Founded in 1926, the National Museum of Hutsulshchyna & Pokuttya Folk Art named after Yosaphat Kobrynsky is one of the most renowned museum institutions in Ukraine. It is located in the city centre of Kolomyia occupying a splendid Neo-Classical building and is devoted to the folk art of the Hutsuls and the Pokuttyans, two Ukrainian ethnic groups living in western Ukraine. The museum houses an extensive collection of 50,000 objects that tell a rich history of the development of the craft on these lands.
The exhibits include traditional embroidery, pottery, artistic woodworking pieces, metalwork, leatherwork, decorative weaving, tapestry and Easter eggs. The museum’s items represent folk art from the 17th century up until now. It also houses ancient objects of sacred art and household items. Of special interest is the part showcasing the elaborate Kosiv village ceramics with a display of plates, jugs, candlesticks and tiles for lining stoves done. The museum collection reflects the diverse and masterful Hutsul and Pukuttyan craftsmanship.