archeologists discovered the structure consisted of two parallel walls 25 meters long and
    8 meters high.

    Modern Golden Gate was rebuilt in 1982 on the occasion of 1500th anniversary of Kyiv.
    Address: 40 Volodymyrska Str.; "Golden Gate" metro station; open from 10:00 to 18:00;
    Monday - day off

"St. Cyril's Church" museum
     St. Cyril's Church is one of the oldest churches preserved in Kyiv. It was built in the years
    1139-1146 by Prince Vsevolod (Cyril) and rebuilt  in the XVII-XVIII century in the  baroque
Prince Svyatoslav of Kyiv is buried in this church.

    Under the oil painting the restorers discoverd the grand ensemble of the XII century frescoes

    (800 sq. meters). Also, the museum collection contains  a monumental tempera portrait  of
    the XVII century and the unsurpassed artworks by Mykhailo Vrubel: composition "Descent of
    the Holy Spirit", "Lamentation", four icons in the  marble iconostasis - "Virgin and  Child",
    "Christ", "St. Athanasius", "St. Cyril".
    Address: 12 Oleny Telihy Str.; "Dorohozhychy" metro station, open from 10:00 to 18:00;
    Friday - day off

"St. Andrew's Church" museum
    St. Andrew's Church, a gem of the baroque architecture, one of the best creations of Rastrelli, is one of
    the main Kyiv attractions. The Church was built in the XVIII century by order of the Russian Empress
    Yelizaveta Petrovna on the Dnieper steeps. There is a legend about Apostle Andrew who was preaching
    Christianity in this place.

    There are 39 paintings in the iconostasis which give an idea of the mid-XVIII century icons. The famous
    painters Antropov, Yeroshevsky, Semenov, and others created the icons for St. Andrew's Church. Also,
    of great interest is the painting of the XIX century.
   Address: 23 Andriyivsky Descent; "Poshtova square" metro station or funicular, open from 10:00 to
   18:00; Wednesday - day off

Museum of Books and Printing
     Museum of Books and Printing was founded in 1972. It is located in the former Kyiv-Pechersk
     printing house which in the XVII-XVIII century  was one of the largest educational centers all
     over Ukraine.

    In the three halls of 930 sq. meters one can trace the development of Ukrainian books from
    Kyiv Rus to the present day.
The exhibition  shows the very beginning of book industry  in
    Europe and especially the start and development of the Cyrillic book printing, publishing work
    of Ivan Fedorov, Petro Mohyla, Josef Tryzna and  other outstanding creators of  Ukrainian
    books of the XVII-XVII century. Also, old prints from Lviv, Ostroh, Pochayev, Chernihiv, and
    Kyiv-Pechersk printing house are on display.

    In the second hall visitors can see the first publications on the history of Ukraine, folklore,
    ethnography, research papers by Yevhen Bolhovitinov, Mykhailo Maksymovych,  Osyp
Bodyansky, the first edition of "Aeneid" by Kotlyarevsky.
In total the museum exhibits 56000 items.

Also, master classes on hand making paper, antique calligraphy "scriptorium', Ester eggs are regularly held in the museum.

Worth seeing: facsimiles of Ostromyr, Peresopnytsya and Reims Gospel (brought to France by Anna Yaroslavna on which the French
kings took the oath); publications of the XVII century, the first edition of "Aeneid" by Kotlyarevsky, the miniature book (3x4mm) "Miracle
of Miracles"

Address: 21 Lavrska Str.; building 9; "Arsenalna" metro station; open from 10:00 to 18:00
Tuesday - day off

Kyiv - Pechersk Historic Preserve
    Kyiv-Pechersk Historic Preserve was established in 1926  in the territory of  Kyiv-Pechersk
    Lavra, the first monastic cloister of Kyiv Rus, the place of world importance which is protected
    by UNESCO. In the caves of Lavra there are  about 120 relics of saints; the phenomenon  of
    their incorruptible bodies is still the subject of  scientific debate and the object of  religious

    During the Second World War the main Cathedral of the monastery - the unique Assumption
    Cathedral - was mined by Bolsheviks and during the  German occupation of Kyiv was  blown

    Unique is also the Trinity Church which has been preserved since the XI century, and
    the highest in Ukraine bell tower (96 meters) with the largest Kyiv clock (Lavra chimes)
    without dial.

Lavra is the burial place of dozens of prominent secular and religious personalities, including Metropolitan Petro Mohyla, field marshals Petr
Rumyantsev and Fabian Osten-Saken, several governors-general of Kyiv, Archbishop Anthony, General Scribe Vasyl Kochubey, historian Danylo

A number of museums are located in Upper Lavra: Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine, Museum of Printing, Museum of Holograms,
Museum of Miniatures, Museum of Music, Theatre and Film Art of Ukraine. Also, there are eight galleries which exhibit not only religious
artifacts but also artworks from pre-Christian to modern.

