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National Museum of The History of Ukraine | 6 Exciting Tours & Sightseeing

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Ukraine is an Eastern European country and is the second-largest country in Europe after its neighbour, Russia. Its dynamic capital Kiev is located on the Dnieper River in north-central Ukraine.

Some describe Ukraine as large, diverse, and mostly undiscovered. It’s a nation filled with colourful traditions, breathtaking natural landscapes, and a rich, but somewhat painful history.

There are many treasures to discover in Ukraine, and we’ve listed the best tours to help you discover some of Ukraine’s national gems.

Highlights:

  • Learn about the history of Ukraine from ancient times to the present day
  • Learn about the foundation and development of Kyiv
  • Explore some of Ukraines major landmarks

Know before you book:

  • Some tours are not wheelchair accessible
  • Wear comfortable shoes for walking
  • Some tours do not include the entrance fee into the museum

St Andrews Church

Ukraine is considered one of Europe’s last genuine travel frontiers. It’s a country with interesting contrasts, such as towering architectural wonders in the capital, incredible natural landscapes, and contemporary culture.

Sadly though, Ukraine has endured a number of hardships including two revolutions, as well as an invasion from the former Soviet Union. All of this has contributed to its incredibly diverse and rich history.

Ukraine has a number of museums in Kiev, such as the National Museum of The History of Ukraine and the National Museum of The History of Ukraine in The Second World War.

The National Museum of The History of Ukraine, located in the heart of Kiev is one of the leading museums in the world and has approximately 22 000 exhibits that contain art, manuscripts, weapons, and many artifacts.

A tour of this museum is a great way to discover Ukraine’s history from ancient times up until today. Keep reading to discover some of the best tours below.

National Museum of The History of Ukraine & War Museum Tour Prices

The cost of tours of the National Museum starts at about €30 ($ 35)  and €60 ($70). Some of the tours are private tours and only accommodate small groups, while other tours combine a visit to a few of Kiev’s other attractions

Compare prices across the ticket providers below:

Times of National Museum Tours

Each tour’s duration is different and starts at different times. The starting times of these tours vary according to the availability of the tours and can be checked upon booking.

Best Time to Go

The best time to visit Ukraine is in Spring (May-June). Spring in Ukraine, especially in Kiev, is a rather magical time of the year, and you’ll find an abundance of apricots, lilacs, and magnolias in full bloom.

In spring, the weather in Kiev is perfect for exploring the city as it’s neither too hot nor too cold. Spring is also a great time to visit because you’ll just miss the summer crowds and you’ll find great bargains on flights and accommodation.

National Museum of The History of Ukraine Tours

Here are some of the best tours of the National Museum of The History of Ukraine.

Museum of History of Ukraine Private Guided Tour

The National Museum of The History of Ukraine was built in the early 20th century and has over 30 exhibition halls that are dedicated to different historical periods in Ukraine.

During this 45-minute tour, you’ll discover impressive displays of weapons, ceramics, paintings, and much more. You’ll also discover many cultural objects such as Ukraine’s national costume.

What we liked: Enjoy a private guided tour of the Ukrainian National Museum.

INCLUDES:

  • Entrance tickets to the museum
  • 45-minute private guided tour
  • Live tour guide in Ukrainian, English and Russian

EXCLUDES:

  • Hotel pickup and drop off

Delve into the history of Kiev from ancient times up until the present day at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine.

National Museum of The History of Ukraine

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St. Andrew’s Church and Museum of The History of Ukraine

If you’re looking for a more personalised experience with a private guide, then this tour is perfect for you. The tour kicks off by being picked up from your accommodation in Kiev.

You’ll then be taken to one of Ukraine’s architectural masterpieces, the St. Andrew’s Church. The church was built by Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastelli in 1767, who built the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.

Your guide will take you through the history of the church and you’ll get to marvel at the awe-inspiring interior and exterior of St Andrews.

Once the tour of St Andrews is complete, you’ll make your way over to the National Museum of The History of Ukraine. Once there, you’ll be taken through the museum where you’ll admire the numerous exhibits that showcase the development of Ukraine.

Some of these exhibits include a Baroque style coach that was given to the Archbishop of Kiev and a collection of Ukrainian banknotes and coins.

What we liked: You’ll get to see two of the most iconic landmarks in Ukraine.

INCLUDES:

  • Private guided tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Private transportation in a minivan or car

EXCLUDES:

  • Entrance fees to the museum
  • Food and drinks

Explore Kiev’s history by visiting the world-famous St Andrew’s Church and the  National Museum of Ukraine.

Note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible

St Andrews Church and Museum

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Museum History of Ukraine with St Andrew Church and St Michael Golden-Domed Monastery

If you’ve got limited time available in Kiev then this tour is perfect for you. This 3-hour private tour visits three of the city’s major attractions, the National Museum of The History of Ukraine, St. Andrews Church, and St. Michael’s Monastery.

