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“Good collection of Western art in the heart of Kiev”

Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts
Ranked #45 of 537 things to do in Kiev
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2012

Very good collection with original 'Infanta Margarita' by Velasquez - a real gem. Small compact museum, good place to visit if you have little time

2  Thank Marisha_11
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

interesting architecture, quite unique interior design, but booooring collection, unfriendly babushkas

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Reviewed 22 June 2011

This museum of "western and oriental art" houses a diverse private collection on two floors; many of the rooms lack natural light and good incandescent lighting. Some paintings are under glass and they're difficult to see, but it's well worth a visit, first because of Diego Velasquez's "Infanta," as well as a Giovanni Bellini "Madonna and Child." There are some wonderful paintings from Dutch and Flemish masters, little-known or not often seen 13th century Italian painters, as well as an excellent Iranian glass and Iranian and Chinese ceramics and Chinese bronzes. The biggest surprise is the last room (the babushkas make you go through the rooms in order!) where the Japanese art is housed. Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and many other painters are represented here, but best of all is the beautifully lit collection of netsuke, nearly 50 of them.

If you have visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and loved it, this museum is a must-see in Kiev. We went on the first Wednesday of the month when admission is supposed to be free but they made us pay 30 UAH each plus tax (about $10). Skip Wednesdays, if you can; there are school children everywhere. Pictures of some things are allowed but be ready to cough up 10 UAH for each picture, a little more than $1 USD. The gift shop has some nice Ukrainian handicrafts and a book about the museum that is in Ukrainian and English for $13 USD. Wear comfortable shoes; there are no seats in any of the rooms. The museum is in a museum/gallery district where there are many restaurants. Fast food and beverages can be had for a few dollars across the street in a city park.

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