A traveler who arrives to Kyiv for the first time might be overwhelmed with the number of museums and art galleries in the capital of Ukraine. In case you have visited all the most popular museums in Kyiv and now is looking for something more peculiar, «Destinations» rounds up the list of 5 unique museums in the capital of Ukraine with unusual expositions.
Kyiv Water Museum
The unconventional Water Museum stands in Kyiv's downtown, near the European Square, on one of the picturesque hills that stretch along the Dnieper River bank. It is reckoned among the most popular and visited capital sights, which is indicated by long lines that traditionally build up in front of its entrance. And there is no wonder in that, for its exposition is rightly considered to be one of the most interesting in Kyiv.
Water Museum is situated in the restored building of the city water tower, built in the late 19th century. The building itself is an important architectural monument too. Unusually designed underground museum exposition tells in simple and entertaining way about the water circulation, from where the drinking water used to come to Kyiv in ancient times, how much it cost and when the first water supply system was built; visitors get visual demonstration of the Earth crust's structure, the depth of underground waters and the process of their natural filtration. Here one can see a working model of the artesian well and understand how pump rooms - there are plenty of them in Kyiv - work.
Address: 1V, Grushevskogo St, Kyiv. Working hours: We, Th, Fr - from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sa, Su - from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mo, Tu - days off. Price: UAH 20 (including the cost of the guided tour).
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The old tower of the Kyiv Fortress became a shelter to the original Toilet Museum. Museum exposition is devoted to the history of toilet culture in the world. Visitors can see Victorian pots, first English water closet, latest generation of Japanese hi-tech toilets and most tiny artifact - the silver pendant in the shape of a toilet bowl. The collection also has lavatory pans made of porcelain, stone and metal.
It is very curious to see the models of construction of sewage in medieval towers, for example the famous closet in order’s castle of sword-bearers, and informational stands with pictures, which show the evolution of toilets beginning from the ancient cultures.
Address: 22, Rybal's'ka Str., Kyiv. Opening Hours: on Tu – Sa: 10:00 - 18:00; on Su: 10:00 - 17:00 Closed on Mo.
Kyiv Experimentarium Museum of Popular Science and Technology isn`t an ordinary museum, it`s a huge interactive platform that allows you to know more about Physics and physical phenomenon through entertainment and practical demonstrations but without high level scientific definitions. Forget about boring lectures! Forget that Physics can be boring! You will have a unique chance to be a part of experiment and even a creator of experiment.
Address: 2A, Verhniy Val str., Kyiv. Opening hours: Mo-Fr 09:30-19:00, Sa-Su: 10:00-20:00. More info here.
A small, but cozy museum has harbored a unique collection of tiny museum pieces under its roof. All of these pieces of art seem to live in their own worlds, reflecting different epochs and different aspects of life. Each miniature is like a fairy tale fascinating the visitors by the mystery of its creation. When you look through the lenses of the telescopes, you will be able to see the Mykola Syadristy's masterpieces, such as miniature portraits of famous personalities, flowers, (including a rose inserted in the hair) and the representatives of fauna (a flea shod with golden shoes, a caravan of golden camels in the needle’s eye, golden swallows, a golden fox, the hunting falcon, a golden mosquito with a little girl is sitting on its nose and holding the umbrella).There is a variety of other exhibits in this museum, such as golden frigates, the map of Australia, the golden padlock, the smallest electromotor, the golden windmill, the tiniest violin in the world, and the chessboard on a pinhead.
Address: Bld. 5, 9, Lavrska Street, Kyiv
Details on http://microart.kiev.ua/
Museum of the Car History (Car Models Museum)
The Ukrainian first museum of the car history owes its birth to activists of the “Kyiv’s club of collectors”. They have long been collecting the exposition, which today has five thousand car models, each of them has its own unique history. Model cars are spread in 3 halls of the museum. Here visitors can explore some unique and very rare car models such as Adolf Hitler’s favorite car, first car made in 1884 by Charles Banks, Formula 1 racing cars, the model of “Citroen” with the figure of the famous General de Gaulle, a Mercedes, a trip on which was fatal to Kennedy, the first model of Ford 1902, and even a pink Cadillac of the legendary Elvis Presley, along with his figure and many others.
Address: 1B, Shevchenko Boulevard, Kyiv.
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