MUSEUMS OF VERHOVYNA: AMAZING UNIQUE CULTURE

MUSEUMS OF VERHOVYNA: AMAZING UNIQUE CULTURE

Verkhovyna (formerly Zhabye) and Verkhovyna district is the center of ancient Hutsulian culture, which automatically turns this region into an interesting place with historically and culturally significant sights. In addition to beautiful scenery along the mountain paths, acquaintance with the authentic and colorful life of the local residents, we recommend you to visit the museums of Verkhovyna.

Verkhovyna (formerly Zhabye) and Verkhovyna district is the center of ancient Hutsulian culture, which automatically turns this region into an interesting place with historically and culturally significant sights. In addition to beautiful scenery along the mountain paths, acquaintance with the authentic and colorful life of the local residents, we recommend you to visit the museums of Verkhovyna.

ROMAN KUMLIK”S MUSEUM OF FOLK MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

This is a relatively young museum, opened in early 2000 in a family mansion. There are a huge collection of musical instruments which has been collected by Roman Kumlyk for 35 years. In addition to the musical instruments, there are tools and household items, old clothes of the Hutsuls, banknotes and other symbols of Hutsulian culture. The original feature of the museum is that the guide is the daughter of a collector – Natalia Gudzak. Natalia plays the lyre, violin, drymba and other folk instruments and know many interesting stories from her father.

LOCAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM OF HUTSULZHINA

It is a must for those who are interested in Ukrainian culture. In the 2-storey building there are 2 exposition and 3 exhibition halls. There are also looms, garments, church books with records of the registration of newborns, periodicals in Hutsulian dialect and many other spiritual and material values of Hutsulshchyna.

MUSEUM “EMBROIDERY”

This is a private museum of Galina Ivanovna Verkhovinka, who created and creates authentic things with love and warmth, keeping the secrets of life of people of the Carpathian region. In addition to wide variety of Hutsulian embroideries, there are master classes on tying a Hustka (handkerchief)- the national headdress of local women.

MUSEUM “HATA-STAYA”

The original cheese factory was opened in 2014. The highlight of the institution is cooking budz. This cheese is cooked on an open fire, as our ancestors did in ancient times. Also fermented cheese (gledge) is cooked in a special cauldron. Visitors not only see how to prepare food in this Hutsulian region, but they also try this delicious, fresh cheese.

MUSEUM OF “HUTSULIAN MAGIC”

In the heart of Hutsulian culture – Verkhovyna village- is one of the most original museums of the region. Here local magicians – molfars retain ancient knowledge from their ancestors. Having visited the institution, you not only learn the main legends about molfars but also you can see special things for their magic rituals. Also, guests of the Hutsulian Magic Museum have a special spiritual experience. Only in Verhovyna you can experience such magic.

HATA-GRAJDA

8 km from Verkhovyna in the village of Krivorivnya there is a Hata-GRAJDA – a traditional Hutsulian dwelling. It traditionally has a closed courtyard with detached wooden buildings. An entrance gates are closed at night, it is a protection from outsiders, strong mountain winds and predators. Excursion can be accompanied with an interesting story about every single thing in the Hata, therefore we recommend to visit this location with a guide.

MUSEUM OF IVAN FRANCO

Krivorivne also has a memorial house where Ivan Francko, an outstanding Ukrainian writer and public figure, lived and worked for 8 years. Here, the furniture he used – a table and a bed, various memorial things, located in 5 rooms of the museum. Of particular interest are the mixer, the folding chair of Kotsyubinsky, the Hutsulian stove with decorative ceramic tiles. This settlement was the place of the writer’s annual vacation, where he collected local folklore, studied the culture of the region. Now, any holidaymaker in the Carpathians and Verkhovyna can visit the historically significant place of Ukraine.

MUSEUM OF MIKHAILO GRUSHEVSKY

The village of Krivorivnya is famous for another remarkable museum – the estate, where Mikhail Grushevsky lived before the First World War. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the first president of Ukraine and an active public figure rested annually in this place. The house of Grushevsky itself was not preserved – it was burnt down in 1917, but in 2003 a museum was opened in a new house nearby. Here are some objects of everyday life and interesting biographical documents. Another reason to visit it -colorful views behind the house.
Visiting any of these museums in Verkhovyna and Verkhovyna district is a great opportunity to learn the unique culture and historical heritage of the region.