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The Ukrainian Museum, founded in 1976 by the Ukrainian National Women's League of America (UNWLA), is located at 222 East 6th Street between Second Avenue and Cooper Square in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, and claims to be the largest American museum dedicated to the cultural heritage of people from Ukraine. Until 2005, the museum was located at 203 Second Avenue, between 11th and 12th Streets. The new building was designed by Ukrainian-American architect George Sawicki of Sawicki Tarella Architecture + Design in New York City, and was funded principally by the Ukrainian American community.
The museum's collection falls into three primary groupings, "folk art", which includes festive and ritual attire and other items of clothing, ceramics, metalwork and carved wood items, as well as Ukrainian Easter eggs (pysanky); "fine arts", including paintings, drawings, sculptures and graphic works by noted Ukrainian artists such as the primitive artist Nikifor, Mykhailo Moroz, Vasyl Hryhorovych Krychevsky, Mykhailo Chereshnovsky, Alexander Archipenko, Alexis Gritchenko, Oleksa Nowakiwsky, Ivan Trush, Jacques Hnizdovsky, Liuboslaw Hutsaliuk, and Edward Kozak, among many others; and items documenting the history and cultural legacy of the Ukrainian immigration to the United States, including photographs, personal correspondence, posters, flyers and playbills, stamps and coins.
Ukrainian Museum Reviews
My tour of the Ukrainian museum took about an hour. However, the images and some of the things I learned will stay with me much longer than a one hour visit. I really appreciated the art of Mikhail... more »
This is a nice, small museum that has a very peaceful feel to it. I was staying in the area and decided to finally check it out. Unfortunately, I didn't check the website, and didn't realized that.... more »
This is an excellent small museum. As of April 2019, the main gallery on the first floor has an exhibit of Ukrainian history (the struggle for independence circa 1917-1921), the second floor exhibit covers Ukrainian Easter eggs and wooden churches, and the basement gallery has exhibits on traditional hats and head coverings as well as an interactive art display. There are bilingual exhibit labels throughout the museum. The small gift shop has a nice selection of books and other items. I definitely enjoyed the 75 minutes I spent here.
If want to have a new experience on a week day, this place is a most especially getting a souvenir from the gift shop.
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