Museums and Galleries Walk (Self Guided), Lviv

The rich history of Lviv is reflected in the numerous local museums, the most famous of which – the National and the Historical museums – are found in the Old Town. Also conveniently nearby are several galleries featuring contemporary art. This self-guided tour comprises the most interesting museums and galleries of Lviv located within a comfortable walking distance from each other.
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Museums and Galleries Walk Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Walk
Guide Location: Ukraine » Lviv (See other walking tours in Lviv)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The Johann Georg Pinsel Museum
  • "Arsenal " Museum
  • Lviv Historical Museum
  • Pharmacy Museum
  • The Culture and Art Center “Dzyga”
  • The “Green Sofa” Gallery
  • Lviv National Museum
  • Museum of Ethnography and Crafts
  • Rusalka Dnistrova Museum
The Johann Georg Pinsel Museum

1) The Johann Georg Pinsel Museum (must see)

The Museum of Lviv Sacral Baroque Sculpture "Johann Georg Pinsel Creative Work" is situated in the former church. On display here are splendid art works of Johann Georg Pinsel, a famous 18th century sculptor whose works can be seen in the most famous churches and great historical architectural monuments. His creative work is a treasure of both Ukrainian and world culture.

Operation hours: Tuesday -Friday: 11 am - 5 pm; Saturday,Sunday: 10 pm - 6 pm.
"Arsenal " Museum

2) "Arsenal " Museum

Lviv Arsenal, which houses a unique weapon museum, is the oldest of 3 historic arsenal buildings in Lviv, dating back to the 16th century. It used to be a part of the city wall and used to be a torture chamber. Here you will see a very large collection of “Winged hussars” from the 16th century, fire-arms, and old cannons.

Operation hours: Thursday - Tuesday: 10 am - 5:30 pm.
Lviv Historical Museum

3) Lviv Historical Museum (must see)

The Lviv Historical Museum is situated in the Old Town of the city. This is one of the oldest and richest museums in the Ukraine. Now it occupies the building of "Chorna Kamyanytsya," translated as "The black stone house." Great collections from the old world and Middle Ages are on display. There are items at the museum that belong to the World Heritage, such as the hand written “Khrystynopilsky Apostle” from the 12th century.

Operation hours: Thursday - Tuesday: 10 am - 5 pm.
Pharmacy Museum

4) Pharmacy Museum (must see)

The Pharmacy Museum is housed in the building of an old drugstore that dates back to 1735. In 16 rooms of the museum you can see antique pharmaceutical facilities, medicines, a library, and an alchemy workshop. The main hall of the museum is decorated with wall paintings of Vienna masters, stained-glass windows and sculptures of great people who contributed to the development of medicine.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm.
The Culture and Art Center “Dzyga”

5) The Culture and Art Center “Dzyga”

The art gallery at the Culture and Art Center “Dzyga” is amazing. It displays the most bold contemporary art by Ukrainian and international artists. The gallery's temporary exhibitions display paintings, graphics, sculptures and other types of artwork. This gallery has become the oasis of creativity in Lviv and is the most important place for contemporary art exhibits.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 11 am – 12 am.
The “Green Sofa” Gallery

6) The “Green Sofa” Gallery

The “Green Sofa” Gallery, called in Ukrainian "Zelena Kanapa," is situated in the center of the city. This gallery displays contemporary art. There are different temporary exhibitions where Ukrainian and international artists show their art works. You will see on display paintings, sculptures and unusual creative art pieces. The gallery also sells art.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 12 pm – 7 pm
Lviv National Museum

7) Lviv National Museum (must see)

Lviv National Museum displays amazing collections of Ukrainian and international artists, religious paintings and folk art. A branch of this museum is located on the popular touristic Svobody Avenue. Here one can see the old styles of Ukrainian art as well as art of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Museum of Ethnography and Crafts

8) Museum of Ethnography and Crafts (must see)

Museum of Ethnography and Crafts is an interesting specialized museum that reveals, through its collections, the cultural background of Lviv and this region of Ukraine. You can see the most diverse decorative applied art of the Ukraine. The collections of this museum contain thousands of relics. The main permanent collections of the museum are located at Svobody Avenue. You will see collections that will reveal to you the material and spiritual culture and life of the Ukrainian people. There are household items and objects of folk art.
Rusalka Dnistrova Museum

9) Rusalka Dnistrova Museum

"Rusalka Dnistrova" Museum was opened in 1990 in Lviv. This museum displays a monument to Markiyan Shash-kevych, who was an outstanding Ukrainian poet and writer, the first to write in the Ukrainian language using Ukrainian letters. This book was "Rusalka Dnistrova," which means "Mermaid of Dnister." At the museum you will see different documents related to the publication of this book. This museum is housed in the bell-tower of the Holy Spirit Church that is a great architectural monument of Lviv.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 11 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm.

Walking Tours in Lviv, Ukraine

Create Your Own Walk in Lviv

Create Your Own Walk in Lviv

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lviv is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Lviv's Architectural Jewels

Lviv's Architectural Jewels

Lviv has many historical buildings, such as churches and palaces. The city's architecture will show you the best of European styles from various periods. While walking through the streets of Lviv you will see baroque, renaissance and classic architecture. Take this self-guided tour to explore the majestic architecture of Lviv.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Lviv's Monuments and Statues

Lviv's Monuments and Statues

The city of Lviv has many historical monuments that make it a living history. Monuments and statues are dedicated to outstanding Ukrainians that contributed to the cultural development of Lviv and played important roles in its history. Take this self-guided tour to discover the rich history of Lviv through its great monuments and statues.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Lviv Introduction Walking Tour

Lviv Introduction Walking Tour

The largest city in the western part of Ukraine, Lviv stands out in its historic beauty and deservedly holds a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. To find out exactly why, follow this self-guided tour and discover the most notable historic and architectural sights of the city.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

Lviv is an old beautiful city with many churches in impressive buildings with majestic interiors. Some of the churches are architectural monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take this self-guided tour to see the most beautiful churches of Lviv.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Lviv Shopping Tour

Lviv Shopping Tour

Shopping in Lviv is exiting due to its diverse shopping opportunities. Many open air markets sell Ukrainian crafts and typical Soviet open-air markets sell fresh products. Take this self-guided tour to enjoy some shopping in Lviv.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
North Section of Lviv Walking Tour

North Section of Lviv Walking Tour

In the north section of Lviv, you will find some enlightening museums and beautiful churches. Memorials dedicated to Jews will tell you the story of the darkest period in the history of this nation. This self-guided tour will lead you through the top tourist attractions in the north part of Lviv.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles