The L'viv Historical Museum is one of the richest and oldest scientific and educational museums of this country. It has more than 300,000 exhibits. It was founded in 1940 and based on the collections of two smaller museums. The exhibits displayed in the 36 halls show major social development in western regions of the Ukraine from the earliest times to the present.
In the section on the History of primitive society one can see relics of the Stones, Bronze, and Iron Ages as well as the work tools of the inhabitants of today's area. The displays show the development of land cultivation, handicrafts, and trade in Kyivan Rus. A great number of exhibits represent the struggle of Ukrainian people for their freedom including the liberation war of the Ukrainian people against Polish gentry (1648-1654), and the Oprishki movement and Koliivshchina (1768). The showcases contain first editions of works by Ju. Fedkovich, I. Franko, O. Kobylyanska, O. Makovey. and V. Ste-fanik, and series of documents on the activity of the T. Shevchenko Scientific Society.
The material,shows the development of science, education and culture. Here visitors can learn about L'viv's secondary schools, its institutes, the development of literature, fine arts and music, and the creative work of the people. The collections are regularly renewed and replenished with new material. Annually about half a million inhabitants of Lviv and the town's guests come view the unique holding and collections.
The Lviv Historical Museum welcomes everyone who wants to learn more about the past and present of the western regions of Ukraine.