Taras Shevchenko Museum of Canada
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Taras H. Shevchenko
Museum & Memorial
Park Foundation

1614 Bloor St. West
Toronto, Ontario
M6P 1A7
Tel: 416-534-8662
Fax: 416-535-1063


The Taras Shevchenko Museum mission is to popularize the life and work of the Bard of Ukraine, Ukrainian culture and the contribution of Canadians of Ukrainian descent to the social, economic and cultural life of Canada.

The Museum exhibits are dedicated to the art, life and literary legacy of the founder of the modern Ukrainian language Taras Shevchenko, who has twice been celebrated as a cultural leader of world acclaim by UNESCO.

Taras Shevchenko, Ukraine's greatest poet, artist and champion of his people's freedom was born a serf in the village of Moryntsi, Ukraine. Though orphaned by the age of 11, his talents developed early.

While studying art in St. Petersburg, he became known to the democratic intellectual elite of Tsarist Russian society and was bought out of serfdom through their efforts. Although free, he never forgot his roots and his fiery poetry, such as in the Kobzar, published in 1840, drew the ire of the repressive Tsarist regime. For this, he was exiled in 1847 to punitive military service in the eastern regions of the Empire. After receiving a pardon in 1857, he continued to work and struggle until his death.

Taras Shevchenko
March 9, 1814 - March 10, 1861

Ukrainian Folk Tapestry Exhibit, November 1 - December 15, 2015

On Sunday November 1, lovers of traditional handicrafts will have the opportunity to attend the opening of a Ukrainian Folk-Tapestry Exhibit, hosted by the Taras Shevchenko Museum in Toronto. Passed on from generation to generation, the art of weaving, one of the oldest-known forms of textile production, was widely practiced among Ukrainians. Working on vertical and horizontal looms, weavers manipulated colourful wool, flax, hemp, and cottons yarns to create kilims (rugs), hangings, furniture-covers, runners, ritual towels, garments, and accessories. These objects of incomparable beauty, incorporatedby Ukrainians into their daily lives, performed numerous practical, utilitarian, social, ceremonial and purely decorative functions. Woven cloth embellished and insulated the interior of the home, figured prominently in celebrations, rituals and rites of passage, denoted social standing, and protected the wearer from the elements as well as from evil spirits. On display, at the Shevchenko Museum, are early to middle 20th century examples of folk tapestry-woven artifacts based on Ukrainian traditional designs.

The exhibit, to be held at the Taras Shevchenko Museum, 1614 Bloor Street West (East of Keele), opens on Sunday, November 1 at 3:00 pm with a wine-and-village-style reception and will run to December 15, 2015.  Opening remarks will be delivered by Larissa Stavroff.  Entertainment will be provided by “KalynDar” – Ukrainian Village Voices.  And if you wish to practice your tapestry-weaving skills, a textile artist will be on hand to guide you. 

Although admission is free, donations are greatly appreciated.


Ukrainian Cross-stitch Embroidery Workshop #2 at the Taras Shevchenko Museum, November 8, 2015, 11 am to 1 pm

Natalie Mochoruk, a Ukrainian embroidery expert, offers a free workshop in the Ukrainian Cross-stitch Embroidery on November 8, 11 am to 1 pm at the Shevchenko Museum, 1614 Bloor St W. Toronto. Materials provided. Kids Friendly. All ages welcome! Donations appreciated. Call 416-534-8662 to register.





A major Shevchenko book was published by the Taras Shevchenko Museum in Toronto. It celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great poet Taras Shevchenko on March 9, 2014. The project, started in 2010, resulted in a book with a selection of fifty poems in Ukrainian, English and French.

Canada has created more Shevchenkiana than any other English speaking country. Translators include C.H. Andrusyshen & W. Kirkconnell, A.J. Hunter, John Weir, Honore Ewach, Florence Randal Livesay, and Mary Skrypnyk, Also the scholarly works on Shevchenko by Prof. George Luckyj of the University of Toronto are a valuable resource in English. The book KOBZAR (Minstrel in Ukrainian), will be a hard bound deluxe edition with gold stamping. Among the poems included are Dumy Moyi, Hamaliya, Dumka, Subotiv and Ivan Pidkova. A facsimile of Zapovit (Testimony), a great Shevchenko poem translated into almost 150 languages of the world, will be included.

Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861) established the beauty of the modern Ukrainian literary language. Shevchenko was not only a genius as a poet; he was also a talented artist who painted portraits as his profession. The book includeS 16 color pages of paintings by Shevchenko including his self-portraits.

Hard cover, 231 pages. Price: $40.00

To order please call (416) 534-8662 or email: shevchenkomuseum@bellnet.ca



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Shevchenko Museum on UkeTube.
Short Video Tour

Shevchenko Museum is presented on UkeTube.

A short video tour - introduction to the Shevchenko Museum in both Ukrainian and English languages, as well as a slide show of the Taras Shevchenko monuments around the world are available on UkeTube - Ukrainian Video. Video was prepared by William Szuch.

See the entire playlist (5 videos)....

"First Wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada, 1891 - 1914"
Taras Shevchenko Museum's Project on virtualmuseum.ca

Taras Shevchenko Museum's Community Memories project, that was done in conjunction with Virtual Museums Canada is successfully completed. "First Wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada, 1891 - 1914" is now on the Virtual Museums Canada website. You can find it here.

The exhibit contains stories of first Ukrainian settlers to Canada. The exhibit also includes visual materials, like photos, brochure covers and flyers which is especially helpful for students who write projects on Ukrainian immigration to Canada. This virtual exhibit is also useful for children, teachers, scholars, educators and community workers.

See the exhibit....

Prints of Taras Shevchenko Watercolours are Available

Prints of Taras Shevchenko's watercolours are available at the Shevchenko Museum. These exclusive quality prints would be an excellent gift for Shevchenko art lovers. Prints are not framed. Delivery is possible. To see the prints.

Museum's Hours of Operation

The Museum is open to the public Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm and Thursdays 12 noon to 7 pm. The Museum is available for group and school class visits by appointment. Please call 416-534-8662 or fax 416-535-1063. Admission is free, although donations in support of the work of the museum are gratefully appreciated. How to reach us.

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Collection of Ukrainian handicrafts and folk art
First Ukrainian Immigration to Canada
Shevchenko Stamp Collection
Quick Facts on Shevchenko Biography
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The son of a serf, Shevchenko became not only an artist and academician of Saint-Petersburg Academy of Art, but one of the most versatile people of 19th century. His paintings and graphics reflect a refined world that did not resemble his own life...(more)

Taras Shevchenko Death Mask


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