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o discover the capital with all its colorful places and landmarks, you don't necessarily need to have a hefty sum in your wallet. From ancient monasteries to modern art centers, we've gathered the top free places in Kyiv worth visiting.

Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra

One of Europe's main sanctuaries, a remarkable historical and architectural landmark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site—the Kyiv Orthodox monastery complex Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is completely free to visit for several days a year. Here you'll find numerous ancient monuments, museums, exhibitions, caves with the relics of saints, and beautiful views with extraordinary panoramas of Kyiv.

All these attractions of Lavra can be visited for free on January 1st, April 18th (International Day for Monuments and Sites), and May 18th (International Museum Day). Also, you can enter the territory of Lavra with visits to active temples for free on the Twelfth Holiday and Easter. And simply attending services in the Refectory Church and the Dormition Cathedral is possible whenever they are held.

  • Address: 15 Lavrska Street.

Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra

15 Lavrska St, Kyiv

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PinchukArtCentre

The famous, luxurious, and always interesting PinchukArtCentre is an international hub of contemporary art in Kyiv, where you can visit trendy exhibitions of world art for free. Moreover, it's right in the heart of the capital.

PinchukArtCentre is one of Europe's main art centers. Here the works of the best artists of our time have been exhibited—Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, Jeff Koons, Antony Gormley, Mariko Mori, and others. Pinchuk's exhibitions are events of global significance. For example, "Reflection" brought together for the first time in the world works by 18 of the best authors of the 21st century.

  • Address: 1, 3–2 Baseina Street.

Pinchuk Art Centre

1 / 3-2, Velyka Vasylkivska / Basseynaya street, Block A, Kyiv

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America House Kyiv

Cultural free events in Kyiv are regularly held by America House. Everything here works for the creative development of visitors—lectures, exhibitions, film screenings, as well as various opportunities for creative experiments. Here you can take part in debates, presentations, seminars, discussions, or English language lessons.

The biggest highlight of America House is that you can even get progressive equipment for creativity for free. In the Maker Space center of technical innovations, anyone interested can, for example, use a 3D printer.

All you need to visit is your documents.

  • Address: 6 Mykoly Pymonenka Street.

America House Kyiv

6 Mykola Pymonenko Street

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Apple Museum

Modern technology worthy of its own museum—of course, that's Apple. But visiting its exhibition in Kyiv is currently not worth it.

One of the youngest and most unconventional museums in Ukraine is the museum with dozens of extraordinary exhibits from the legendary brand. Here you can not only see autographed Apple gadgets but also, for example, try out all existing iPhones from the first to the latest.

Apple Museum

42 Khreschatyk Street

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Andriyivsky Descent with a transition to Vozdvyzhenka

The historical live postcard of Kyiv, Andriyivsky Descent—one of the oldest streets in the whole of Europe—is a museum street, a cinema street, an art street. Here you will see the peak of Ukrainian Baroque, the Andriyivska Church, a square with sculptures by Ivan Kavaleridze, Richard's Castle, over 200-year-old buildings, galleries, and paintings just outdoors. In total, there are over 20 architectural and historical landmarks on the descent.

All this beauty smoothly transitions into the newest development—Vozdvyzhenka Street. Though it's new, it's no less artistically finished.

Andriivs'kyi descent

Andriivs'kyi descent, Kyiv, Ukraine

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Vozdvizhenska street

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Landscape Alley

Another place in Kyiv where you can immerse yourself in art for free. Landscape Alley is a work of art in itself. Fountains shaped like elephants, a 30-meter mosaic cat-centipede, a bench in the rabbit's mouth, The Little Prince from the French Cultural Center, angels on huge pillows, a fountain of "loving zebras". Here not only every bench is a sculpture, but even the trash cans are creations of modern artists.

Moreover, the views of Podil from here are stunning. And new stairs with LED lighting along the railing lead to Andriyivsky Descent from Vozdvyzhenka. Interestingly, they are installed on the descent that Kyivans have been using for over a thousand years.

  • Address: 2 Volodymyrska Street or between buildings 36 and 40 on Velyka Zhytomyrska Street.

Landscape Alley

Landscape Alley, Kyiv

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St. Nicholas Church

This is one of the most significant architectural landmarks in Kyiv, created by the globally renowned Ukrainian architect Vladyslav Horodetskyi. The building in neo-Gothic style is truly impressive and stands out from all the architecture of the city, especially in terms of its interior.

For a long time, the church served both as an active place of worship and as the House of Organ and Chamber Music. Currently, you can attend Roman Catholic services here for free.

  • Address: 75 Velyka Vasylkivska Street.

St. Nicholas Cathedral

75 Velyka Vasylkivska St, Kyiv

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Kyiv: Free museum visits

Moreover, anyone interested can visit most of Kyiv's prominent museums for free at least once a month.

The National Museum of the History of Ukraine in World War II—every last Tuesday of the month, Hanenko Museum—every first Wednesday, Ivan Honchar Museum—every last Friday, Museum of Hetmanate—every last Saturday, National Museum of Ukrainian History—every last Monday.

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Ivan Honchar Museum

19 Lavrska St.

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Hetman's Museum

16Б Spaska St

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Earlier, we wrote about 7 new bookstores in Kyiv that are definitely worth visiting.

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