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Sign on the Shield

The exhibition is organized in tight connection with the nationwide project “Trident of the Motherland”, which is purposed for replacement of the Soviet symbols on the shield of the Motherland Monument with the Ukrainian state symbol of Trident. In the broader context, the exhibition resounds with the general reinterpretation of the War Museum and the monument as its dominant object.

In the exhibition space, over 200 authentic artifacts are displayed, covering more than a millennial period of Ukraine’s history. The exposition reveals the most interesting facts from the Trident history, draws attention to the most important stages of its evolving into the state coat of arms. This is a peculiar response to the actual public questions related to the reproduction of the Trident on the shield. It highlights the connection of this process with renaming of the Motherland Monument and the Museum in general.

Especially for this project, the Museum has prepared the new exposition space in the Exhibition Center that consists of three halls. Each of them contains the relevant chapter of the exhibition: “State Sign”, “National Symbol” and “Sign on the Shield”.

See you at the Exhibition Center of the Museum at 27 Lavrska Street.

Working hours:

  • Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The ticket office is open till 6.45 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The ticket office is open till 7.45 p.m.

Entrance fee:

  • standard – UAH 100
  •  for students – UAH 50
  • Excursion fee per group – UAH 200 in Ukrainian, UAH 100 for students of Ukraine, UAH 300 in English

Book the guided tours by phone +38(044) 285-69-50

Ukraine – Crucifixion

The exhibition on the Russian-Ukrainian war “Ukraine – Crucifixion” is opened for the visitors in the Museum.

For the first time in the world museum practice, the stationary exposition on the ongoing war was created in the real time. With the help of the authentic materials and photos, the horrible realities of the full-scale Russian aggression are highlighted.

Visit us in the exhibition center of the Museum (27 Lavrska Street, Kyiv).

Working hours:

  • Mon – Fri: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the tickets are available until 6.45 p.m.
  • Sat – Sun: from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the tickets are available until 7.45 p.m.
  • Entrance fee: adults – UAH 50, students and school pupils – UAH 30
  • Excursion fee per group – UAH 150 for adults, UAH 100 for school pupils, UAH 300 for a tour in English

ArtArmor Children UA

Exhibition of the children paintings and the armor plates turned into the artworks by the teen artists.

“ArtArmor Children UA” is the artistic contest by the charitable project “ArtArmor”. Its purpose is to involve children into support of Ukraine and the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the help of art. In the framework of this initiative, boys and girls had to create the artworks under the motto “Glory to heroes”. Over 150 persons from 17 regions of Ukraine took part in it. The jury selected 10 winners – three participants with the third places, three with second, three with first and grand prix.

Then the award nominees recreated their contest works on the armor plates that have been at the front and saved the lives of the Ukrainian defenders. The armor was turned into the art objects used at the Ukrainian and international exhibitions, charity auctions etc. The received costs are directed into the purchase of the new armor plates, which are immediately sent to the military.

The exhibition of the contest’s best works will be available until September 25 in the Lower Gate in the territory of the Museum.

See you at the Lower Moscow Gate of the Museum at 27 Lavrska Street.

Working hours:

  • Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The ticket office is open till 6.45 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The ticket office is open till 7.45 p.m.

Entrance fee:

  • standard – UAH 30
  •  for students – UAH 20
The multimedia project “Children…” – martyrology of children killed during the full-scale Russian-Ukrainian war

The multimedia project “Children…” under the arch of the Upper Moscow Gate of the 18th century of the Pechersk Fortress is presented.

It is impossible to estimate the real number of the killed and wounded children, as the occupiers continue the active hostilities. However, the known number of lost lives is reflected in the symbolic account. The names of the dead appear on the symbolic altar, and those who have now turned into angels are watching us from eye to eye.

 The tragedy of this performance is stressed by the artwork “Tree of Life”, the metaphor of the children’s deaths in the war. The red boxes contain the belongings of the children found in the museum expedition to the newly liberated areas of the Kyiv region. The black branches form the symbol of the fortitude of all Ukraine as the united family.

Ertrance is free.

Working hours:

  • Mon – Fri: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sat – Sun: from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

French caricatures. Online exhibition

On February 24, 2022, russia launched an insidious attack on the territory of Ukraine. Since then, the Museum has received many offers of help and cooperation. Museums and cultural institutions provided their spaces for museum exhibitions about Ukraine’s fight for freedom and democratic values. However, there were artists who donated their works to the Museum. One of them is the French illustrator and cartoonist Regis Hector. He sent the Museum caricatures of his own authorship on the topic of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

We offer art works created by the artist in 2022-2023. These are works that reflect the steadfast resistance of Ukrainians to Russian aggression and their bravery in defending the European future of their country and the futility of the invaders’ plans to dominate Ukraine.

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The famous Mariupol Diary

"I slept well, woke up and smiled..." - the first chapter of the children’s diary called "War" begins with this cute note. In it, 8-year-old resident of Mariupol, Yehor Kravtsov, described the one hundred days of occupation of the city, which he experienced with his mother and sister in the spring of 2022. Joyful events on the pages of the diary alternate with descriptions of wounds, deaths of beloved ones and the death of a beloved city. Relatives of Yehor could not read his notes without tears and, when they got out of Mariupol, posted them on social networks. The children’s chronicles of the occupation became known around the world as the "Mariupol Diary".

Now Yehor’s diary is available not only for reading, but also for watching and listening. The museum created an animated film where the notes of Yehor had been voiced by him.

Idea - Iryna Kоtsabyuk. Animation – Den Pinko.