Taras H. Shevchenko
Museum & Memorial
1614 Bloor St. West
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
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
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
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.
March 9, 1814 - March 10, 1861
The Taras Shevchenko bronze statue that disappeared from
Memorial Park in North Oakville, Ontario in 2001 was found
intact in Hamilton in November, 2011.
Shevchenko Memorial Park, owned and operated by the Taras
Museum and Memorial Park Foundation, is devoted to the Ukrainian
poet Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861), artist, humanist, and founder
of the modern Ukrainian language, twice celebrated as a cultural
leader of world acclaim by UNESCO. The Foundation also operates
a Taras Shevchenko Museum, located at 1614 Bloor Street West,
The beautiful bronze statue of the sitting poet, sculptured
in Ukraine by the renowned sculptor Ivan Honchar, was a gift
from Ukraine to Ukrainian Canadians. The sculpture arrived
in Canada in the 1950s and was erected on a concrete pedestal
near the first Shevchenko Museum in the Shevchenko Park in
Oakville. The statue, which is valued at approximately $25000,
disappeared from its pedestal in September 2001.
Police investigation at the time was unsuccessful in solving
In November, 2011, an antique dealer from Hamilton, Ontario,
offered to sell the statue to the Shevchenko Museum. He didn't
know the statue
was previously stolen. It evidently went through several hands
coming into the possession of the antique dealer.
It is planned that the statue become an exhibit in the Shevchenko
Museum in Toronto from March 9, 2012 to commemorate 198th
anniversary of Taras Shevchenko's birth.
Shevchenko Museum on UkeTube.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Become a Volunteer
We welcome new volunteers interested in participating in any aspect
of museum operations: visitor hosting, publicity, mounting exhibitions,
storing exhibits, general maintenance, etc... more...
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
Taras Shevchenko Death Mask