The National “Chernobyl” Museum
Address: Horev lane, 1
Phone: 0(44)417 5422
The National “Chernobyl” Museum was opened on April 26, 1992, on the fifth anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl station. Exposition was collected slowly, because there were almost no information, and all the data on the causes and consequences of the accident were strictly confidential. Many materials were published at the museum for the first time – documents, maps, and photos labelled «Confidential».
Museum «Chernobyl» exhibition tells about one of the biggest disasters in human history – the accident at the fourth power generating unit of Chernobyl nuclear power station, which occurred in April 1986. The museum contains more than 7000 exhibits – documents, photographs, items of ethnic culture, personal belongings of participants of elimination of the accident consequences.
Above the entrance to the museum there is written phrase «Est dolendi modus, non est timendi» (There is a limit of sadness, but there is no limit for worries). Then there is the bar with flashing lights, opening the entrance to the symbolic Chernobyl road. This is a staircase that leads to the main museum hall; along the road there are signs with the names of 76 towns and villages of Ukraine from the resettlement zone, razed to the ground with radiation.
After the Chernobyl road the first exhibition hall starts; the floor in it is made as a slab of biological defence of the main reactor hall. There is an iconostasis in the centre of the room stands; the museum staff brought the parts of it from a Voskresensky church in the Zone of Alienation. The boat is swinging under the iconostasis; it is a symbol of Noah’s ark and inside the boat there are children’s toys left by visitors of the museum. On the ceiling of the room there is a symbolic map of the world with flashing red lights of power stations on all continents.
The museum has the unique videos of the disaster and its consequences, the model of the power unit of Chernobyl nuclear power plant, a diorama called «Chernobyl nuclear power plant before, during and after the accident», showing the explosion, the destruction of the nuclear power plant after it, and the construction of the sarcophagus over the exploded block.
The museum exhibition halls show the heroic and selfless work of people who participated in the work of elimination of accident consequences. In 1998 in the museum a memory e-book of participants who eliminated the accident was set up; it contains more than 5 thousand names of liquidators.
Since its inception, the “Chernobyl” museum was attended by representatives of more than 80 countries of the world. Among them were the Presidents of Ukraine and other countries, the UN mission headed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, President of the OSCE Adrian Severin and others.