Worth a look: relics of Pechersk saints, including the epic hero Illya Muromets; unique painting of the Trinity Church with a portrait of
Hetman Skoropadsky; the biggest Kyiv clock - Lavra Chimes; the tomb of Petro Mohyla; microminiatures by Mykola Syadrysty; the exhibition of holograms "Spiritual Treasures of Ukraine".
Address: 21 Lavrska Str.; "Arsenalna" metro station; open from 9:00 to 20:00 (May-August); 9:30 - 19:00 (September - April)
No day off.

National History Museum
    National History Museum was founded in 1904. The basis for its collection was
    the archaeological exhibition in 1899
. It is one of the most visited in Kyiv. Three unique
    relics related to the activities of the Kyiv city council are kept here: two copper plaques,
    one depicting Archangel Michael, the other with the portrait of Peter the Great
    and the copper statue of Themis.

    Especially valuable are the archeological collection and holographic exhibition which shows
    about 30 holographic pictures with priceless rarities: icons, bowls, women's jewelry, goblets.

    Worth a look: a unique collection of medieval weapons, Bohdan Khmelnytsky's crown,
    the coach of the Russian empress Yelizaveta Petrovna, tachanka of Nestor Makhno,
    holographic exhibition.
Address: 2 Volodymyrska Str.; "Poshtova Square" metro station and funicular); open from 10:00 to 17:00.
Wednesday - day off.

Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine
This Museum is called "the golden treasury of Ukraine". The exhibits of the Museum is
    a unique chronicle of Ukrainian history in gold and silver from the Bronze Age to the Late
    Nomads times; from the highest peak in the days of Kyiv Rus under the rule of Volodymyr
    and Yaroslav the Wise to the present day.

    Among the exhibits there are old oriental ornaments from the burial of a Sarmatian queen,
    jewelry of ancient goldsmiths, artworks of the masters of the XIV-XVI centuries.

    Among the jewels of the Eastern Slavs and the masters of Kyiv Rus in the place of honor are
    the ornaments made in technique of enamels.
    Fine examples of Ukrainian jewelry of the XVII century are the Gospel with the ornaments
    made of multicolored enamel and other precious items of church interior decorations.

The museum collection also includes a unique collection of Jewish religious silver of the XVIII-XX century. The works of the famous XIX
century Western European jewelers, representatives of the Nuremberg and Augsburg jewelry schools, are also on display.

The Museum offers not just its exhibitions but also interesting theatrical programs: night tours "Gold Scythia" and "Sacred Treasures".

Worth a look: the famous Scythian pectoral, Scythian bowls, gold diadem, the works of ancient goldsmiths.
Address: 21 Lavrska Str., building 12; "Arsenalna" metro station; open from 10:00 to 18:00
Monday - day off

National Taras Shevchenko Museum
    National Taras Shevchenko Museum in Kyiv opened in 1949 on the basis of the former
    Shevchenko Art gallery in Kharkiv and the Central State Shevchenko Museum in Kyiv.
    It contains original drawing and paintings by Shevchenko, handwritten lists of his most
    popular poems, the first printed editions autographed by the poet, rare documents and
    photographs, a unique library of the XVIII-XIX century publications.

    Each visitor can flip the pages of facsimile editions: handwritten edition "Wirszy
    T. Szewczenka" illustrated by M. Bashylov, album with T. Shevchenko's drawings (1845),
    the manuscript collection "Three Summers", "Small Book" (the originals are held in
    the manuscripts department of the Institute of Literature named after T.Shevchenko).

    The personal library of Taras Shevchenko was reconstructed according to the preserved
    inventory. He collected it after returning from exile.

The Museum has over 30.000 exhibits: drawings, paintings, archives, memorabilia, photographs, printing materials, works of decorative
art, sculptures and books.

The Museum offers the guided tours and lectures on the following topics: "Life and Work of Taras Shevchenko", "Poetry by Taras
Shevchenko", "The Holy Scripture in the Works of Taras Shevchenko", "Taras Shevchenko, a Painter", "Taras Shevchenko, an Etcher",
"Taras Shevchenko, a Portrait Painter", "Self-portraits by Shevchenko", "The Muses of Taras Shevchenko", "Landscapes by Taras

Those who wish to feel like a master of engraving, the Museum offers a master class "Make an Engraving with Your Own Hands".
Every Wednesday within the program "Territory of Word" the Museum hosts literary evenings.

Worth a look: the original painting 'Kateryna", a signet ring with Shevchenko's hair, a stamp with the monogram "TS", originals of
T. Shevchenko photographs, the death mask of Kobzar.
Address: 12 Shevchenko blvd; "Teatralna" metro station; open from 10:00 to 18:00
Monday - day off

Literary-Memorial House-Museum of Taras Shevchenko
The house-museum of Taras Shevchenko is a special world where you get after a bustling
    and urbanized city center. There is a lot of rarities in the house.

