The Andrey Sheptytsky National Museum in Lviv is one of the most distinguished national art and culture treasuries in Ukraine.. Its proud repository houses over 175, 000 objects that signify the major attainments of Ukrainianian culture as an integral part of the world’s spiritual and artistic treasury. Among the Museum’s highlights is the rich collection of Ukrainian ecclesiastical art from 12th – 18th cc. A priceless collection of icons from the 14th – 18th cc. (over 4 000 objects). The museums ‘V collection includes valuable canvases by many distinguished Ukrainian artists: Taras Shevchenko, Kornylo Ustyianovych, Teofil Kopystynsky, Mykola Murashko, Serhiy Vasylkivsky, Fotiy Krasytsky, Petro Levchenko, Kiriak Kostandi, Oleksandr Murashko, Mykola Ivasiuk, to name but a few.
The Museum was founded by Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Andrey Sheptytsky in 1905 as a “Church Museum”, (with a private foundation status). Due to the rapid development of the foundation and enlargement of the collections, the foundation was renamed “The National Museum in Lviv” 1911. On December 13th, 1913, the opening ceremony of the National Museum in Lviv took place and the founder pronounced its donation to the Ukrainian people. Under the patronship of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky and owing to the diligent efforts of the first Director, Professor Ilarion Sventsytsky, the Museum developed into a renowned European art institution.
In December 2005, in commemoration of the centenary of the Museum’s establishment it was given the name of its founder –– THE ANDREY SHEPTYTSKY NATIONAL MUSEUM IN LVIV.
Since its foundation in 1905, the Museum has remained the focus of national cultural and spiritual activity, playing a leading role in the public life of Western Ukraine. It hs become the focus to which the prominent cultural, church, political figures, and scientists turn their keen attention.
The spacious exhibition rooms highlight the iconic collections pieces of Ukrainian art of the 12th – early 20th cc. Illustrating the evolution of the national culture over a span of nine centuries. The exhibition of “Ukrainian art of the 20th century” is presented at the Historical Complex of the Andrey Sheptytsky National Museum in Lviv located in 42, Drahomanova Street. The departments of the National Museum in Lviv include the following: You are welcome to the Memorial Art Museums of Ivan Trush, Oleksa Novakivsky, Olena Kulchytska, and Leopold Levytsky that were. Previously they were created dwellings and art studios of these famous Lviv painters. Another department of the NML is situated in the town of Chervonohrad, Lviv Region, the Sokalshchyna Art Museum greets Oblast
Attendance to the Andrey Sheptytsky National Museum in Lviv is rapidly growsing reaching the point of over 150,000 visitors yearly. The Museum serves as the major spiritual and artistic resource for the entire Western Ukraine and plays host to over 100 regional, national and international exhibitions and other art events annually. It continues to fulfill its mission as a leading center of scientific and educational activity in Ukraine.