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Lviv's Museums

Lviv is not only a city of open-air museum, but also a city of museums. In Lviv about 60 museums and 33 galleries.
Generally, museums are open every day 10 in the morning until 6 in the evening.  On Mondays, many museums are closed.

Historical Museum: 4.6.24 Rynok Square

Nowadays the Lviv Historical Museum, one of the richest museums of Ukraine, has in the stock more than 310 thousand museum objects. Among the rarities there are encolpions* - assembled crosses for keeping little parts of relics of the saints. There are seventy five of them in the collection. Painters of different times left for us the views of the prince and medieval town.
The Lviv Historical Museum exhibition is situated in the following premises: - The Ancient World and the Middle Ages department - 24, Rynok Square. - The New and the Latest History department - 4, Rynok Square. - Historical Jewellery department and Exhibition of Art Silver -6, Rynok Square. - Arsenal Museum department - 5, Pidvalna Street - Sale exhibition of subjects of religious purpose - 5, Pidvalna Street (the socle). 

Arsenal Museum: 5. Pidval'na Street

The Arsenal was part of Lviv’s 16th-century Renaissance-era defense architecture. The present building was erected in 1554–56. It’s attached to the city walls and formerly served as a place for producing weapons and in the 17th century it also housed a torture chamber.
Today the Arsenal contains a museum of arms and weapons of the 13th – early 20th centuries from nearly 40 countries.

Postal Museum in Lviv
2 Rynok Square

Lviv Postal Museum is the first such museum in Ukraine.
In 1629, Italian Roberto Bandinelli, grandson of the famous sculptor Baccio Bandinelli, bought a house number 2 at Market Square and, according to the contract with the council of Lviv, established themselves here in Lviv first permanent post office. The museum is open to the 10 th anniversary of making the central part of the city in the list of world heritage by UNESCO

"Literary Lviv of the first half of the 20th century" Museum: 18. Hvardiys'ka Street

Lviv Art Gallery: 3, Stefanyk Street

With 24 halls and more than 400 works from leading French, Italian, Austrian, German, Russian, Polish and Ukrainian masters, this is the largest and arguably finest art museum in Ukraine. You can see the works by Titian, Georges de La Tour, Francisco Goya, Illya Repin and other world-renowned artists.
The collection of Polish art is unmatched outside of Poland. Pieces in this collection date from the 16th to 20th centuries and include impressive works by leading 19th century masters Artur Grottger and Jan Matejko. The pride of the museum, two world art masterpieces, is Georges de La Tour’s “Payment of Dues” and Tiziano Vecellio’s “Portrait of a Man”. The halls on the first floor regularly host thematic exhibitions.

"Rusalka Dnistrova" Museum: 40. Copernicus Street

Museum of Art of the Ancient Ukrainian Book: 15a, Copernicus Street

Museum of Lviv Ancient Relics: Starvi Rynok Square

Boims Chapel Museum: I, Katedral'iia Square

Pinsel Museum: 2. Mytna Square

In 1996 in the former Poor Clares Church there was opened the Museum of Lviv Sacral Baroque Sculpture "Johann Georg Pinsel Creative Work". The museum's exposition consists of 32 exhibits representing art of European and world level.
At the end of the 1750s Georg Pinsel created the sculptural ensemble on St. George Cathedral in Lviv, worked in Lviv St. Martin Church, in Monastyrys'ka in Ternopil region. The sculptor's creative work is a remarkable phenomenon in the history of Ukrainian and moreover - the world culture. He created the original heritage which had no equal in Europe of the mid-18th c. and formed Lviv baroque sculpture school (about 40 masters).

National Museum in Lviv: 20, Svobody Avenue

The Andrey Sheptytsky National Museum in Lviv is one of the most important national art and culture treasuries in Ukraine. It was founded by Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky in 1905 as a private formation under the title of the “Church Museum”. Its collection was constantly enriched and in 1911 the Museum was given another name – the National Museum in Lviv.
At present the Museum is one of the largest centers of save-keeping, study and promotion  of  Ukrainian art  heritage in Ukraine and in the world  (over 150 000 items).

O. Novakivs'kvi Art Memorial Museum: 11. Lystopadovyi Chvn Street

O. Kulchyts'ka Art Memorial Museum: 9,Lystopadovyi Chyn Street

I. Trush Art Memorial Museum: 28, i. Trush Street

Museum of Ethnography and Art Crafts: 15, Svobody Avenue

Furniture and Porcelain Museum: 10, Rynok Square

Museum of History of Religion: 1, Muzeyna Square

The collection of icon paintings consisting of over 1,000 works includes some real masterpieces – the 15th-18th-century icons of Halychyna school. The fund collection of sculpture contains some of the best samples of Lviv plastic art of the 17th-18th centuries. 
An important place among the museum’s funds is held by the collection of old printed books numbering about three thousand items. Among them there are Korans and theological texts of the 15th-19th century as well as the most remarkable collection of the 17th-20th-century Torahs – the sacred books of Judaism. 

