TEL: (380-44) 235 62 66 (guided tour office)
ADRESS: 15 Bohdan Khmelnitsky , Kyiv, 01030, Ukraine. (M."Teatralna"),
INTERNET: site of museum : www.museumkiev.org
OPEN Wednesday through Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.
TICKET PRICE: 60 hrn - adult, 35 hrn - for children (till 16 y.o), 40 hrn - for other privileged visitors.
Free admission on first Wednesday of each month.
The National Museum of Natural History at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine is one of the biggest scientific research museums of the type in the world. It was established in 1966 as a unified complex comprising five museums: the Geological, Paleonto- logical, Zoological and Botanical. The National Museum of Natural History is located in the heart of Kyiv, in an antique mansion with expressive and remarkable architecture.
The Museum complex itself was built in accordance with the classical approach to museum study. More than 30 thousand speciments which are exhibited in 24 halls occupying 8 thousand square meters illustrate the origin, structure and evolution of the Earth, its plant and animal life, its past and present, the history of the material culture of the tribes and peoples that inhabited the territory of Ukraine. The central place in the museums is occupied by a complex of dioramas: 30 landscape expositions and biogroups. The National Museum of Natural History is headed by Academician Yevhen Shniukov, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
Over the years of its existence the Museum complex has become widely known and popular not only in Ukraine, but also far beyond its borders. It has been registered in the world reference books. The National Museum of Natural History has played a notable role in the formation of modern ideas about nature, problems of mutual relations between man and the environment. The institution has greatly contributed to the matter of protecting and rational use of natural resources, and also to the aesthetic education of the youth. Along with the dissemination of scientific knowledge, the Museum carries out a large-scale research work. It preserves unique scientific collections — the basis of the research work of the Museum scientists. The collection materials are the source of replenishing the exposition and its further development.
The scientific nature of the Museum's exhibits, their decorative disposition used for the first time in the practice of Ukrainian Museums of Natural History have made for its popularity and significance. At the present time the Museum is one of the biggest centers of museum matter and, according to authoritative experts, one of the best modern research institutions of natural history in the world. Undoubtedly, the Museum is the national property and pride of Ukraine.
By a decree of the President of Ukraine of December 10, 1996, the Natural History Museum was granted the status of National, as a token of recognition on the state and international level of the high results of its activity.
Using this guidebook, the visitors can familiarize themselves with the entire exposition of the Museum complex as well as be easily guided in each of its five museums.