Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine

National museum of the Golodomor-genocide

2008 — 2022
The National Museum in Kyiv, located in Pechersk and dedicated to the crime of Holodomor-genocide in Ukraine in 1932-1933, 1921-1922, 1946-1947.

Status

Closed to visitors

Raised

782 UAH

from UAH 7,3 million

*The amount is not final and requires clarification, which is possible only after the examination

Description of the establishment

The museum consists of the memorial complex and the underground Hall of Memory that houses permanent exhibitions and artifacts from the famines’ periods. The memorial complex was conceptualized and designed by the Ukrainian folk artist Anatoliy Haydamaka and architect Yuriy Kovalyov.[4] The symbolism of the famines’ events and human sufferings is amply portrayed on the museums’ grounds and in its architecture.

The entrance of the alley to the memorial complex is framed by two statues of angels, referred to as the Angels of Sorrow. The angels represent the guardians of the souls of the starved. In the centre of the alley, 24 millstones (the Millstones of Destiny) are set in a circle and carry a dual meaning. On the one hand, they symbolize the source of food and life. On the other hand, they represent a 24-hour clock, reminding that up to 24,000 human lives were ground to death daily during the Holodomor.

A haunting statue of a young girl clutching a handful of wheat stands is in the middle of the alley. This statue, Bitter Memory of Childhood, is dedicated to the most vulnerable victims of starvation – children. Picking up wheat left on the collective farm fields after reaping was considered a crime and was punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment or even death. The paving leading to the centre of the memorial and the Hall of Memory symbolizes the highly fertile black soils of Ukraine.

The central part of the memorial is a white, 30-meter high candle-shaped monument, known as the Candle of Memory. The monument is decorated with glass crosses of different sizes arranged in a Ukrainian folk embroidery pattern. The crosses symbolize the souls of the famines’ victims, young and old. The bronze figures of storks soaring from the base of the monument represent the rebirth of the Ukrainian nation.

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More about the exhibition

Below ground is a well-conceived Hall of Memory. In the Hall, visitors have an opportunity to commemorate the famines' victims by lighting a candle and by ringing a bell. A 20-minute educational film about the Ukrainian famines is projected on the walls of the Hall. A collection of artefacts dating back to the famines is displayed. These include period farm equipment, agricultural tools and household items. Visitors also have an opportunity to browse the volumes of the National Memory Book of Famine’s Victims of 1932–1933 and provide information about their relatives who died of starvation in Ukraine.

The Hall of Memory leads visitors to the Black Board Alley. The symbolic black boards document the names of Ukrainian towns and villages which had suffered during the dark years of the famines. The names of 14 thousand villages and towns of Ukraine are engraved on the boards, which have become one of the most striking symbols of the Holodomor.

В Залі розташовані моноблоки, які наповнені архівними документами, фотографіями, свідченнями очевидців та картами проєкту «Цифровий атлас Голодомору». В галереї експонуються тимчасові плакатні виставки, а також демонструються документальні фільми про Голодомор.

Експозиція побудована таким чином, що дає можливість гостям музею відчути атмосферу 30-х років, а хаотично розміщені предмети вжитку відтворюють атмосферу колективізації.

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Problem

The staff of museum has collected a certain amount of materials related to the Holodomor-genocide over the past years. It continues to form an archive, a video library, a library, and museum collections. In view of this, the construction of the museum building is an urgent problem. In 2017, the second stage of the museum's construction began - the construction of a new museum building with the improvement of the adjacent park area, the construction of a pedestrian bridge and an open car park on the Dnipro Uzvoz. Construction was scheduled to be completed in 2023, but due to the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022, construction funding was suspended.

Currently, museum workers are looking for funds to pay bills for electricity, water and heat supply, other communal services, as well as for the purchase of materials necessary for packaging and storage of museum objects.

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What will the funds be used for?

• Payment for heat supply — UAH 1 456 000 • Payment for water supply and sewage — UAH 1 450 000 • Payment for electricity supply services — UAH 1 456 400 • Other utility payments — UAH 1 456 400 • Payment for materials required for packaging and storage of museum objects — UAH 1 463 459

Status

Closed to visitors

Raised

782 UAH

from UAH 7,3 million

*The amount is not final and requires clarification, which is possible only after the examination

Contacts

Lavrska street, 6, Kyiv, Kyiv region