Since ancient times, people have dreamed of flying like birds, dreamed of mastering the sky. Over the centuries, humanity has fulfilled its dream. In 1903, the first airplane with an internal combustion engine took off. It was the Wright brothers' plane. Nowadays, air communication becomes a daily necessity, hundreds and thousands of air routes connect different cities, countries and continents. There are people who love air travel, and there are people who, on the contrary, are intimidated by flights. But the endless sky leaves no one indifferent.
The State Aviation Museum of Ukraine named after Oleg Antonov, you can get acquainted with the history of modern aircraft construction, see with your own eyes the real giants of military and civil aviation, touch the iron birds and plunge into the unique emotional atmosphere of the owners of the sky.
The grand opening of the State Museum of Aviation of Ukraine named after Oleg Antonov took place on September 30, 2003 in honor of the 80th anniversary of Ukrainian aviation and the 100th anniversary of world aviation. The exposition is located in Kiev, near the Zhulyany airport. On 20 hectares there are already more than 70 machines of different times, different profiles, classes and purposes: helicopters, fighters, missile carriers, passenger, training and military aircraft. And although this museum is the youngest museum in the country, in terms of the number of aircraft presented in the exposition, our Ukrainian museum is the sixth in the world and the second in the post-Soviet space among aviation museums. Fellows of the Aviation Museum. OK. Antonov has the Museum of Polish Aviation in Krakow, the National Museum of Aviation and Cosmonautics of the United States and the Museum of the History of Civil Aviation of Russia in Ulyanovsk.
On the territory of the Aviation Museum, you can see the developments of almost all leading design bureaus of the Soviet era and get acquainted with the giants of the aircraft industry - Tupolev, Yakovlev, Antonov, Ilyushin, Beriev, Sukhoi, Kamov, Mikoyan-Gurevich. The collection also includes such unique exhibits as the Mi-26 helicopter, which took part in the liquidation of the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster, or the first prototype of the IL-86 wide-body passenger aircraft.
Now the museum is planning to open a completely new super interesting exhibition dedicated to the creation of mysterious "black boxes" and tape recorders for space travel. The permanent exhibition is located right in the cabin of the Il-62 aircraft and contains truly unique exhibits of the Soviet and Ukrainian defense industry. Thus, among the exhibits one can see the first samples of the Soviet tape recorder "Zvezda", created specifically for space travel. It was on this gadget that the historical phrase of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin “Let's go!” Was recorded. You will be able to see with your own eyes the history of development, dynamics and improvement of the model range of on-board tape recorders. For dessert, visitors will be able to see several samples of foreign "black boxes" - French and American. But the real cherry on the cake will be the "black box" from the American U-2 reconnaissance aircraft shot down in 1960 over Soviet territory. This truly mysterious story of American pilot Powers and resident Rudolf Abel, known all over the world thanks to spy films and books.
Walking around the exposition, you can feel the true spirit of history - if you look closely, you can see bullet marks on several helicopters. You will be able to visit the cockpit, see the aircraft control panel, feel tangent to something truly majestic, or try on a new profession.
A visit to the aviation museum will be an outbreak of vivid emotions, new knowledge not only for adults, but also for the smallest family members. The plane ride will be an unforgettable adventure for both boys and girls. And in the warm season, the museum also organizes interesting events for children and young people: the program includes an air quest, various competitions and relay races, an exciting excursion to the world of aviation. The main prize will be a flight in a real flight simulator, thanks to which the winner will be able to feel like a real member of the crew, who confidently controls the plane. And also, you can celebrate your children's birthday right on board a real plane! The crew of professional animators will organize an unforgettable trip around the world for the guests of the plane with many surprises, contests, gifts and delicious treats, traditional for those countries where the plane will make its virtual landing.
In the museum's souvenir shop, everyone will find something for themselves - here you can buy aircraft models, specialized magazines and books, cellular games, aviation clothing and a variety of exclusive souvenirs.
Walk through the territory of the State Aviation Museum is an excellent option for a family or friendly weekend, or even a romantic date: the museum is located very close to the Kiev airport (Zhuliany), therefore, you can just sit on the grass and endlessly watch how they land on the airfield and take off into the blue sky aircraft.
On the territory of the State Aviation Museum has a cozy cafe where visitors can enjoy delicious coffee and desserts, a carefree atmosphere and fully enjoy a family weekend.
An additional bonus of visiting the Aviation Museum is the presence of several photo zones. Panoramic views, the ability to add non-standard frames to a family photo album, surprise your loved ones, friends and subscribers - all this adds positive and helps to preserve warm, vivid memories.
Aviation Museum Address:
- Kiev, st. Medova, 1
- tel.: (044) 451-83-24
- Tue - Sun (April - October): 10:00 - 19:00
- Tue-Sun (November - March): 10:00 - 17:00
- Monday - day off
- Tuesday - no access to exhibits
Service cost (as of 2020):
- The ticket includes entrance to the museum grounds and visits to all open aircraft cabins and expositions.
- Adult ticket: 100 UAH.
- Schoolchildren, students and pensioners: 80 UAH.