National Museum Taras Shevchenko

Kyiv, Ukraine

National Museum Taras Shevchenko in Kyiv is dedicated to the life and work of the painter and national poet, Taras Shevchenko.

The museum and its collection originated as part of an initiative by friends of Shevchenko to preserve his legacy shortly after his death. By 1897 the collection had grown and it was collectively transferred to the Museum of Ukrainian Antiquities, which was later merged into Chernihiv Historical Museum (uk). In 1926 the Shevchenko Institute in Kharkiv was founded, which became the home of the collection, and an initial Taras Shevchenko Museum operated as a section of the manuscripts department of the Institute.

In 1939, the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR decided to fund a major retrospective exhibition, and by 1940 the decision was made to found a central museum commemorating the artist. This exhibition was hosted at the Mariinskyi Palace and opened in 1941, but closed during the Second World War, with some works evacuated to Novosibirsk during the German occupation.

The museum opened in a specially converted building on 24 April 1949.


The collection comprises over 72,000 objects, including works of art and archival material. Works from the collection have been loaned to museums in Latvia, Russia and the Czech Republic.

The museum exhibits works by famous painters, sculptors, writers and composers from Shevchenko's period, who are connected to his life and work. These include: Karl Bryullov, Mykhailo Derehus, Ivan Jishakevych, Vasyl Kasiyan, Fotij Krasyzkyj, Ivan Kramskoi, Mikhail Mikeshin, Ilya Repin, Mykola Samokysch, Ivan Soschenko, Vasily Sternberg, Karpo Trochymenko, Vasily Tropinin and Konstantin Trutovsky. Sculptors in the collection also include: Peter Kapschutschenko, Peter Clodt von Jürgensburg, Vladimir Beklemishev and others.



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Founded: 1949
Category: Museums in Ukraine

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Yury Zavadsky (5 years ago)
Museum dedicated to the most famous Ukrainian poet and painter Taras Shevchenko. You can find there a number of original artworks and manuscripts.
Valeriya G. (5 years ago)
The best way to get knowledge about great Ukrainian poet and artist Taras Shevchenko. Can’t imagine such a big collection and incredibly huge space for the museum. I recommend to take an excursion with professional guide.
Pavel Sh (5 years ago)
Well exhibition, if you want to know something about history, this way for you. Cost 30ghr or 1€
Tamta Gogitidze (5 years ago)
Nice museum, but would recomennd taking a guided tour, walking on our own and referring to descriptions was not very informative
Yevhenii Kizim (6 years ago)
It's situated in old buildings from imperial time, and it's in very good condition. Most of exhibition consist of Shevchenko's paintings, but I think about half of it are just copies, because originals are in Lviv. But there are also many original works of him and his "gang". Museum is big and very cheap — only 15 UAHs with student id. Even if you don't like galleries and museums, you can just look at old architecture from inside.
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