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Strategic Missile Museum

strategic missile museum ukraine
During the Cold War, 176 nuclear missile launching silos were located at missile bases across Ukraine. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, under the 'Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty' (START) agreement with the USA, they were all demolished ... all except one ...
That one remaining complex was turned into the 'Museum of Strategic Missile Troops' (aka the 'Nuclear Missile Museum') which Lonely Planet Ukraine considers "arguably Ukraine's coolest museum".

The museum is maintained by ex-missile troops officers, who double up as tour guides (but none speak English). The museum comprises the Command Post, and one of the ten missile silos that the base used to control, complete with surface buildings and underground connecting tunnels.

Once through the main gates you wait for your guide. On the way to the first building is a decommissioned P-12 'Sandal' missile of the type that used to be stationed here, with its guts extracted and mounted on plinths either side of the path.

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strategic missile museum ukraine - rocket
The first building houses a display of various military equipment and medals, and an exhibit about the WWII origins of the Strategic Missile Troops. Also on display is the Control Room equipment, and a sleeping compartment that were installed in the Command Post. In true Ukrainian style, our cheerful guide ushered me under the rope barrier to sit in the Command seat, keys in my right hand, left-hand finger on the launch button

There is also a model of the shock-proofed, self-contained silo-based 12-storey Command Post, which could function sealed from the outside world for 45 days at a time.

Your guide will then lead you to a massive 10-warhead SS-18 'Satan' ICBM parked outside (in fact there weren't any SS-18s stationed at this missile complex, it only housed fairly harmless 3-warhead short-range missiles trained on western Europe)
strategic missile museum ukraine - satan

Rocket engine part
rocket engine part
cruise missile

strategic missile museum ukraine
strategic missile museum ukraine
strategic missile museum ukraine

The nuclear missile museum is around a 2.5 hour drive from Kiev city centre. The tour includes your entrance fees and return transfers.

strategic missile museum ukraine

strategic missile museum ukraine
strategic missile museum ukraine
strategic missile museum ukraine

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