Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago

The Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago was founded in 1952 by displaced scholars: Olexa Hankewych, Julian Kamenetcky, Orest Horodyskyj, and with the extraordinary assistance of philanthropist and community activist Dr. Myroslav Simynovycz.

The goal of the Museum was the establishment of a museum and archives that would reflect the lives of those forced by cruel circumstances to leave their homeland and who, in love and longing for that ancestral home, formed Ukrainian organizations for cultural continuity and life in their new settlements. Today, the Museum is highlighted as the finest achievements of the Ukrainian American community. Its unparalleled array of folk art, exceptional collection of fine art, and extensive compendium of archival materials make it one of the most unique and dynamic museums in USA, with broad appeal for diverse audiences.

Mission and Objectives

The primary mission of the Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago is to preserve and share the Ukrainian Immigration contribution to Chicago’s cultural tapestry.


  1. Be the central collection point for Ukrainian immigrant’s documents, artifacts, and records of life in America and Ukraine.
  2. Develop the museum’s collection by encouraging donations of documents, artifacts, and records related to Ukraine’s history, culture, and the immigration experience.
  3. Preserve and protect those resources that are rare, fragile, or subject to deterioration.
  4. Catalog the museum resources for ease of research, accountability and use.
  5. Exhibit and make known the museum’s resources to educate the public in the accomplishments and activity of the Ukrainian Immigration in the USA and the history and culture of Ukraine.
  6. Establish links with other similar organizations and institutions to develop synergy and sharing of resources.
  7. Develop and utilize a professional staff to obtain grants, funding, donations, new membership, and for the execution of museum and archival functions.