Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
Mother and child statue at entrance to the Chernobyl Museum.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
A slightly different view.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
The Chernobyl Museum is in Kiev. Apparently one can visit Chernobyl and the other now abandoned villages and towns themselves, but it is not advised and permits are required.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
"The National Museum of Chernobyl."
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
The museum is funded by the Ukrainian government.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
Emergency vehicles.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
Ambulance.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
BTR-60 armored personnel carrier. Used to transport firefighters closer to the fire.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
Upon entering the museum, one climbs to an upper level. Above the stairs hang typical town signs with the names of towns and villages that were abandoned because of the Chernobyl disaster.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
Abandoned.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
Abandoned.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
Abandoned.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
Abandoned.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
A 3-dimensional scale map of the town of Chernobyl. The nuclear power plant is in the upper left of the map.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
The power plant before the explosion is depicted in an interactive model.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
After the explosion and fire.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
The reactor exploded at precisely 1:22 a.m.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
The man who spoke to us. He was working the day shift. He said he got up, dressed and went to work without even knowing something had happened during the night. He spent several days once he reached the nuclear power plant helping to shut down the systems. He suffered no ill effects after the disaster. For several years doctors examined him two or three times a year, then twice a year and now only once a year. He is cancer-free so far.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
Drawings of some of the first victims who were on duty or attempted to fight the fire after the reactor exploded.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
All eventually died from injuries or radiation.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
This memo, written in Russian, classified "secret" and dated the day after the explosion, discusses what happened, how many were injured, and what was being done to contain the contamination. One was already dead and others were critical. A special aircraft flew 26 of them to Moscow for treatment.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
For several days there were no news reports of the explosion of the reactor at Chernobyl. Finally, this very small item appeared in Ukrainian, though it provided no information about evacuations or the extent of the danger.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
It was in the lower left corner of the 29 April edition of the paper on page 3. And it was not highlighted in red as was done for the museum collection.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
The disaster occurred at 1:22 a.m. the morning of 26 April. Gorbachev finally announced it to the Russian people in mid-May and then only because radiation readings in Western European nations were rocketing upwards.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
Women being evacuated from their homes never to return. Evacuees carried only what they could carry either on a bus or in another vehicle. Most pets and belongings were left behind.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
Bus loads of people leaving their homes forever. Many were not even told why they had to leave. They learned later.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
The wall contains quotations from different worldwide scientists and philosophers throughout the decades. One quote on the wall of particular interest says, "It isn't necessary to purify the air and the water, it is more important not to contaminate it."
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
The museum's exhibits had a profound influence on Grandpa Roy. This museum impressed him more than any other place or thing he saw on the Russia/Urkainian trip with the possible exception of Babi Yar.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
The sign, of course, says "radiation."
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
Religious icons and toys.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
Anti-radiation gear. It really doesn't help very well.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
Haunting photo of a boy who was born shortly after the catastrophe. He died soon after this photo was taken.
Chernobyl Museum
Chernobyl Museum
In Ukraine as well as much of Europe, when leaving a town there is a diagonal line drawn through its name. In this display, the line not only indicates leaving a town, but that the town no longer exists because it was evacuated after the disaster and the people never were allowed to return.
Chernobyl Museum