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The exposition is a visiting card of any museum institution, a principal core of its practical activity and an important form of museum communication.

The main exhibition of the National Museum spreads over 16 halls with total area of 5 thousand square meters. It has more than 17 thousand exhibits that reflect the greatest military conflict of the 20th century – the Second World War and emphasize the contribution of the Ukrainian people in the achievement of the victory over Nazism.

The Ukrainian factor in the exposition wasn’t chosen randomly because about 60% of the Wehrmacht divisions and 50% of the Red Army units were involved in active hostilities in the territory of Ukraine which lasted for 35 months. Every fifth soldier of the Soviet Army was of Ukrainian origin. The Ukrainians who had lived in different states fought against the Nazi-fascist invaders in the ranks of the armies of the Anti-Hitler Coalition, hundreds of thousands of patriots fought in the ranks of the National Liberation Movement against Nazi and Communist dictatorships for freedom and independence of Ukraine. The Ukrainian irreversible casualties range from 8 to 10 million people.

The exposition tells about the decisive battles on the Soviet-German front, the military operations in Europe and the Far East, the establishment and activity of the Anti-Hitler Coalition.

The distinguishing feature of scientific conception has become the using only of the original exhibits, their combination in the relic images for easy visual and mental perception, the showing of military and historical events and facts through the destiny of ordinary people. Depictions of social and cultural aspects of military life are the essential parts of the exposition.

The museum staffs tend to approach to the presentation of war history with maximum objectivity and completely abandoned the old Soviet clichés and myths.

The museum exposition does not impose visitors any conclusions, it communicates with them as the interlocutors, enables everyone to decide independently according to their own preferences, education and ideology.

We invite you to visit the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, to explore the exposition, its unique exhibits and original concept design.

Museum exhibition project the «Ukrainian East» is created for the Day of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes and is dedicated to the victory and sacrifice of patriots of Ukraine who are currently defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity in the eastern part of our country.

This is the second museum project in this topic. The first one was the «Ukraine. The realities of modern warfare» consisted of ten exhibitions. For three years the employees of National Museum have collected more than 4000 authentic exhibits that give an accurate portrayal of the events in Eastern Ukraine. Half of them are represented at a new exhibition; the majority of them are exhibited for the first time.

The team of journalists of «1+1» TV Channel of the Television Service of News (TSN) and the volunteers of «Black Tulip» Humanitarian Mission are the partners of the project.

Structurally, the exhibition consists of sections which tell of the participation of various military formations and volunteer battalions in combat operations in Eastern Ukraine.

The chaplains who care about the life of a soldier, the doctors who are designed to treat wounded soldiers' bodies in the field, the volunteers whose unselfish assistance saved our men especially in the first months of confrontation, the journalists whose reports bring us the bitter truth about the war are united in symbolic battalions in the exhibition.

A symbolic «foreign legion» is presented at the exhibition in recognition of the fraternal assistance. Among the defenders there are Belarusians, Georgians, Chechens and the representatives of other nations who protect Ukraine.

Taken together, these museum stories reflect the heroic and tragic events of 2014 – 2017 where the fate of Ukraine is being solved today. In the prologue to the exhibition there is a collection of flags and chevrons given to the Museum directly by combatants.

Accent composition of the exhibition the «Way of the Cross» symbolizes the bloody price which is being paid by our people for the right to live freely in their country. The difficult fate of residents of Donbas who were in the war zone is represented in the composition of «Civilians».

The gallery of works of famous press photographers supplements the picture of events in the Ukrainian East. The lines of the National Anthem of Ukraine and the poems of famous Ukrainian poets emphasize the idea of the exhibition about sacrifice of our people in struggle for freedom and invincible faith in the victory. Glory to Ukraine! Glory to Heroes!


Kyiv, 27 Lavrska Str.

  • From the Arsenalna metro station: take bus number 24 or trolleybus number 38 and go to the last stop «The National Museum of History of Ukraine in the Second World War»

Main exposition:

  • Mon-Fri: 10 am - 6 pm
  • the ticket office open till 5 pm
  • Sat-Sun: 10 am - 7 pm
  • the ticket office open till 6 pm

«At the Foreign Wars»:

  • hours: 10 am – 6 pm
  • the ticket office open till 5:30 pm
    closed on Monday and Tuesday

The exhibition of military heavies and weaponry:

  • Mon-Fri: 10 am - 6 pm
  • the ticket office open till 5.30 pm
  • Sat-Sun: 10 am - 7 pm
  • the ticket office open till 6.30 pm


For additional information, please call (044) 285-94-52