Each attraction highlights different aspects of Ukraine’s history. Your local guide will share stories of the city that you probably won’t find in any guidebook. Along the way, you’ll also discover some hidden gems of Kiev.

What we liked: You get to see three of the most iconic landmarks in Ukraine.

INCLUDES:

  • Private guided tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Private transportation in a minivan or car

EXCLUDES:

  • Entrance fees to the museum
  • Food and drinks
  • Extra services

Discover three of Kiev’s major landmarks at your own pace with this private guided tour and learn some of the city’s most intimate details from your guide.

Note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible

Kiev Landmarks

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Kiev Open Tour – History & Modern Life in 3 hours

This 3-hour tour is a great way to explore Kiev if you don’t have a lot of time available. You’ll visit nine of Kiev’s major attractions which include the National History Museum of The History of Ukraine, the Taras Shevchenko National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine, and Saint Sophia Cathedral to name a few.

Along the way, you’ll also stop at the Besarabsky Market where you can try traditional Ukrainian black caviar.

What we liked: You’ll get to see nine of the most popular attractions in Kiev.

INCLUDES:

  • Private guided tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

EXCLUDES:

  • Food and drinks

With this tour, you’ll not only learn about the history of Ukraine but also contemporary Ukrainian culture.

Note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible

Kiev City Tour

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National Museum of The History of Ukraine in The Second World War

One of the most well-known museums in Ukraine is the National Museum of The History of Ukraine in The Second World War (also known as the Museum of The Great Patriotic War, Kiev).

This memorial complex is a separate museum located on the outskirts of Kiev. It sits on the scenic hills on the right bank of the Dnieper River. It was opened in 1981 to commemorate the German-Soviet War and received its National Museum status in 1996.

Here are some tours that you can check out to discover this museum.

Museum of World War II and Motherland Statue Private Tour

The Museum of World War II is one of the most important historical monuments in Ukraine. During this 2-hour tour, you’ll learn some very important facts about World War II from Ukraine’s perspective and their valiant fight against the Nazis.

Your guide will take you through the museum complex where you’ll find informative exhibits including an open-air exhibition of military equipment, The Alley of The Hero-cities, and various monuments portraying World War II.

After touring the museum you can head over to the two observation decks at the Motherland Statue and take in amazing panoramic views of Kiev.

What we liked:You’ll learn important facts about Ukraines history and its fight for independence.

INCLUDES:

  • Private guided tour
  • Hotel pickup and dropoff
  • Tour is offered in 5 languages

EXCLUDES:

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Admission to the observation deck

Experience personalised commentary in the language of your choice and learn interesting facts about one of the most important events in history.

Note: Minimum age for an optional visit of the 91-meter (298-feet) observation deck is 18 years

Museum of The Second World War

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Kiev: Private Driving and Walking Tour of Soviet Kiev

With this tour, you’ll get to immerse yourself in Kiev’s history under the control of the former Soviet Union. Explore important sights like the Motherland Monument and the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in The Second World War.

After being picked up by your guide, the tour will start off by climbing 36 meters (118-feet) up to the Motherland Monument. From here you’ll get to admire some spectacular views of the city.

After taking in some breathtaking views, you’ll make your way over to the museum. Your guide will point out some architectural features typical of the Soviet period. Your tour guide will take you through the various exhibits.

On your way back to the city centre your guide will point out some other interesting features of Kiev, and share more of the city’s history with you.

What we liked: This is a driving and walking tour

INCLUDES:

  • Entrance tickets to sights
  • Transportation
  • Private guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off from a location of your choice in the Kiev city center

EXCLUDES:

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Learn about the Soviet Union’s legacy and history of Kiev with a private guide.  This tour is available in Spanish, English, French, German, Russian.

Note: Bring along comfortable shoes for the walking tour.

Motherland Statue

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8.4Expert Score
The National Museum of The History of Ukraine and the National Museum of The History of Ukraine in The Second World War are two of the most important monuments in Ukraine. Tours of both museums are a great way to learn about the history and development of Kiev.
Comfort
8
Location
9
Value for money
8.5
Fun
8
PROS
  • Some tours combine multiple attractions
  • Great way to learn about Kiev’s history
  • Some tours include hotel pickup & drop off
  • Tours are available in multiple languages
CONS
  • Most tours are not wheelchair accessible
  • Food and drinks are not included
  • Not all tours include the cost of the entrance fees of the museums.

Specification: National Museum of The History of Ukraine | 6 Exciting Tours & Sightseeing

Accessible

Not wheelchair accessible

Duration

45 min to 3-hours

Inclusions

Guided tour, Private Transport

Exclusions

Food & Drinks, Entrance fees to the museums

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