    The house itseld is also a rarity. It was built in 1835in the Goat Swamp (then the name of this

    Worth a look: summer suit of Shevchenko shown in the photo of 1859, ivory pipe (gift from
    Mykola Kostomarov), Shevchenko's engraving supplies, original drawings by M. Sazhyn with
    views of Kyiv at the time.
    Address: 8 Shevchenko lane; "Maidan Nezalezhnosti" metro station; open from 10:00 to
    18:00. The last Thursday of the month - day off

Memorial House-Museum of Taras Shevchenko "House in Priorka"
    In the summer of 1859, during his last visit to Kyiv, Shevchenko lived here for two weeks.
    In the 1960s all single-storey buildings in the district were demolished. But the house, which
    at that time was the usual Kyiv communal apartment survived, thanks to the fact that a great
    poet had stayed there.

    At present, the Museum presents the objects of everyday life of the time: dishes, pottery,
    costumes, photographs and paintings of Shevchenko, furniture and household items.

    Worth a look: old photos, clothes, icons, home accessories, items of the XIX century daily
    use, which people of Kyiv gathered for the museum.
    Address: 5 Vyshgorodska; open from 10:00 to 17:00
                                                                    Sunday, Monday - days off

National Science and Natural History Museum

    National Science and Natural History Museum is one of the largest in the world. It consists
    of: Geological Museum (founded in 1927, there are  more than 50 thousand samples of
    rocks and minerals there); Museum of Paleontology (the history of this museum is closely
    linked with the name of Academician I. Pidoplichko  who in 1935 created the first  small
    exhibition at the Zoological museum); Zoological Museum (this  museum is one  of
    the oldest); Botanical Museum (founded in 1921); Archeological Museum.
Address: 15 B. Khmelnytskoho Str.; "Teatralna" metro station;

Museum of Kyiv History

Museum of Kyiv History was inaugurated in 1982,  during the celebration of the  1500th
    anniversary of the city. Until 2012 it was placed in the Ukrainian House. The grand opening
    of the Museum new building took place in
2012. Now the exposition of the Museum has 250
    thousand  exhibits, including interesting archaeological, numismatic and  ethnographic
. Of particular interest is the plaque of copper and gold with the image of Archangel
    Michael, a saint patron of Kyiv. From 1697 it decorated the city magistrate.
    Address: 7 B. Khmelnytsky Str.; "Teatralna" metro station; open from 10:00
    to 17:00.

National Museum "Memorial to the Victims of Famines in Ukraine"
The Museum highlights the tragedies occured in the history of Ukrainian people. Throughout
    the existence of the soviet regime, Ukrainian nation has experienced terriible tragedies: three
    famines of 1921-23; 1932-33; 1946-47. They took the lives of millions of Ukrainians.
    The most terrible humanitarian catasrophe of the XX century was artificially created by
    the Stalin's regime Holodomor of 1932-33. Having tortured with hunger millions of innocent
    people, the Bolshevik regime wanted to destroy the very memory of them.
    To read more about Holodomor in Ukraine, please visit out GENOCIDE
    Address: 3 Lavrska Str.; "Arsenalna" metro station; open from 10:00 to 18:00
    Monday - day off

Museum of Shalom Aleichem
    Museum was inaugurated in 2009 to mark the 150th anniversary of the famous writer.
    On the site of a present-day shopping mall once there was a house where the writer lived
    from 1896 to 1903. There he wrote such works as "Menachem Mendel", "In the small World
    of Little People", a lot of short stories.

    The main themes of the Museum exhibits: "Shalom Aleichem and Kyiv", "Shalom Aleichem
    and Ukraine". There are also Jewish ritual objects there.

    Worth a look: Talmud of the XIX century, silver jellyfish, prayer books.
    Address: 5 Velyka Vasylkivska Str.," Lva Tolstoho" metro station;  open from 10:00 to 17:00;
    Monday - day off

Museum of Cultural Heritage
The exposition of the museum was opened to visitors in 1999. It was placed in the restored
    historic mansion in Pechersk. At the heart of  the exhibition there are works  of
    the outstanding representatives of Ukrainian diaspora: artists, musicians, actors, writers.
    Among the most famous names: kobzar Hryhoriy Kytasty, writer Dokiya Humenna, dancer
    Serge Lifar, pianist Volodymyr Horovits, architect Vasyl Krychevsky.
    Address: 40 Moscovska str.; "Arsenalna" metro station; open from 10:00 to 17:00
    Monday - day off

The whole list (in Ukrainian) of the museums can be found in the special issue of GLAVRED magazine.
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