In a picturesque part of the Carpathians near the foot of Goverla mountain where waters of swift-flowing Prut are born elegant town Yaremche is located.
Today it is one of the largest tourist centers where a number of hotels, rest houses, entertainment centers, art fairs are concentrated. The scientific research of this region having gained more and more publicity in the second half of the nineteenth century contributed to this. Industrial and ethnographic exhibitions played an important role in tourism promotion. First economic and industrial exhibition in Kolomyya in was held in 1880. A number of craftsmen presented their works, namely Andriy Tymchuk, the carver from Dora, embroiders Yevdokiya Orfenyuk from Mykulychyn and Anna Mysyuk from Yamny; women's bead jewelry was presented by Maria Filyak from Mykulychyn. Later, in the XX century, the works of Hutsul masters were represented at the book and mass media exhibition held in Vorokhta in 1938.
Such promotion of traditional Hutsul culture contributed to the formation of Hilovskyy's private collection in Yaremcha, which consisted ofover 700 pieces of art products and household items of Hutsuls. Thus, in the 30-ies of the XX century first museum was established in Yaremcha. In the early 60-ies the formation of the museum of regional ethnography started which finally was opened in 1963. Myhaylo Muzyrya, the ethnographer, led searching and collecting process having collected rich collection of ethnographic works, historical and natural materials in a short time . The museum was placed in the former boarding house «Gena». Museum's exhibition was devided into the historical department and the department of natural art . A separate section was devoted to the history of the commander Sydor Kovpak's guerrilla group of Red Army that operated during World War II in the Carpathians.
In 1967, the architect V. Stasiv built the original museum building, which resembled guerrilla hut. It was the place where the Museum of Partisan Glory named after Kovpak was established being reorganized from the museum of regional ethnography. The museum played an important part of Soviet ideological propaganda purposefully falsifying the historical truth of World War II period and the struggle of Ukrainians for their independence right until 1991. Therefore, in 1993 the museum was reorganized into the Carpathian Regional Museum of Liberation Struggle occupying three showrooms of new exhibition revealing the history of the liberation movement in Western Ukraine: the creation of the Legion of Ukrainian Sichovi Striltsi (Sich Riflemen) (USS), the Ukrainian Galician Army (UGA), youth organization "PLAST" the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists activities, declaration of Carpathian Ukraine, the struggle of Ukrainian Povstanska (Insurgent) Army (UPA) and the Division "SS Halychyna" ("SS Galicia").
Due to the increasing number of memorial museum complex dedicated to the liberation struggle and concentration of them mostly in regional centers the Museum has undergone regular reorganization. In 2007, being affiliated to Kolomyya Museum of Hutsul and Pokuttya Folk Art named after Y.Kobrynskyy, the institution was named The Museum of Ethnography And Ecology of the Carpathian Region.The idea of such museum creation was stipulated by the necessity of returning to the fundamental principles of culture formation as nation's genocode.
The Museum was targeted to uncover the uniqueness of traditional folk culture in all spheres of human activity preserving spirit of all epochs, religious ideologies and national liberation competition through the prism of soul environment grown and formed on the unique Carpathian landscape by means of museum techniques. Along with active collective activities, aimed at forming a new exhibition, interesting exhibition of folk and imitative arts, thematic round tables, ethnology lessons for pupils and students, as well as meetings with famous personalities of the region are constantly held in the museum.
The purpose of this museum is to display the traditional system of Carpathian ethnicity life-support in natural and socio-cultural conditions of their residence, ethnic groups use of natural environment , traditions of rational nature management, the phenomenon of ethnic and ecosystems functioning and presentation of all kinds of traditional Carpathian region folk art.
In addition, a vital component of the Museum work is organizing and holding festivals, seminars, conferences and round tables where the ecology, history and handicrafts development issues are raised in accordance with the requirements of time.
Museum Address: 269, Svoboda Street, Yaremche, Ukraine
Phone: +38 0234 22208
Exhibition: Adult - 5 UAH; Students - 3 UAH.
Excursions: Adult - 35 UAH; Students - 25 UAH.
Photography: 20 UAH.
Movie: 30 UAH.