Strategic Missile Forces Museum
Strategic Missile Forces Museum
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Stephen M
57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
Once in a lifetime opportunity to explore a genuine Soviet strategic nuclear ballistic missile base, including pressing the launch button in the decommissioned command centre.

We booked with our host Elena before we visited Ukraine by email (elena-smerichevskaya@yandex.ru) and she was wonderful!! Elena was super helpful and knowledgeable, booked our minibus seats from Kyiv, and gave us a personal tour of the site. Thoroughly recommend booking with Elena!!!!

If you are meeting the minibus at Demiivka market in Kyiv then recommend leaving yourself extra time to get there (find it), as it is not so easy to find. It is diagonal to the KFC/McDonalds on the other side of the E95 junction behind the pharmacy. The old market is no longer there so it is not obvious.
Written 3 January 2022
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Mark Lanz
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
My friend and I decided to take a tour to the Strategic Missile Forces Museum with SoloEast during our time in Kyiv recently. I can highly recommend the tour to history-buffs, and anyone interested in visiting a decommissioned Soviet missile site.

It is a long drive to Pobuz'ke, about three hours, but is well worth the effort. As well, if you have not seen the rural areas of Ukraine, the drive is very picturesque and fascinating.

Our guide at the museum and site was Elena, who was simply brilliant. She was very friendly, and immediately put us at ease. She did a great job of explaining the museum and the missile base, and the actual tour of the missile silo control room was sobering and exciting at the same time. Elena set the perfect tone throughout, and her tour was educational and interesting, She truly knows her subject.

I highly recommend Elena, and SoloEast and their tours from Kyiv.
Written 28 October 2021
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Carlo L
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
One of the coolest museums I've ever been to!! Being inside an actual nuclear command center, pressing the infamous launch buttons, and even climbing onto fighter jets, tanks, and other vehicles. So unique!!

I didn't even need to book an outrageously expensive English tour from Kiev. A local English-speaking tour guide, Elena, coordinated local transportation for me from Kiev, and constantly checked in with me to ensure I had no questions. Her tour was very informative and fun to listen to, as well.

I highly recommend her services for an English tour - contact her at +380 95 200 7578. :).
Written 21 August 2021
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StefanMayak
Ingolstadt, Germany274 contributions
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June 2021 • Solo
While traveling in Ukraine, I decided to make the trip from Odessa to Kiew a bit more exciting and stop by this unique museum.
Beforehand I got in touch with Elena, to figure out the best way to go there with public transport and she even made sure I got a seat in the bus, going from Odessa to Pervomaysk. We met there and she had already arranged a taxi to take us to the museum, where we then started the tour. The site is very interesting and at the same time awe inspiring, when learning how powerful and obliterating these weapons actually are. Elena knows everything about this site and never failed to answer one of the many questions.
After the tour we walked to the highway and she made sure I got on the previously arranged bus to Kiew.

The site itself is great, but going there with Elena makes it even better!
Written 10 June 2021
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valeriverano
Kyiv, Ukraine726 contributions
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July 2020 • Couples
The distance from Kyiv is not exhausting. Amazing museum, must see! Visit the control room, press the launch button.
Interesting, informative, visiting this museum you forget about time. All information is on the website. Enjoy the visit!!!
Written 9 August 2020
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Бритва О
Kyiv, Ukraine253 contributions
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June 2020 • Family
One of the 5 former soviet nuclear rocket base in that region. As it is a museum, you can easily enter and see the base from the inside. Former soldiers will be your guide and tell you all the stories about the stories and rocket industry in soviet union. Of course you will need a translator, as all of them speak only Russian/Ukrainian.

As unique option you can go to the underground bunker, where the rockets should be launched. Also you can pay extra money and even ride a tank

A great Cafe is present on the territory, so you can try some truely original dishes from Ukrainian cusine.
Written 11 June 2020
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Lizara K
Seoul195 contributions
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Dec 2019
This museum is not the easiest place to reach, but it's absolutely unique and a very worthwhile expenditure of your time and money if you're at all interested in military or Soviet installations.

Like everyone else who writes about this in English, I have to recommend the services of Elena, the dedicated English-language guide for the museum, whose contact information can be found in Lonely Planet (online as well; just search for it). Tours from Kyiv with the major tour companies are very expensive unless you have a large group, but Elena can offer you a driver at a better rate or can help you take the marshrutka out there if you want to do it on a budget. She was very informative in the museum as well and is clearly passionate about the museum and helping people learn the history.

The museum itself is dated with many displays that we barely had time to browse. English translations of these would be a very welcome addition, although it's worth taking a tour even if you can read Ukrainian for the added information you get. Pushing the button to "launch" the missiles is an unforgettable experience. The vehicles and missiles on display outside are also in great condition for their age and fun to walk around, even if they seem more abandoned than set up for an exhibit.

One thing to note is that this isn't for the claustrophobic as the elevator and the control rooms are extremely cramped.
Written 8 December 2019
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Mike Campbell
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The area is still a bit under developed, but it has that very "authentic" feel because of it - it's not touristy or glitzy at all. Sadly much of the display is outdoors, and will invariably deteriorate, but with a bit of luck you an get your photo taken on top of a missile silo blast door, or riding a fighter-training plane..... thanks Elena! :D

TBH for me the missile museum was a bonus - my visit was to get a ride in the old IS-3 heavy tank they have there - costs a fortune, but where else are you going to do that?? :)

I had a very comfortable trip from Kiev
Written 1 September 2019
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gazzamuppet
Farnham, UK438 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019
A very unique experience to see a decommisioned Soviet missle base. Satan missle on display. Go down into the control room and go through a launch procedure. Well worth visiting,
Written 28 August 2019
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champkis
Dublin, Ireland1,694 contributions
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Aug 2019 • Friends
We visited this museum whilst on a 'Penguin travel' tour of Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus which meant transport was included and sorted for us. The museum is very remote but so worth visiting. It was incredible to go inside the underground underground control unit for the silo and to learn about the missiles. The tour was really well done and so interesting. This was a real highlight!
Written 24 August 2019
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