National Museum of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 - Kyiv, Ukraine
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Quick Description: The National Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War (of 1941-1945)is a memorial complex commemorating the German-Soviet War located in the southern outskirts of the Pechersk district of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.
Location: Ukraine
Date Posted: 7/17/2012 1:01:26 PM
Waymark Code: WMEXAD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:
The museum has moved two times before ending up in the current location where it was ceremonially opened on May 9 (the Victory Day), 1981, by the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. On June 21, 1996, the museum was accorded its current status of the National Museum by the special decree signed by Leonid Kuchma, then the President of Ukraine.

It is one of the largest museums in Ukraine (over 300 thousand exhibits) centered around the now famous 62-meter tall Motherland statue, which has become one of the best recognized landmarks of Kiev. The museum has been attended by over 21 million visitors.

Mother Motherland is a monumental statue of the "Mother Motherland" designed by Yevgeny Vuchetich. The stainless steel statue stands 62 m (203 ft) tall upon the museum building with the overall structure measuring 102 m (335 ft) and weighing 560 tons. The sword in the statue's right hand is 16 m (52 ft) long weighing 9 tons, with the left hand holding up a 13 by 8 m (43 by 26 ft) shield with the State Emblem of the Soviet Union.
Opening hours: 10:00 - 17:00 (Closed Mondays)

Open all year: Yes

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