Museum of folk architecture and rural life in Lviv
While exploring this museum, each visitor will be able to travel in time – and it will deepen, at least in the two hundred year history of Ukrainians’ existence, and in space – in just a few hours “will bypass” almost all of Western Ukraine, will visit both the plain and the valley, even on mountainous reliefs, will familiarize with the peculiarities of ethnographic regions or historical and ethnographic groups: Boykivshchyna, Lemkivshchyna, Hutsulshchyna, Bukovina, Pokuttya, Podillya, Transcarpathians, Lviv region.
The Museum of Folk Architecture and Life in Lviv named after Clementy Sheptytsky is one of the largest museums in the plain of Europe. There are 110 memorials of folk architecture restored here. Whether a hut under a straw arm, a barn of a wealthy peasant, or a mill, or over a century old school, each object is unique both from the point of view of the interested specialist and the visitor who wants to know more about the material and spiritual culture of Ukrainians.
When traveling through the Museum, the visitor gets into a kind of “microvillages” with farmsteads, economic and production objects (oil, tartar, apiary, etc.), sacred buildings (churches, chapels), the collection of which, incidentally, is the largest in the world.
The highlight of recent years is that “Skansen” is working on the concept of a “living museum”: almost on every object there are presentations of ancient crafts and workshops. Straw-weaving, weaving, squeezing of oil, blacksmithing, baking bread, playing folk musical instruments – this is just a small list of attractions, with which visitors are amazed by folk masters and guardians of traditions and comfort in the Museum.
The annual mass ethnographic and theatrical events taking place in the Museum attract the attention of a large number of people (Lvivites and not only) and leave unforgettable impressions of direct participation in Christmas, Easter, Kupala celebrations, international festivals and mysterious night excursions.
More than 21,000 exhibits are stored in museum holdings – collections of clothing and fabrics, furniture, musical instruments, ceramics, jewelry, icons, church paraphernalia, and early printed matter, which is a fundamental component for organizing thematic exhibitions, presentations, forums and conferences. At the Museum there are at least six exhibitions that will satisfy the cognitive interest and aesthetic taste of any visitor.
The museum is always open for various mass events (concerts, festivals), provides venues for video filming, actively engages in charity events.
Authentic architecture and colorful, seasonal landscapes are attractive to guests at any time of the year, and the attractiveness and professionalism of the museum staff will not leave any visitor indifferent.