In part two of our Kids in Kyiv feature, What’s On looks at some of the best museums in Kyiv to take your kids. Check out our May feature for activities and learning experiences you can do with your kids.
State Museum of Toys
First started as a permanent exhibition in 1936 – the first in the USSR – the Toy Museum opened in 2005 and features over 15 000 toys. There are three permanent exhibitions: Toy Story highlights the history of toys; Ukrainian Folk Toy showcases Ukrainian toys; and the Hall of Interchangeable Exhibitions features unique original toys.
Cost: adults 20 UAH, children 10 UAH, kids under 5 are free
Address: Klovskiy Spusk 8
Phone: +380 44 253 5400
Transport Museums (Aviation & Railway)
Is your child into planes or trains? Why not take them to the Aviation or Railway Museums? Located next to Zhuliany Airport, the open-air Aviation Museum has nearly 90 planes and helicopters, many of which you can get inside to explore. Located at the Central Train Station, the Railroad Museum has historic locomotives and carriages for you to discover.
Cost: adults 50 UAH, students 20 UAH, kids under 7 are free, some exhibitions are extra (Aviation Museum)
15 UAH, photos are 5 UAH (Railway Museum)
Address: Medovaya 1 (Aviation Museum)
Pryvokzalna 1 (Railway Museum)
Phone: +380 44 451 8324 (Aviation Museum)
+380 44 333 1061 (Railway Museum)
Website: aviamuseum.com.ua/en (Aviation Museum)
Fire and Water Museums
Learn the history of firefighting, climb into old fire trucks, and even tour an operating fire station – all this awaits at the Firefighting Museum in Obolon. Tours must be booked in advance. To cool off, head on over to the Water Museum, one of Kyiv’s most popular attractions. Through witty and interactive exhibits, your kids will learn about water – from the precipitation cycle to fish habitats to the sewer system!
Cost: adults 50 UAH, students 20 UAH (Fire Museum); adults 50 UAH, children 40 UAH, kids under 6 are free (Water Museum)
Address: Malynovsky 6 (Fire Museum); Hrushevskoho 1B (Water Museum)
Phone: +38 0 44 418 3502 (Fire Museum); +380 44 279 5333 or +38 044 279 5380 (Water Museum)
Website: FB Музей Пожарного Дела (Fire Museum); aqua-kiev.info (Water Museum)
Sports Museums (Olympic Stadium & Klitschko Museum)
A must-see for any sports fan, Kyiv’s Olympic Stadium – home of the EURO 2012 final and the 2018 Champions League final – offers one-hour tours that will take you to the dressing room, on the field, and to a museum of artifacts from the stadium’s 95-year history. Other activities that can be booked include gaming on the scoreboard, quests, birthdays, and weddings. Also located on-site, The Klitschko Brothers Museum lets you relive the glories of Ukraine’s most famous brothers through multimedia film and exhibits. English tours are possible.
Cost: adults 50 UAH, students 20 UAH, kids under 7 are free (Olympic Stadium); free entrance, but pre-registration is required (Klitschko Brothers Museum)
Address: Velyka Vasylkivska 55
Phone: +380 44 590 6695 (Olympic Stadium); +380 99 102 4448 (Klitschko Brothers Museum)
Website: nsc-olimpiyskiy.com.ua/en/for-rest (Olympic Stadium); klitschkomuseum.com/en
Pirohovo National Museum of Folk Architecture
If your kids are interested in history, there is no better place to visit than Pirohovo Village. With ancient windmills and historic buildings, your little ones can learn about Ukraine’s different regions and cultures at six regional villages. There is plenty to do from picnicking in summer and sledding in winter, to horseback riding and folk crafting – your kids will never get bored. A great place to visit on Ukrainian holidays!
Cost: adults 50 UAH, students 30 UAH, kids 7-10 15 UAH, kids under 7 are free
Address: Pirogovo National Museum of Folk Architecture
Phone: +380 44 526 2416