This Chernobyl Museum is located in Kyiv. The old fire station building, built in the early 20th century, looks like a fortress with thick walls and a tower. In 1992, at the initiative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, a museum was opened here dedicated to the liquidation of the Chernobyl accident. From the beginning of personnel mobilization by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, the headquarters and political department maintained a “chronicle” of the main events, with photos and videos. A year later, these materials were shown at an exhibition in the Fire Department of Kyiv oblast, dedicated to the first anniversary of the tragedy. In the future, the exhibition was expanded, and there was a need for a museum.
The total area of the Chernobyl Museum.
The total area of the museum is 1,911 sqm (20,569 sq ft). It has 7,000 items, an exhibition hall, a conference hall, a depository, etc. Unique documents, photographic materials, equipment, and liquidators’ personal belongings are displayed here; also, artifacts and cultural items of Polissya; a model of the Chernobyl NPP 4th power unit, and a scale model of the Exclusion Zone.
We recommend visiting it before a trip to the Exclusion Zone. This will help to understand the scale of the event.
This article was published in the book Interesting Chernobyl.
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