Museum of Unnecessary Things – Kyiv, Ukraine - Atlas Obscura

Museum of Unnecessary Things

A Kyiv-based repository for all manners of discarded curiosities. 


Kyiv’s Museum of Unnecessary Things (also referred to as the Recycled Materials Museum and the Museum of Antiques) breathes new life into jettisoned objects. This is where trash is given a second chance, treated as treasure off the beaten path.

For those who seek an alternative museum experience, the Museum of Unnecessary Things in Kyiv exhibits junk, for lack of a better word, free of charge.

From old sunglasses to dusty instruments and rusting machines, the Museum of Unnecessary Things displays an untold number of odds and ends, though according to City Card, over one million items have made their way to this unusual attraction since it opened in 1943.

If old boots and crusty tools don’t pique your interest, this peculiar locale also houses a few once-groundbreaking historical inventions; including the world’s first vacuum cleaner, a gramophone, and the prototype of an early walker.

Know Before You Go

The museum is fittingly located on the grounds of the Kievgorvtorresurs recycling plant.

The museum is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. You need to see the friendly security guard to get let in. 

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