Taras Shevchenko Museum

Type: Museum

Founded by the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians, this museum aims to popularize the life and work of the nineteenth century Ukrainian nationalist poet and artist, Taras Shevchenko and the contribution of Canadians of Ukrainian descent to the social, economic and political life of Canada.


Conservation / Preservation:


  • Artistic copies of Shevchenko’s art.
  • Several editions of Shevchenko’s Kobzar and a large facsimile copy of Shevchenko’s diary.
  • Ukrainian handicrafts and folk art, including traditional clothing, Ukrainian eggs, embroidery, wood carving, and musical instruments.
  • 1861 Taras Shevchenko death mask is the most valuable item in the museum’s collection.
  • Paintings, etchings, illustrations, posters and artefacts of Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian cultural life.
  • Two important monuments of Shevchenko that document the cultural endeavors of the AUUC in Toronto.


  • A substantial collection of books and pamphlets by Shevchenkiana, including facsimiles of the first edition of Shevchenko’s first collection of poetry.

Public Programming:


  • Shevchenko’s life, art, and poetry, including a prominent exhibit on Shevchenko’s time in exile in the Russian Far East, with paintings documenting a Russian military expeditions to the Aral Sea.
  • The history of Ukrainian immigration to Canada, including passports, naturalization certificates, and other papers documenting the migration of Ukrainians to Canada, union cards, and Workmen’s Compensation cards.
  • Ukrainian handicrafts, furniture, and folk art.
  • The works of contemporary Ukrainian painters and sculptors.


The museum offers tours to schoolchildren as well as to university students and scholarly organizations.

Volunteer/Internship/Placement Opportunities:

This museum accepts volunteers. Volunteers are particularly active upon the opening of new exhibits.

Address & Contact Information:

1614 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON
M6P 1A7

Phone: 416-534-8662
Email: shevchenkomuseum@bellnet.ca
Website: http://infoukes.com/shevchenkomuseum/

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, or call the museum to make an appointment.

Key Words: ethnicity, arts