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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Vernissage has its roots in the old practice of setting aside a day before an exhibition's opening for artists to varnish and put finishing touches to their paintings. This is a tradition that reportedly dates back to at least 1809, when it was instituted by England's Royal Academy of Arts. Sometime around 1912, the French term vernissage (literally, "varnishing") became popular.

The custom of visiting the academies during the varnishing day prior to the formal opening of the exhibition gave rise to the tradition of celebrating the completion of an artwork or a series of works with friends and patrons. In the twentieth century it became an opportunity to market or view works. Common usage now refers to a gallery display or art market that may include many artists, such as the very popular Vernissage in Lviv.

The Ukrainian Museum of Canada houses an extensive art collection, each artwork being a unique treasure in its own right. This will be the first time that many of these works have been shared with Museum visitors. With this exhibition we invite the viewer to take a glimpse into the magical world found in the Museum?s collection, the Museum?s very own vernissage.