If you have any interest in Ukrainian people, art or culture, this museum — which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year — is a must-visit!
There has been a strong Ukrainian presence in the East Village ever since the wave of immigration in the late 19th century, making it a perfect location for a museum celebrating all things Ukrainian.
The museum’s collection is divided into three main categories: fine arts mostly from the 20th century (paintings, drawings, sculptures), folk art (embroidered textiles, ceramics, traditional clothing), and archives (posters, photographs). There’s even an entire room dedicated to pysanky, traditional hand-painted Easter eggs.
The staff is extremely passionate about preserving and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of their country. From the majestic golden frames hanging on the soft grey walls to the way the light hits each artwork perfectly, it’s obvious that the museum’s directors have put great care into organizing the space.
There are various lectures and workshops offered throughout the year (embroidery classes, pysanky decorating, learning about Ukrainian Easter traditions) that can be found under the “Education” section of the museum’s website.