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Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts

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Address: Tereshchenkivska St., 15/17, Kiev 10114, Ukraine
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The largest museum of world arts in Ukraine was founded in 1919 on the...

The largest museum of world arts in Ukraine was founded in 1919 on the basis of private art collection of Bohdan and Varvara Khanenkos, the outstanding Ukrainian patrons of art. Gorgeous interiors of the museum halls provide an exquisite setting for the unique collections of painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, and decorative art of Western Europe (Italy, Spain, France, Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Poland and etc.), and Asia (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Turkey, lands of Central Asia and Caucasus, China, Japan, India, Tibet, Mongolia, Buriatia, Kalmykia, and etc.), as well as the arts from the Ancient World (Egypt, Greece, Rome and Etruria). The key highlights of the museum include four Byzantine encaustic icons from 6th-7th centuries.The museum offers guided tours in Ukrainian, Russian, English, German and Chinese. Individual visitors can enjoy audio guide in Ukrainian, Russian, and English.The museum exposition is open daily, except Mondays and Tuesdays, from 10:30 till 17:30. Each first Wednesday of the month from 10:30 till 14:00– free access.

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A lovely way to spend the afternoon.

Spent the afternoon here on a chilly day. Lots to see. Lovely old building in the heart of Kiev. Well worth a visit.

Reviewed 2 March 2017
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

Spent the afternoon here on a chilly day. Lots to see. Lovely old building in the heart of Kiev. Well worth a visit.

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

A great collection of European fine art thoughtfully arranged within the well conserved rooms of the Khanenko mansion. The furnishings and interior design are an unexpected pleasure - particularly the Don Quixote tapestries and ceiling paintings in the salon. Obviously not on a par with the Prado or the Louvre but the intimacy of the collection and it's variety bring... More 

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Kiev, Ukraine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Museum is located in Khanenki's House. Khanenki family were aristocrates who loved and collected art in 19th century. They even opened their collection to public access for free. After her husband's death Varvara Khanenko wanted to present her collection to Kyiv city. She fought with the new communist occupation government to the last day of her life to assure better... More 

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Reviewed 6 August 2016

Very much like the old ex-communist era museums in Kiev from 15 years ago. Difficult to find, not any advertising on front door, unsmiling babooshkas in every 2nd room. The babooshkas seem unchanged, never speaking except to point in horror if you choose a wrong turning. There are English translations on most items, but no overall story in English. So... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

It's a must. Basically, several museum experiences combined in one: paintings, statues, furniture, interior and so on. Many nice surprises (some are already given away by other reviewers here, I'll refrain). Effectively, you're invited to visit Bohdan and Varvara's house. Entry is about one euro. Allow about 60 minutes ... or more. The museum itself is small though has a... More 

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Tahoe City, California
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

It's worth paying about a dollar just to see the Velasquez and Vigee Le Brun. There is also a Jacques-Louis David painting, but it is so badly positioned in front of a glaring window that although you can stand one inch away, you can't really see it. *shrug* Really, you could consider the museum another wing of the Russian Art... More 

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Cherkasy, Ukraine
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Reviewed 16 December 2015

If you are fond of fine arts, architecture, interior design and great personalities,it's number 1 to visit. Don't miss your chance! And, of course, book a guide.

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Reviewed 4 June 2015 via mobile

One of the reachest collection of art on the post Soviet Union territory. Very interesting both parts of this museum - European and East art. In the first you can see paintings and sculptures, in East part - more decorative art from Japan, China, India, Iran, Turkey. Some examples are really antique and unique. This place is worth of your... More 

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Yekaterinburg, Russia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2015

This museum was OK. But for being free I thought it was excellent. There were some interesting items here and the interior of this house was immaculate.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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Reviewed 11 February 2015

This is my second visit to this museum, and I'm glad I had more time to focus on the art this time around. The Khanenkos obviously had exquisite tastes to compile such a collection, which boasts a wide variety across genres, mediums, and origins--in both the Western and Eastern collections. Of particular note are solid contributions from Brueghel, Rembrandt and... More 

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