Famous Museums in Odessa

The museums in Odessa give the very essence of its citizens and rich culture. If you are looking for something deeper and more meaningful, head to the museums in city. Explore the cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical side of Odessa with these museums.
We have curated a variety of the best and free museums in city, besides the usual arts or historical ones. Explore and engage yourself with the wonders of science at the museum of science in Odessa. Get fascinated by the exceptional stories of heroes at war museums or memorials. You can go wow with your kids at the Natural history museums or enjoy some time at children's museums in Odessa.
Check out this list for an entertaining and enlightening trip to the museums in Odessa.

Let's explore the finest collection of museums in Odessa:

  1. Secrets Of Underground Odessa Museum


    Beneath Odessa runs a network of old limestone tunnels, from which the building materials for 19th century construction projects were excavated. These tunnels, later expanded by smugglers, have not been fully mapped, and at about 2500 km in total length, are thought to be longest system of their kind. They reach about 60 meters below the sea and have three distinct levels. This museum tour imme...Read more
  2. Museum Of Interesting Science

    Science Museum

    This interactive science museum makes science seem magical and alive. Targeted at kids and families, it’s an intelligent and exciting collection of exhibits, experiments, shows (focused on chemistry, fire, electricity and intelligence technology) and workshops! Optical illusions, miniature clouds, anatomy, a cute cafe, a planetarium are among the most popular attractions here. The hall of...Read more
  3. Muzey Konyachnogo Dela Shustova

    Museum, Adults

    If you're a connoisseur of fine brandy this museum will captivate you. Opened in 2013, the museum has a beautifully appointed decor, with attention paid to the historical feel of the place. The exhibit at the museum focuses on the history of the Cognac brandy, its influence upon the drinking styles around the world, the method of its manufacture, and the role it plays in Odessa's identity. Natu...Read more
  4. Smuggling Museum

    4.4 (130 Votes)
    Smuggling Museum


    Not far away from the Opera Theatre, in the basement of a building, is a fun attraction. This small but highly intriguing museum uses of 150 historical artefacts to explore the history of smuggling in Odessa. Most of the artefacts focus on how things are hidden by smugglers. The sheer variety of hidey-holes they came up with is fascinating. It is said that the Smugglers of the city were among t...Read more
  5. Odessa Arts Museum

    4.6 (48 Votes)
    Odessa Arts Museum

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Sculpture

    Housed inside the historical Naryshkins’ Palace, this 1899 Museum is the premier art gallery of Odessa. With over 10,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, decoratives and prints, this is as comprehensive a collection of Ukrainian fine art that you will find anywhere. Most of the works are from the 16th to 17th century and include most of Ukrainian masters. There is also a healthy collectio...Read more
  6. Shevchenko Park

    4.6 (67 Votes)
    Shevchenko Park

    Museum, Park, Watch Tower, Stadium

    Also known as the Central Park of Culture and Recreation of Taras Shevchenko, this massive complex can take nearly half a day to see, more if you want to catch a match at the stadium. It was originally of Fort in 1795. After the Russell Turkish war of 1811 it was turned into a portside quarantine known as Serf’s Garden. The ruins of Fortress Hadzhibey and the Quarantine arcade (Powder Tow...Read more
  7. Muzey Geroicheskoy Oborony Odessy


    The museum was opened in 1975 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the country’s victory over Nazi Germany in the Siege of Odessa in 16 October 1941. The Museum is located inside the memorial complex which also consists of a large park, open air exhibits of military hardware, and a memorial that commemorates World War I soldiers. Check out the metal sculptures depicting the hero cities ...Read more
  8. Odessa Archaeological Museum

    Museum, Archaeological Site

    Established in 1825 this is the oldest archaeological Museum in the country. The building you see today was completed in 1883. Focusing its activities on expositions, research, and restoration, the museum has amassed a collection of 160000 archaeological artefacts from around the Black Sea region. It has a lovely collection of coins, with 50000 exhibits from antiquity including Greece, Rome, By...Read more
  9. Jewish Museum

    4.2 (143 Votes)
    Jewish Museum


    Once upon a time in the late 19th century and early 20th century Odessa had the 3rd highest population of Jews of any city in the world. Their contributions to the arts, sciences and culture, especially to the early development of cinema in Europe was significant. This museum focuses on this rich cultural integration with a collection of documents, photographs, news, religious apparel, musical ...Read more
  10. Muzeum Literatury

    4.5 (4 Votes)
    Muzeum Literatury


    The Literary history of Odessa is one of the greatest in the world. Accordingly, this is one of the largest museums in the world for literature. Founded in 1977, the museum is housed in the 19th century palace built by Ludwig Otto. The exhibits at the museum serve as a tribute to history and to the writers who contributed to this heritage. Over three hundred authors including Gogol and Chekov a...Read more
  11. Maritime Museum

    4.1 (12 Votes)
    Maritime Museum

    Museum, Military Museum

    Opened in 1965 this museum is for diehard maritime history fans only. It is not very large nor is it prominently advertised. Furthermore, it is located right between the two major attractions of the Odessa National Theater and the Odessa archaeological Museum.  The museum used to be a lot more popular but in 2005 there was a fire from which it has never fully recovered. The exhibits are fo...Read more
  12. Museum Of The Cinema

    4.5 (6 Votes)
    Museum Of The Cinema

    Museum, Specialty Museum

    Managed by the NUCU (National Union of Cinematography), this museum is located inside a mansion within the grounds of the state-run Odessa film studio. Its exhibits cover the invention of cinema, the history of film in Odessa, sets where famous movies were filmed, many shelves filled with a huge collection of film artefacts (apparel, hardware, furniture), historical articles and newspaper clipp...Read more
  13. Odessa Museum Of Western And Eastern Art

    Art And Culture, Museum

    The collections at this Museum don't really follow any theme other than to allow its visitors to compare and contrast historical movements in art in the eastern and western hemispheres. Founded in 1923 it is located inside a beautiful palace. Most of the Western collections revolve around Fine Art like paintings, sculptures, furniture, and porcelain. The Eastern wing artwork represents China, J...Read more
  14. Odessa Local Lore And History Museum

    History Museum

    Located in the mansion known as the "House of Novikov", the museum contains about 120,000 artefacts related to the history of Odessa and the surrounding region. It’s probably the first museum you should visit on your trip to the city. The Collection is diverse and representatives of various eras of the history of the city, covering the period from the 13th century to the present day. Thes...Read more
  15. Municipal O.bleschunov Museum Of Private Collections

    Art Museum, Museum, Exhibition , Specialty Museum

    Named after the founder of the museum A.V. Bleschunov, and located inside a 1832-Empire-style house by architect F.K. Boffo, this museum used to be A.V. Bleschunov’s own house, and where he kept his private art collection. These include Western European, Oriental, Russian, Ukrainian, and Odessa art. There's also a lovely collection of women's accessories and a collection of religious icon...Read more