St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Catholic Museum
The distinction of collecting, preserving and exhibiting artifacts relating to the experience of Ukrainian Catholics in Manitoba is what sets St. Volodymyr Museum apart from the rest. Primary focus has been placed on collecting material relating to the Ukrainian Catholic experience in Canada. It continues to maintain its small Ukrainian ethnographical section collected by Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League members traveling cross-country to meetings and conventions during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
St. Volodymyr Museum was started as a Canadian Centennial project in 1967 by the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada in Winnipeg. The project was blessed by His Grace, the late Most Reverend Archbishop M. Hermaniuk, Metropolitan of Canada, who himself donated many artifacts. The museum, originally located at 418 Aberdeen Avenue in Winnipeg (previous 'Progress' newspaper headquarters) was moved to Blessed Virgin Mary Parish hall in 1985 for added safety and in preparation for the upcoming Centenary of Ukrainians in Canada in 1991. It remained at BVM parish till 1998 when then Auxiliary Bishop Stefan Soroka advised that the collection be moved to the newly renovated Archbishop's Chancery at 233 Scotia in Winnipeg. St. Volodymyr Museum presently finds itself in an environmentally controlled space including storage, workroom, and exhibit areas. Most appropriately it is situated adjacent to the Chancery library and archive which only enhances its location.
The collection is extraordinary - featuring bishops' and priests' vestments, many liturgical items from chalices to hand crosses, icons, church linens, banners etc. Of particular beauty are the growing number of tabernacles and gospel books. A major feature of the museum is a diorama of a rural, Ukrainian Catholic Church c. 1920 which showcases a cross-representation of the collection.
St. Volodymyr Museum, although small in size and very specialized in its mandate, strives to meet and maintain museum standards set by the Canadian Museums Association and Canadian Conservation Institute. Together with the support of the Ukrainian Catholic Foundation of Manitoba, the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada (Manitoba Branch) and His Grace, the Most Reverend Archbishop Lawrence Huculak, Metropolitan of Canada, the museum staff and volunteers invite you to visit and witness the development of this most important endeavor.
Did You Know that St. Volodymyr Museum in Winnipeg...
- Is situated at the Archbishop’s Chancery on Scotia Avenue, on land purchased in 1929 by Bishop Vasyl Ladyka?
- Collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits Ukrainian Catholic material?
- Strives to preserve the stories of the Ukrainian Catholic people?
- Exhibits the vestments and other personal items used by Blessed Bishop Vasyl Velychkovsky (on permanent loan to the Bishop Velychkovsky Martyr’s Shrine at St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipeg)?
- Exhibits the vestments of two previous Ukrainian Catholic Bishops in Canada, Bishop Vasyl Ladyka and Blessed Martyr & Bishop Nykyta Budka? The year 2012 marked the 100th anniversary of Blessed Bishop Nykyta Budka’s arrival in Canada.
- Exhibits the spoon used by Blessed Bishop Nicholas Charnetsky to secretly administer Holy Communion while in the labour camps?
- Includes in its collection a growing number of tabernacles from Ukrainian Catholic Churches all over the province? The museum has, in fact, initiated a “save the tabernacles” campaign to encourage museums to preserve their tabernacles and other liturgical items no longer used.
- ...and much, much more!
Museum tours are offered by appointment. Please call ahead to make arrangements for your visit. Free-will donations in lieu of set admission fees are most appreciated.
One main feature of St. Volodymyr Museum is an exhibit entitled, “Remembrance, Celebration, Gratitude” which was created for the 2012 Synod of Ukrainian Catholic Hierarchs, held in Winnipeg. Five exhibit panels cover a span of a century (1912-2012) in celebration of 100 years since the arrival of Canada’s first Ukrainian Catholic Bishop, Blessed Nykyta Budka, Bishop and Martyr.
To view the panels, click here or the ‘mitre’ of Blessed Nykyta Budka.
A Ukrainian translation is available for the main storyline of the exhibit (three center panels) click here.