Pharmacy Museum: 2, Drukars'ka Street
Pharmacy Museum located at the corner of Stauropegiyska and Drukarska Streets. This building was constructed in the 17th century. On the facade of the building you can see two bas-reliefs. They depict Aesculapius, the Greek god of medicine, and his daughter Hygiene, the Greek goddess of health. 

Lviv pharmacists were first mentioned in the chronicles in the 13th century. Constance, the wife of prince Leo, founded a hospital and a pharmacy at the Monastery of the Dominicans. The pharmacy in this building was set up in 1735 by a military pharmacist Natorp. The Museum was opened in 1966. It has more than 2.000 items, including vessels, scales, instruments and manuscripts. 

Museum of History of Galicia Medicine
3. Karmelyuk Street

Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life (Shevchenkivsky Hay): 1, Chernecha Hora Street

Lviv Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life is an open-air museum containing 120 monuments of folk architecture including six wooden churches. Hardly any museum in the world can boast so many religious buildings. The open-air museum is located on a 50-hectare land plot in the picturesque part of the city - Shevchenkivsky Hay (Shevchenko Park). Unbelievably beautiful wooden houses and churches of the past ages create a genuine atmosphere of Ukrainian villages from different regions of the country - the lands of Boykos, Lemkos, Hutsuls, as well as Bukovyna and the Transcarpathian Region. In dwelling and utility houses you will find items of everyday use and farm implements. The churches, chapels and belfries have an authentic look.
The territory of the Museum is divided into 8 exposition sectors – “Boikivshchyna”,“Lemkivshchyna ”, “ Gutsulshchyna ”, “Bukovyna ”, “ Podillya ”, “Polissya ”, “Lvivshchyna ”, “Volyn” which are to represented ethnographical and historico – geographical zones of the Western Ukraine .
Today the museum exhibits 124 monuments of folk western region of Ukraine.

State Natural History Museum: 18. Teatral'na Street

The State Natural History Museum of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Lviv is one of the oldest and richest in scientific naturalistic funds among the museums of Europe. The funds of the museum which amount to about 500 thousand museum sub-jects constitute its basis. Collections and separate natural relics of the world importance are kept there.
The collections of meteorites, amber with the inclusives, exhibits of found in ozocerite mines of Starunya village (The Pre-Car-pathians) mammoth and woolly rhinoceros with preserved internal organs, a gigantic fossilized mollusc ammonoid (about one metre in diametre), unique palae-ontological collections from the Cambrian to the Quarternary period, stuffed mammals and their horns, stuffed birds and birds' eggs, the richest collection of albinos, all flora of the west of Ukraine, ferns from Brazil, collections of regional and tropical beetles and butterflies and many others are among them. The most valuable in the funds of the museum are monographically described samples. Palaeontology alone includes about 850 types of the world scientific catalogues. The museum collection was being formed by hundreds of investigators of nature for almost two hundred years.
Last year after more than 20 years, the most visited museum in Lviv was open again. 
The museum’s first exhibition, “Travel to The Past”, showcases two artifacts that have special value of all the artifacts currently housed in the museum – the remains of a wooly rhinoceros and mammoth, both of which were found in 1907 at an ozokerite mine located in the pre-Carpathian region near Starunya village.

Zoological, Mineralogical and Geological Museums of Lviv University: 4. Hrushevs'kyi Street

Archaeological Museum of Lviv University: 1, Universytets'ka Street

Archaeological Museum attached to the Institute of Ukraine studies: 24, Vynnychenko Street

S. The Solomiya Krushelnytska Musical Memorial Museum in Lviv: 23. S. Krushelnytska Street

S. Lyudkcvych Musical Memorial Museum: 7. S. Lyudkcvych Street

I. Franko and M. Hrushevs'kyi Literary-Memorial Museums: 150 152 154.I. Franko Street

Museum of History of the Pre-Carpathians Military Area Forces: 88, Stryis'ka Street

Museum of Ancient Graphic Techniques: 8, Yu. Drohobych Street

Museum of Metrology and Measuring Instruments: 38, Knyaz' Roman Street

Museum of History of Lviv Railway: 54/56. Fcd'kovych Street.

Municipal Museum of Lviv Modem Art: 1, Rynok Square (Town Hall)

The first Museum of brewing in Ukraine:  18 Kleparovkaya Street

Lviv is home to Ukraine’s oldest known brewery. In 2005 on the brewery’s 290th anniversary one of its old storage vaults was redecorated into a beer hall that became the Brewing Museum. The museum’s collection presents the history of brewing in Lviv and features ancient beer bottles, beer mugs from all over the world, beer barrels and books with beer recipes that date back to the 19th century; all exhibits are all labeled in English. Your admission fee includes a short film about the oldest brewery in Ukraine and a beer tasting (for those over 18, of course).

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