“Zirka Polyn” Museum is open to the visitors of the Exclusion Zone

As previously reported, (, from March 15, 2018, in Chornobyl city, a museum "Zirka Polyn", created for the 25th anniversary of the Chornobyl accident, was opened for the visitors of the Exclusion Zone.

"Museum "Zirka Polyn" is a place which everyone who has come to the Exclusion Zone must visit. The museum became a place of reflection on the past and future of mankind, a place of memory. It has a very interesting exposition, very strong emotional impact on the visitor. Though, whether you want it or not, you feel and ponder," – after a long break the first visitors share their impressions of the museum - representatives of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine.

The interior of the museum is the memories of the catastrophe in symbolic compositions, as well as its consequences and life of the Exclusion Zone after 25 years after the accident. With the help of modern technical means, a world of associations, memories, reflections and dreams has been created. There are no stands, shop windows and clear compositional schemes in the museum's exposition, but it is frankly visible that there is a premonition of the explosion of the energy system in space and time to which you join, becoming part of the exposition itself. According to Anatolii Haydamak, the author of the project, People's Artist of Ukraine, the winner of the National Award named after T.H. Shevchenko, the visitor faces the live truth of the real action as soon as the symbolic frame of the dosimetric control crosses and stops to the platform under whose glass the reactor is located. Here the apples roll, cradles and birds fly, photos scatter... Each element of the interior of the halls has an emotional load - the floor, ceiling and walls are included in the exposition space.

From the symbolic cover of the reactor, upholstered with thermal conductor element (the main structural elements of the active zone of the nuclear reactor, in which there is nuclear fuel), children's cradles. It symbolizes the unborn souls and souls of sick and deceased children.

The museum itself is decorated with images of storks, which symbolize the tragedy of Polissia.

Reference information
The organization of the reception of foreign and domestic delegations in the Exclusion Zone is carried out by the State Enterprise "Center for Organizational, Technical and Information Support for the Management of the Exclusion Zone" (SE "COTIS"). Visits to the Exclusion Zone are only allowed if the rules of radiation safety are being followed and the recommendations of the person accompanying the visitors on trips are observed and there are no deviations from the established route during the travel.

Visits to the Exclusion Zone are regulated by the "Procedure for visiting the exclusion zone and the zone of unconditional (mandatory) resettlement". The document can be found on the official website of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management (SAUEZM) under the link.

Visits are organized and conducted solely on the basis of visiting programs, which are approved by the SAUEZM management.

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