Art packed away at Ukraine art museum

March 6, 2022
Collections being packed away at Ukraine's largest art museum.

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Head of the rare manuscripts and books dept. at Ukraine’s largest art museum, Anna Naurobska, on collections being packed away for protection in case Russian forces move further west.
  • Naurobska says she's unsure where to safely store the more than 12,000 items being packed away by staff and volunteers at the Andrey Sheptytsky National Museum.
  • The museum, which was created over 115 years ago and survived both WWI and WWII, is located in Lviv — a city in western Ukraine less than 50 miles from the Polish border.
  • On Friday, the museum's general director Ihor Kozhan said: "Museum has to live. People have to be there, and first of all children. They have to learn the basics of their culture" (Associated Press).

Big Picture: In efforts to preserve Ukrainian heritage, other sites in Lviv are working to protect places of cultural and artistic importance by boarding up stained-glass windows of churches and covering sculptures with foam, cardboard and plastic.

At Ukraine's largest art museum, a race to protect heritage (Associated Press)

Click HERE to learn more about the history of the Andrey Sheptytsky National Museum

In Ukraine's West, Lviv Makes Itself a Vital Rear Base (New York Times)

by Jenna Lee,