Want to learn more about the country that your Ukrainian lady hails from? If you are planning a visit to New York City, set aside a day to explore the Ukrainian Museum. The museum is located in Manhattan’s East Village, and is the largest museum in the United States that is dedicated to preserving and educating Ukrainian culture.
The museum was founded in 1976 by the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America. In 2005, it moved to a state of the art facility designed by Ukrainian-American architect George Sawicki. The new building includes spacious galleries and areas for public programs.
The museum has a collection of over 2000 fine art pieces, 8000 folk art objects. There are over 30,000 items in the museum’s cultural archives, including posters, playbills, 18th century maps, silver coins, and other objects that tell the tale of Ukrainians’ daily lives.
Curious students of Ukrainian history and culture can even get a hands-on education at the Ukrainian Museum. Throughout the year, the museum hosts public workshops on Ukrainian holiday baking, pysanky decorating (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) and traditional Christmas ornaments. You can also go to the museum for lectures, concerts and films. This is also a great place to increase your understanding of the Ukrainian language – all of the museum’s guides are written in both English and Ukrainian.
Check the museum’s website or newsletter to learn about events throughout the year. Your Ukrainian lady will be touched to learn about your efforts to discover her native country.
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