Kyiv’s Museum of Natural History in Films

By Olena Lysenko; Video credits: Люди кіно
Jan 20, 2020

National Museum of Natural History has served as a location in a new Ukrainian comedy “My Thoughts Are Silent”. It’s now out in cinemas. You can watch it with English subtitles at cinema “Kino42” (11, Kostiantynivska St).

film review

Twenty-five-year-old Vadym works as a sound recordist. When a generous job offer comes along which could help him fulfil his dream to move to Canada, he doesn’t think twice and sets out to record the sounds of animals in the Carpathians. The situation proves somewhat more complicated when Vadym’s companion on the trip turns out to be his mother…

“My Thoughts Are Silent” directed by Antonio Lukić is a colorful road movie with deadpan humor and great soundtrack. The story can hit home for those who’s struggling to make a living in the creative industries. The character of the mother, portrayed by a great Ukrainian actress Irma Vitovska can give you a little insight into everyday family life, Ukrainian-style. We promise, the scene that features Spice Girls’ “Viva Forever” will make you emotional.

The film was premiered in Karlovy Vary’s East of the West section and picked up the Special Jury Prize.


Kyiv’s National Museum of Natural History was established in 1966. It includes five museums: Geological, Paleontological, Zoological, Botanical and Archaeological. The museum is housed in a former Saint Olga gymnasium for women, that was built in 1914–1927 in neoclassicism style. During World War I the building was used as a hospital.

We recommend you to visit this museum. One of our favorite exhibits are the bones of the mammoths!

The museum is open from Wednesday to Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday to Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.


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