Unfortunately, the original Museum, including its valuable collections,
was destroyed by arson in September 1988, and in December 2006,
the 3-metre bronze Shevchenko statue was stolen.
Today's Museum, unique in the Western world, is similar in size to the original, but has amassed collections far superior in size, quality and variety, including extensive research materials.
These efforts, and the ongoing cultural work of the Foundation are entirely financed by personal donations from our friends and supporters.
The central focus of the Musem are exhibits dedicated to the art,
life and literary legacy of the founder of the modern Ukrainian
language. On display are many editions of his Kobzar (poetry), just
some of the over 120 in the Museum's collection.
As well, the Museum has artistic copies of Shevchenko's creations in many genres, all of professional museum quality,
specially commissioned in Ukraine for this Museum.
Not all the exhibits available are on display at any one time,
but are rotated on a regular basis to correspond with various themes from the life and work of the Bard of Ukraine.
Shevchenko has twice been celebrated as a cultural leader of world
acclaim by UNESCO.