Bohdan & Varvara Khanenko Museum of Arts

Bohdan & Varvara Khanenko Museum of Arts information

Kyiv , Ukraine
Address
Street vul Tereshchenkivska 15/17
Getting there
metro Pl Lva Tolstoho
More information
www.khanenkomuseum.kiev.ua/
Prices
adult/student 30/15uah, free last Wed of month, tour in English 250uah per group
Opening hours
10.30am-5.30pm Wed-Sun, 10.30am-2pm last Wed of month
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Lonely Planet review

Kyiv's most impressive collection of European art boasts Bosch, Velázquez and Rubens among the many masters represented, but they are only part of the attraction. The house, with its frescoed ceilings and intricately carved woodwork, alone is worth the price of admission. All the better that it's packed with priceless antique furniture, ancient Greek sculptures, porcelain ceramics and dazzling paintings, such as a version of Hieronymus Bosch's Temptation of St Anthony . The museum's climax is on the top floor: four rare religious icons from the 6th and 7th centuries. Even if icons aren't your thing, it's hard not to be moved by these primitive Byzantine treasures. And we've only described the 'Western' wing. The 'Eastern' wing has Buddhist, Chinese and Islamic art.