The National Museum of the History of Ukraine illustrates Ukraine's history from ancient times till nowadays. The museum, under different names, was located in various building in Kiev throughout its history, starting from 1899. The present building is located in a prominent position in historic Volodymyrska Street in Kiev. Designed by architectJoseph Karakis, it was built in 1937-1939 to house the Shevchenko State Art School. In 1944, the art school moved and the building became the National Museum of the History of Ukraine.
Exhibitions on display include: ethnographic material, archaeological items including a significant collection of Scythian art, historical paintings and sculptures, numismatic collections, early printed books, etc.