Taras Shevchenko National Museum
The Taras Shevchenko National Museum was founded on the basis of the former Shevchenko Art Gallery in Kharkiv, and the Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian Historical Museum in Kyiv. The museum's collection is of unique value, comprised of Shevchenko's original works of art, documents relating to his life and creations, the copies of his hand-written manuscripts, rare photos of the poet and his friends, first printings of Shevchenko's writings, including his autobiography, almost all of the poet's published works, literature about him, beginning with that which came out during his lifetime, and with later and contemporary works from his homeland and that published in foreign lands.
Over four thousand exhibits are placed within the museum's 24 halls and rooms. There are over 800 original paintings, portraits, illustrations, etchings by Shevchenko, the poet's personal objects, photocopies of his manuscripts (26 oil paintings, 522 watercolours, pencil drawings and etchings, 166 memorial objects, 533 pieces of singular archival concerns, such as Shevchenko's autographs, and erection of Shevchenko monuments, and much more.)
The museum's book-fund consists of 34, 867 items, of which 8181 directly relate to Shevchenko. The works of artists-painters, sculptors, writers and composers, in which Shevchenko's life and creativity is reflected, are also featured in the exhibit halls. The art of: K. P. Briullov, I. Repin, V. Tropinin, I. Kramskoy, V. Shternberg, I. Sokolov, M. Bashylov, K. Trutovsky, L. Zhemchuzhnykov, I. Soshenko, M. Mykeshyn, S. Vasylkivsky, M. Samokshyn, O. Slastion, F. Krasytsky, I. Yizhakevych, V. Kasian, M. Derehus, K. Trokhymenko, M. Khmelko, and others. There are works by sculptors, F. Kamensky, P. Klodt, V. Beklemishev, F. Balavensky, I. Kavaleridze, M. H. Lysenko, I. Makahon, P. Movchun, V. Znoba, and others is on display.
In several other halls, material, including translations of the poet's works in many foreign languages, is exhibited and attests to the world the importance of Shevchenko's creative genius.