3. Ukrainian Museum
The Ukrainian Museum, located at 222 East 6th Street between Second Avenue and Cooper Square, is considered the largest American museum dedicated to Ukrainian culture and history. The East Village museum was founded in 1976 by the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America and was previously located at 203 Second Avenue. The firm Sawicki Tarella Architecture + Design led the new building’s design, largely funded by Ukrainian Americans.
The museum is known for its folk art, fine arts, and artifacts detailing Ukrainian immigration to the U.S. Among the museum’s folk art are ritual clothing, Ukrainian Easter eggs, metalwork, and traditional ceramics. Paintings and sculptures on display were created by some of Ukraine’s most accomplished artists, including Nikifor, Vasyl Hryhorovych Krychevsky, and Alexander Archipenko. Photographs, flyers, and letters detail the long journeys of thousands of Ukrainians to the U.S. through Ellis Island. Currently on display is The Impact of Modernity, In Bloom: Nature and Art, and Finding Sanctuary During the Pandemic. An Installation by Christina Saj. The museum has compiled a list of organizations accepting donations.