The huge number of Kyiv museums includes truly unique ones that have no matches in any other city of the world. Located on the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra territory, the Microminiature Museum is definitely one of them. It is recognized as one of the most unusual capital museums, whose exhibits are visible only by microscope.
All works, exhibited in the museum, are true micro works of art, made by the extraordinary talented master Nikolai Siadristy, who is famous far outside Ukraine. He makes his tiny masterpieces, each of which is unique and inimitable, by hand with special techniques that he develops for each type of work. All of them amaze with unexampled mastery, precise implementation and, naturally, micro-size.
The most famous works that are exhibited in the Microminiature Museum and inevitably fascinate visitors are the world smallest working electric motor that is 20 times smaller than a poppy seed, Taras Shevchenko portrait, carved from the sloe stone, the smallest handwritten inscription (autograph left on the hair end) and balalaika in the tiny poppy seed.
Other works by Siadristy are no less impressive. For example, caravan of golden camels, easily placed in the needle's eye, illustrates biblical verity that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. The 0,05-millimeter-thick rose is made of hardened paint flakes removed from the old paintings and placed inside a human hair, skillfully polished to full transparency by the master.
The smallest book in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records - the famous Taras Shevchenko collection Kobzar of 0,6 mm size - is also kept here. Twelve pages with poems and pictures are sewed together with a cobweb, and tiny book's cover is made of strawflower petal. Nearby you will find a life-size flee made of gold and shod with tiny golden horseshoes and the smallest, less than 4-millimeter-long, violin in the world. There is also a fragment of Oginsky polonaise engraved with extremely high precision on chrysanthemum petal of 2х5 mm size.
Another amazing exhibit is 3,4-mm-long model frigate 'Scarlet Sails' consisting of - just think about it - 337 parts! Microminiature Museum's unique feature is that the master accompanied each work with poetry revealing its inherent idea.
Over his almost fifty-year-long career Nikolai Siadristy created about hundred original and unusual microworks and traveled all over the world with them, always arousing delight and admiration among spectators. Kyiv museum keeps the vast majority of master's works; another part of miniature masterpieces, created by the talented Ukrainian, is exhibited in the Microminiature Museum of Andorra and in the Moscow Polytechnic Institute.