The National Museum of Taras Shevchenko
Address: T. Shevchenko boulevard, 12
Phone: 0(44) 224 9087
The idea of establishing Taras Shevchenko’s museum appeared just after his death. Trying to preserve the poet’s creative heritage, the members of the Ukrainian community in Petersburg apply every effort to fulfill that. Over the years the museum has become one of the greatest centers of the national culture in Ukraine.
The Central State Museum of T.G. Shevchenko was opened at the Mariinsky Palace in April 1941, based on the National Exhibition held in 1939 in honour of 125th anniversary since the poet’s birth.
Now it is called The Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko Museum and it is located on Boulevard of Taras Shevchenko in Kiev. The museum has 24 halls containing over four thousand items, among which you can see the unique values: original artworks by Shevchenko, documents about his life and work, handwritten lists of his poetry, rare photographs of the poet and his friends, first editions of his works. In addition, here are Shevchenko’s personal belongings: his ink and pen, easel, palette, sketch-book, snuffbox, and others. The relics of museum are collections of poems with poet’s autographs and inscriptions as well as the publication of «Kobzar» 1860.
The exhibition is divided into three main themes: «The Fate», «The Muse» and «The Glory». The poets’ fate begins with a record of his birth in the register, and a portrait by painter Karl Brullov, at the cost of which the freedom was bought. The second theme brings together a poetic and graphic heritage of Shevchenko; this is the most expensive national shrine of the Ukrainian people. The «Glory» theme collects materials which immortalize the memories of Shevchenko.
Not far from the National Museum of Taras Shevchenko there is Shevchenko Literary-memorial Museum. This museum was opened for visitors on November 10, 1928. The idea of its creation belongs to the architect V.G.Krichevskyi, who has carried out the design of the house-museum.
This exhibition shows the climate of the house during three visits of Taras Shevchenko in Kiev and his living in this house in 1846. The museum exhibits Shevchenko’s personal belongings of: artistic and carving devices, «Kobzar» published in 1860 with poet’s presentation inscription, linen suit and shirt, which Taras’ sister Yarina gave him. Internal arrangement of the rooms, furniture, studio and garden are specially designed to be complied with the spirit pf the time when the poet lived and worked in this house.