The Literature Museum at the Archives -- I couldn't go in, however, and as there was only a guard speaking Russian I couldn't quite catch why. I think it was because at most of the museums in Kyiv you must go only on a tour, and there were no English tours...I think. In any case I peeked down a hall and then left. :)
Kyiv is really a city of monuments and parks! There are monuments everywhere, often of political or artistic characters. I found Bulgakov's house and statue:
Those of you who've read The Master and Margarita can imagine my feelings when I stepped out of the museum and was greeted by this green-eyed black cat, who then scooted under a fence:
My visit to the Bulgakov house was fascinating. I showed up at 10:15 one morning, the guide book having said they opened at 10. I forgot about Ukrainian time. The door guard wasn't even there yet, but the door was at least unlocked. I went inside and found a lady who I then asked about English tours (which the guide book also assured me were possible). She knew what I wanted but did not speak English, and my Russian of "Please", "Thank you", and "Excuse me" did not assist. But she did call someone. After a few minutes a tall, calm woman appeared. I greeted her happily -- "Hello! You speak English?" She paused, and then said, "No. Mais je parle français." At that, I considered my French, and weighed it against my desire to see inside this museum. Remember, at most museums you can not go in without a tour guide. So, that is how I ended up having a personal tour of Bulgakov's house, in Kyiv, in French. It was great!
Panikovsky is a comic character created by Russian writers Ilf and Petrov and was known in the book as a blind beggar, famous before the October Revolution, who worked at just this place, asking people to take him across the street and picking their pockets in the process.