Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine

Image - An exhibit hall in the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine in Kyiv. Image - The Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine in Kyiv.

Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine (Музей історичних коштовностей України; Muzei istorychnykh koshtovnostei Ukrainy). A state museum established in Kyiv in 1969 as a branch of the Historical Museum of the Ukrainian SSR (custodian, V. Bondar). Located on the grounds of the Kyivan Cave Historical-Cultural Preserve, the museum is the major Ukrainian repository (approximately 56,000 objects) of artifacts made from precious metals and stones by the Scythians (exhibited in three halls), ancient Slavs (one hall), Kyivan Rus’ artisans (one hall), 14th- to 19th-century Ukrainian goldsmiths (one hall), 17th- to 19th-century Russian jewelers (one hall), and modern Ukrainian jewelers (two halls). It also has a numismatic collection dating as far back as the 6th century BC and a collection of Russian and European medals. Several photo albums of the museum's Scythian objects have been published.

[This article was updated in 2010.]


Image - The Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine in Kyiv. Image - A Scythian gold cup, 4th century BC (Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine). Image - Kyivan Rus' gold pendant (12th-13th century) at the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine in Kyiv. Image - An exhibit hall in the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine in Kyiv. Image - An exhibit hall in the Museum of Historical Treasures of Ukraine in Kyiv.


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