The Ukrainian Museum is the largest museum in the U.S. committed to acquiring, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting articles of artistic or historic significance to the rich cultural heritage of Ukrainians. The fine arts collection consists of some 2,000 paintings, drawings, graphic works, and sculptures by noted Ukrainian artists who worked in Ukraine, Europe, the United States, and elsewhere, primarily in the 20th century.
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Key Programs and Projects
The folk art collection, with more than 8,000 objects, is one of the most important collections outside of Ukraine. It features wedding and festive attire from various regions of Ukraine, ritual cloths (rushnyky) and kilims, and a broad selection of richly embroidered and woven textiles. This unique collection also includes ceramics, metalwork, and decorative wood-carved objects from the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition, the Museum holds an impressive collection of pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter eggs.
The fine arts collection consists of some 2,000 paintings, drawings, graphic works, and sculptures by noted Ukrainian artists who worked in Ukraine, Europe, the United States, and elsewhere, primarily in the 20th century.
The Museum’s archives boast more than 30,000 items – photographs, documents, the personal correspondence of noted individuals, playbills, posters, flyers, and the like, all documenting the life, history, and cultural legacy of the Ukrainian people. The history of Ukrainian immigration to the United States, which dates back to the late 1800s, is chronicled in the Museum’s rich collection of archival photographs.
The Museum offers a wide range of public programming throughout the year, including gallery talks, lectures, conferences, symposiums, concerts, and book presentations focusing on Ukrainian culture and society.
Popular offerings are workshops in traditional Ukrainian folk arts, such as embroidery, decorating pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs), Easter and Christmas holiday baking, and making traditional Christmas tree ornaments. The Museum has also introduced a program of documentary and feature films (many by rising filmmakers) that expand on exhibition themes, current events, or visually articulate Ukrainian culture. Workshop fees start at $15 (adults) and $5 (children.)
Special Programs for Youth
Children may often participate in Museum workshops (see Learning Opportunities section.)
The Ukrainian Museum also offers school programs, K-12, intended to inspire students to create, and connect to art while also developing critical thinking skills. Email the Education Department firstname.lastname@example.org, to reserve a program. Teacher materials are available upon request. Participation fees average $5-$10 per participant.
Special Programs – Other
The Ukrainian Museum offers guided tours of current exhibitions for groups of 10 or more. Tours must be reserved at least 2 weeks in advance. School groups must be accompanied by at least one chaperone per ten students. Costs vary between $3 for children and students to $9 for adults. To reserve a tour, please call 212-228-0110 or send an e-mail to email@example.com
Free or Discounted Admissions
The Ukrainian Museum offer discounted rates to students and seniors. Children under 12 and Museum members are free. Admission for adults is $8. The Museum operates from 11:30am-5pm.
Individuals interested in contributing regular hours to the Museum are welcome to submit their resumes via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. A basic working knowledge of Ukrainian is a requirement; fluency is preferred. In your cover letter, state the reasons for your interest in volunteering at the Museum, describe your particular skill set (art historian, journalist, computer geek, museum enthusiast, etc.), and the days/hours per week you would like to commit to the Museum.
Physical and other Access information
All public areas of the Museum including classrooms and workshops are accessible by wheelchair, and all public floors of the Museum can be reached by elevator. Restrooms on the Main Floor (street level) and Lower Level are accessible to those with mobility impairments or in wheelchairs. A wheelchair is available for visitor use on a first-come, first-served basis.