WWII Museum Tour
Museum of the History of Ukraine in the II World War
Duration: 2 hours
*the tour may be combined with visiting the other Kiev sites
The topic of II World War (Great Patriotic War 1941-1945) has been my favorite topic since the school years. As I grew up, I’ve become even more interested in it. Until today I continue learning information about this largest armed conflict in the history of mankind. If you are interested in this topic as well, it would be a great pleasure for me to share with you my knowledge as well as to learn something new from you.
The Great Patriotic War, a tragedy that entered almost every Soviet family, from the very beginning touched the territory of Ukraine, and until the last day (September 2, 1945), Ukrainian soldiers and officers participated in this war.
Due to its geopolitical and geostrategic position Ukraine was one of the main springboards of the front. During the war were mobilized nearly 7 million Ukrainians, representing 23% of the personnel of the Soviet Army Forces. Marshals and generals, Ukrainians by birth, led almost half of the 15 fronts, including about 300 generals of the war. A striking irreversible loss of Ukraine by some estimates amounts to 14 million people.
Great Patriotic War – this is how post-Soviet people call the war between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany and its allies during the period from 22 June 1941 to 9 May 1945. It was the largest military operation, carried out ever, and it still remains such. It marked the end of the Third Reich and Hitler’s dream of a “millennial empire.”
Great Patriotic War Museum in Kiev
So, let’s dive deeper into the historical events of the most titanic battle in the history of humanity.
The most noticeable part of the Kiev World War II Museum is visible from a distance, impressive Statue of Motherland. Near the monument, it is even more impressive as the statue is really huge its height is 102 meters with plinth. In a sloping lift you can get to a circular observation deck on the pedestal (37 m), and then – in the vertical elevator to the chest level, and up the stairs to the upper edge of the sword (92 m), which significantly swings in the wind.
Besides the Statue of Motherland there are several sculptural groups, telling the history of Kiev during the war: “The first fights”, “Unconquered”, “Heroes of the partisans,” “Heroes of the Underground,” “Rear – Front”, “Battle for the Dnieper”.
The exposition is divided into the thematic rooms. Among them: the battle for Stalingrad and Kursk, the fascist regime and the concentration camps, the heroic defense of Sevastopol, the partisan movement on the territory of Ukraine, the crossing of the Dnieper, the Battle of Berlin. The exposition halls of the WW II Museum end up in the Hall of Remembrance, where a 27-meter funeral table is located, and on it, you can see everyday things of soldiers, embroidered towels, which they kept as talismans, “funeral-letters”.
National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War counts 400 thousand exhibit items. The main exhibition is located in the 16 halls of the museum and consists of 15 thousand exhibits. All rooms are located in chronological order, which shows the “Route of War.” The Great Patriotic War Museum in Kiev also has an exposition, located in the open area. It presents to visitors samples of military vehicles of World War II, military equipment of the postwar period.
BEST KIEV GUIDE invites you to this unique memorial complex to find out more about the biggest tragedy of the 20th century – II World War.