The Ukrainian East

“The Ukrainian East” is the name of new museum project, created with the support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation. It’s a story about the current Russian-Ukrainian war, about the valor and sacrifices of the patriots who defend the sovereignty of Ukraine against the aggressor in its eastern territories, about the population who suffers, survives, struggles, about the socio-humanitarian problems caused by fighting and temporary occupation.

The project is the result of almost six years of activity of the museum team, which covers the events of this war in thematic exhibitions, educational and communication events since 2014. Only artifacts. Innovative solutions. Real emotions.

We invite you to get acquainted with it.

Ukraine. Unfinished War ...

Why does the memory about the Second World War still bother us? The answer is a new exhibition project “Ukraine. Unfinished War ...”. Its concept is to show with the museum objects the difficult path to independence of Ukraine, to look at the past events of Ukraine not through the prism of certain political preferences, but through documents, evidence and factual information.

Structure and emotional content of the exposition contribute the colored solution. The dark red color (like blood) accompanies the narrative of the events on the fronts of the First and the Second World Wars, in which Ukraine became the epicenter of the bloody fighting. The history of the Ukrainian nation was written during the military confrontation and political upheavals. The grey color represents the state of the ordinary person, who is outside the laws of morality and humanity.

Art installations contribute philosophical reading of the presented materials.

We invite you to see the exhibition. Entrance ticket lets you visit it.

“War. Facets”

The museum presents a unique scientific and popular edition "War. Facets".

This edition demonstrates the versatility of the Second World War on the Ukrainian lands by highlighting its individual marker problems. With the help of authentic museum objects from the collection of the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War it reveals the complex and painful realities of the global conflict which put people on the edge of survival in conditions of ruthless wartime. This is a journey into the world for which neither the scientific community nor the political elites or ordinary people have produced an adequate vocabulary.

The edition contains nine thematic sections that help to find answers to a seemingly simple questions: what is the war and what are its results, what does person feel while experiencing a war?

The presented edition is the result of the creative efforts of the entire team of researchers who persistently collected materials in numerous search expeditions, studied them, attributed them and then selected artefacts which revealed the facets of war best of all.

The book is intended for everyone who is interested in the history of Ukraine in the Second World War. It speaks to the reader, teaches understanding and reconciliation with a complex past.


PortraitsUA is a new educational museum project. It is aimed at the historical and international rebranding of the Ukrainian dimension in the Second World War through the study of personal stories of people who contributed to the fight against totalitarianism, defended democratic values and civic convictions; embodied the ideals of peace, humanism, tolerance.

The theme of the session in 2018 is "Ukrainians - Saviors and Righteous Among the Nations ". These people risked their own lives and the lives of their relatives,but saved Jews during the Second World War.

Participation in the project involves the preparation of historical research (portrait) of the persons of the current session using archival materials, oral memoirs, documentary materials. Presentation of works - on the website of the project, as well as on thematic events, exhibitions, in the media.

We invite all interested persons to participate. Information on the project website

New Digital Collection

The work of filling of e-collections continues. The creation of the second digital collection «Official Archive of Andrii Myhalevych» has started. It consists of 20 artifacts; altogether it will include 234 museum objects.

Andrii Myhalevych («Kos», «Denys», «13»). Since May 1946 he has been a guide of the Starovyzhivskii district (rayonny) wire of OUN (Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists), since April 1947 – guide of the Starovyzhivskii overdistrict (nadrayonny) wire of OUN. Since 1949 he has been the deputy guide, assistance of the Security Service of the Kovel district of OUN in the North-Eastern Ukrainian territories. In 1951 he died as a result of special operation of the tactical group of the Ministry of State Security.

The collection has mass of originals of 1943 – 1950. According to their topic and sort they are divided in four main groups: the normative and personal documents, the accounts, the popular educational editions of the Main UPA Command. Permanent location of content – here.

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