Our Collections

We have been building our library, archival and artifact collections since the 1930s. Our collection includes Ukrainian schoolbooks, records from some prominent Ukrainian Canadians, and extensive textiles, as well as numerous other items. Click HERE to learn more.

The Gift Shop

The Museum's Gift Shop is a popular area for our guests to browse with its large variety of authentic Ukrainian clothing, giftware and books. Whether visitors are from far away or local residents, there is a gift, souvenir or personal item for everyone. Click HERE to learn more.

 
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Posted by umc
2016-03-01
On April 26, 1986, the greatest ecological disaster of our time unfolded with the explosion of reactor four at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The resulting fire sent a plume of highly radioactive fallout into the atmosphere and over much of Europe. The nearby town of Prypyat was completely evacuated. Long-term effects are still being accounted for.

A temporary concrete "sarcophagus" was built to enclose the reactor to prevent further release of radioactive material to the environment. Chornobyl's three other reactors were subsequently restarted but all eventually shut down for good, with the last reactor closing in 1999. With the stability of the sarcophagus in question work began in late 2006 to replace it with a new arch-shaped steel structure which would slide across the existing structure and last at least 100 years.

Today, some 700 individuals still inhabit the area - having refused to leave their homes. The site has evolved from a disaster zone into a nature reserve. A recent study found a relative abundance of elk, roe deer, red deer and wild boar - with population rates similar to those found in four designated, and uncontaminated, nature reserves in the region; the number of wolves is more than seven times greater than can be found in comparable nature reserves.

The World is watching with trepidation that it shall never again bear witness to an environmental and human disaster that is ‎Chornobyl‬.