One Street Museum Death Mask Collection – Kyiv, Ukraine - Atlas Obscura
One Street Museum Death Mask Collection is permanently closed.

One Street Museum Death Mask Collection

The largest collection of death masks in Ukraine. 


The One Street Museum in Kyiv, Ukraine has over 7,000 exhibits rich in historical content and priceless antiques. Among the museum’s many fascinating attractions is its extensive death mask collection. Director of the museum, Dmitry Shlyonsky, has traveled the world collecting authentic death masks of prominent writers, musicians, and historical figures.

The museum now contains approximately 30 death masks including figures such as Leon Trotsky, ballerina Anna Pavlova, Isaac Newton, and Australian bushranger Ned Kelly. Along with the death mask themselves, the One Street Museum also displays the work of eminent sculptor Sergey Merkurov who is known for his revolutionary work in death mask art.

Update December 2018: The masks were part of a temporary exhibit and as of November 2018 were no longer there.

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Death masks are in the room to the left of the museum after you've passed the ticket desk. The rest of the museum is through the door to the right.

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