History of the museum

      Lychakiv cemetery is one of the most grandiose European necropolises. It was founded in 1786 and since then only the well-known and rich people have been buried there - culture, art and science workers as well political and administrative elite of the capital of the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria.

Today it is museum and cemetery covering the area over 42 hectares.  It has become the rest place for over half million of people. 

The museum has sculptures and artistic pieces of well-known artists and sculptors: Hartman Witwer, the Schimser brothers, Paul Eutelle, H. Perrie, Yu. Markovskyy, I.Levynskyy, H.Kuznevych, S. Lytvynenko, Ye. Dzyndra and others.

Such prominent figures of the Ukrainian culture as Markiyan Shashkevych, Volodymyr Barvinskyy, Ivan Franko, Solomiya Krushelnytska, Ivan Krypyakevych, Stanislav Lyudkevych, Volodymyr Ivasyuk, Anatoliy Kos-Anatolskyy, Ihor Bilozir, Mykola Bidnyak and others found their eternal rest here.

You can also find the burial vaults of some outstanding Polish figures, such as Artur Grottger, Maria Konopnicka, Gabriela Zapolska, Stefan Banach, Ludwig Rydyger, Karol Mikula, Seweryn Goszczynski.

The Lychakiv Cemetery museum area includes memorial places, namely:

Memorial of Ukrainian Galician Army

Memorial of Ukrainian Insurgent Army

The Field of Honorable burials

Polish burials of November Uprising (1831-1832)

Polish burials of January Uprising (1863-1864)

Polish Military Memorial (1918-1920)

Memorial to the Soviet Army soldiers "The Hill of Glory"

Lychakiv Military complex "Field of Mars" - the Soviet Army soldiers burials and monuments of the NKVD victims 

Other possible burial places such as the Ukrainian Sich Riflemen, the NKVD victims and the victims of the totalitarian repressions are being investigated. 

Restorations and renovations of the burial monuments of prominent culture and science figures are constantly conducted at the territory of the museum. 

Since 1991 the museum has been supervised by the Museum Academic Council and since 2001 the Research Department has been opened here.

Panoramic pictures of Lychakiv cemetery