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.

 

About Our Collections 

The artifact and archival collection of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada is very diverse. 

Irreplaceable artifacts such as clothing, linens, tools, books, photographs, documents and other treasures were collected from the first, second and third waves of Ukrainian immigrants to Canada. Textiles-including shirts, weavings, and embroidery-make up the bulk of our collection. The museum houses one of the largest collections of ethnic textiles in North America. 

We also have thousands of pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs), religious items, wooden carvings, postoly (shoes), clothing and beadwork such as coral necklaces. 

Many of our items are over one hundred years old, and were brought from Ukraine by the first immigrants. 

Currently, the Ukrainian Museum of Canada Archival and Artefact Collections are not open to researchers. We are diligently working at updating our collections database using Virtual Collections software. We plan to input all the accession records onto the computer, and then begin new accessions and acquisitions processes. 

Please visit our galleries to see a sample of our collection, and come back here to see updates on our progress and our discoveries.

What's Happening in Our Collections ...


How to make a Pysanka
Posted by umc
2018-03-29
Follow UMC Collections Administrator Khrystyna as she shows how to make a Pysanka from start to finish! https://www.facebook.com/CBCSaskatoon/videos/1861246437254157/ Thanks to CBC Saskatoon for livestreaming the process. #umcyxe @CBCSaskatoon #pysanka
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Pysanka demo on CTV
Posted by umc
2018-03-29
CTV Morning Saskatoon visited UMC to get hands on experience making a Pysanka. Go to this link: https://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1359665 Thanks to CTV for visiting!
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Recent donation
Posted by umc
2017-11-21
This treasure is a Five Roses cookbook circa 1915. All recipes were 'carefully checked and re-checked by competent authority.'
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Donation of rare stamp collection
Posted by umc
2017-11-07
UMC was recently gifted with an antique and contemporary Ukrainian and Armenian stamp collection, the largest of its kind ever received by UMC. These historically significant stamps were issued from 1914 ? 2014. This plate depicts regional costumes of Ukraine.
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New acquisition
Posted by umc
2017-10-10
UMC has just been gifted with an oil painting by Ukrainian artist Ihor Hapon. It depicts the area of Dzembronia in the Karpaty mountain region. Dzembronia is one of the highest mountain regions of Ukraine where it is said the clouds are born and where Lesia Ukrainka came searching for inspiration.
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A wonderful donation!
Posted by umc
2017-10-03
UMC has just received a collection of hand woven items of clothing, antique coins and other family treasures. The weavings are examples of Bukovyna handwork from settlers around Smoky Lake Alberta; circa 1895.
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A gift to the Museum
Posted by umc
2017-07-14
We were gifted with this exquisite hand-painted Rospys plate from a group of visiting Ukrainian parliamentarians who were visiting the city. A beautiful addition to our collection.
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A new acquisition
Posted by umc
2017-07-05
Showing close-up details of an embroidered Rushnyk. The linen fabric is cross stitched with 'Дoбрий день' - 'Good day'. It's always a good day at UMC!
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Recent acquisition
Posted by umc
2016-06-06
UMC was recently gifted with this acrylic on paper work by artist Paul Sisetski; titled ?The Main Bout?
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Krawchuk collections moves to main Gallery!
Posted by UMC
2011-11-08
Select pieces from the fabulous collection of Leonard Krawchuk have been incorporated in the main gallery of the Museum. The collection of photographs and artifacts are a wonderful addition to our permanent display!
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Leonard Krawchuk's exquisite collection returns!
Posted by Tatiana Makowsky
2011-05-04
Leonard Krawchuk has been collecting photographs, books, jewelry, ceramics, metal work, paintings, textiles, weavings, leatherwear, woodwork, and festive clothing of Ukrainian origin for over forty years. His love, knowledge and passion for the historical value that each item holds are testament to the spirit of generations of his ancestors and to the very depth of his soul. These are not just "antiques" or "costumes". These artifacts each have a heart and a soul and this we must never forget.
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Christmas at the Museum 4
Posted by Georgina Souter, MLIS
2011-01-05
The Carolers Caroling is a very important tradition in Ukraine. It is usually done between Christmas and New Years. Kolidaky are sung for Christmas and Shchedrivky are sung around New Years. The lead caroler carries a star, which is elaborately decorated for the occasion. If you listen closely, you may be able to hear a choir singing right now.
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Christmas at the Museum 3
Posted by Georgina Souter, MLIS
2010-12-29
Traditionally, ordinary objects are transformed during the Christmas season. Much thought and work highlight how Ukrainian Canadians transform old into new as each generation celebrates the season by making the traditions their own. The First Star The eldest boy looks out the window for the first star. Once it is seen, the meal may start, but not a moment sooner!
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Christmas at the Museum 2
Posted by Georgina Souter, MLIS
2010-12-22
Religion, food and family are a central part of Ukrainian Christmas traditions. Here is a brief overview of a few of our traditions. The didukh (see picture) is the Ukrainian name for the wheat sheaf in the corner of the house. It is the home for the spirits of the ancestors for the season and is made of the very best wheat of the harvest. It is also known as Grandfather.
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Christmas at the Museum
Posted by Georgina Souter, MLIS
2010-12-15
Christmas is a very special celebration for Ukrainians and Ukrainian Canadians. Many traditions and rituals are observed, and each aspect of Christmas has a special meaning. Everyone is wearing their best clothes and the house has been cleaned top to bottom for the day, although all spider webs are left untouched. Legends about the generosity of spiders at Christmas mean they are not to be disturbed.
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Heart and Soul Of A Collector: Leonard Krawchuk
Posted by Georgina Souter, MLIS
2010-06-18
Leonard Krawchuk has been collecting everyday and unique items of Ukrainian origin for over forty years. Though he currently resides in Winnipeg, he has graciously allowed us, the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, the privilege of presenting his collection to you here in Saskatoon.
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Satisfying a Volunteer's Curiosity
Posted by G. Souter, MLIS
2009-12-09
The museum's online catalogues are coming along very well with the help of our steady volunteers. These are the volunteers that come in weekly to input information from the paper forms into the computers' databases. Thanks to their steady work, the Collections database has over 7,000 records and the Library database has over 6,000.
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Pass the Borshch!
Posted by J. Staniec
2009-06-15
Bringing lunch to work has recently become popular again in Canadian society, but it has been around for a lot longer than the latest recession. One of our more unique artifacts in the museum is a traditional Ukrainian lunch pail. It has two compartments, one for the soup and one for the bread.
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