On September 11 & 12, 2010 the Ukrainian National Museum is hosting an Open House and invites everyone to join in the celebrations

The Open House is a novel and creative way of acquainting the Ukrainian community and visitors with the museum and its realm of resources representing Ukrainian culture, history, art, the significance of Ukrainian ancestry and immigrants, and the achievements these peoples made in  forming Ukraine, the community of the Ukrainian Diaspora in Chicago, and the accomplishments achieved in the free world of America; it’s role and place in the multi-ethnic city of Chicago.

The Museum benefits in fame and glory from its visitors who are not only very appreciative that the entrance is free but additionally enjoy the interesting program planned.  An important aspect in the organization of these days is that it involves a group of young professionals who are engaged in providing an entertaining experience.  This festival will take place outside as well as inside the museum.

In the Museum lot (outdoors):

  • A group from the School of the Spirited Hopak of Ivan Nechaj, will arrange for a Cossack camp, tents, Cossack dress and performances
  • A “stylized Ukrainian house” where there will be photo opportunities for those who wish
  • A book fair for book lovers

Inside the Museum you will be able to view the permanent collection:

  • Ukrainian Folk Costumes and Easter eggs – pysanky, Ukrainian portrait XVII-XVIII century of hetmans, folk painting of “Kozak Mamay, Cossack sabers, Ukrainian Genocide exhibit, religious artifacts, numismatic collection
  • The gallery, with paintings by Ukrainian American graphic artist Bohdan Bozhemskyj
  • The Gift Shop will be open where many original mementos are available for purchase
  • To sweeten your soul, the most authentic and delicious Ukrainian pastries and coffee will allow you to relax, reflect and meet with community members

This is only the second time that the Museum is hosting such an event simultaneously as Saints Volodymyr and Olha parish, which is opposite the museum, is holding its festival.  They too have planned a celebration for the entire community and their repertoire includes dance ensembles, musicians, and singers.  Ukrainian food and souvenirs will be in abundance.  The community will once again come alive.  The Museum Open House and the Parish festival reflect on the strong, hardworking, ambitious community.  The community is proud of its heritage and proud to be American.  They work hard to preserve and build.  Last year during Open House the Museum entertained over 800 guests.   During these two days it is planned that about 5,000 people will come through visiting the Museum and participating in the parish Festival.

The presence of this large community testifies that Ukrainians are an important and integral part of the city of Chicago and state of Illinois.

Please be sure and visit on September 11th & 12th (Saturday & Sunday), 11:00 am – 6:00 pm daily.