Historical and ethnographic heritage – part of the sustainable
development of tourism in Bukovina
MIS-ETC Code: 829



Local history museum


GPS (48.288583; 25.937203)
district Chernivtsi
region Pershotravnevy
locality Chernivtsi
category Museums, including the house museums
year 1 863р.


This is the oldest museum, which was founded in 1863 as regional museum, which immediately began work on collecting the objects in the scope of natural sciences, archeology, numismatics and phaleristics. From 1877 to 1893 the museum did not function. With the construction of a room for Bukovinian museum of crafts on Mickiewicz street, 2, the regional museum, on lease conditions, placed its exposition on one of the floors. The development of museum activity was facilitated by research of K. Romshtorfer, I. Sombati, R.F. Kaindl, V. Ariichuk, E. Kostin, I. Prokopovych. The research results were published in the yearbooks of museum. During the First World War the museum ceased operations and restored it in 1918 already under the new conditions. In 1930 the museum was reorganized into the Regional museum, and it received a new statute. In 1935 the museum was united with Industrial museum, and the Regional Museum named after King Carol the II was created. After inclusion of Northern Bukovina to the USSR in November 1940, the historical and local history museum was founded, which was accommodated in the metropolitan chambers. Already after the World War II the museum was moved to a room on Kobylyanska street. Chernivtsi local history museum has about 20 rooms, which are divided into two major divisions: nature and history of Bukovyna. Nowadays Chernivtsi local history museum comprises almost 90 thousand exhibits (collection of old books with unique Ostroh Bible, printed by Ivan Fedorov in 1581; numismatic collection, which includes more than 3,000 coins; an interesting collection of weapons; archaeological collection which includes over 12000 exhibits; etc.). The pride of the museum is a collection of fine and decorative art, the basis of which are the icons of the XVI-XVIII centuries, works of prominent Bukovinian artists M. Ivasyuk, J. Pihulyak, E. Maksymovych, A. Kochanovska. The natural collection counts almost 10000 natural samples (stuffed, wet preparations, herbarium, entomological collections etc.). In it, in particular, are presented the species listed in the Red Book of Ukraine, the European Red List and the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, as well as endemics and relicts. The museum offers its visitors a view of the fragments of a newly created exposition, stationary exhibitions, lecture and tour service, watching movies, an exhibits traveling exhibitions in institutions and organizations, helps create the institutional, public and private museums, conducts research. The museum on the rights of subsidiaries includes Literary and memorial museum of O. Kobylyanska, Literary and memorial museum of Y. Fedkovych (both in Chernivtsi), and Khotyn and Kitsman departments of the museum.