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The Ivan Franko Literary-Memorial Museum

The museum is placed in two buildings in the writer's own house, built in 1902 in 4, Poniriski Street (152, Ivan Franko Street now) and in the neighbouring house (150, Ivan Franko Street now). Ivan Franko (1856-1916) belongs to the most outstanding Ukrainian cultural workers of the late 19th - early 20th c. He was a writer, an interpreter (he knew 14 languages), a scientist, a publicist, a public political figure, a man of encyclopaedic knowledge. Forty years of Franko's life passed in Lviv. In 1902 Franko managed to build his own house in Sophiyivka suburb. Ivan Franko had lived his last fourteen years in his own house. Here he died on the 28th of May, 1916. After I. Franko's death his wife and two sons Taras and Petro still lived in the house. Ivan Franko's study * is presented in the memorial the most fully. There are Franko's personal things on his writing-table. At this table Ivan Franko wrote hundreds of works. Near the table, next to the chair there is a fishing-tackle made with his own hands. Bookcases stand there too. There is a portrait of Ivan Franko by Ivan Trush, four drawings of the same painter, family photos. The part of books (2000) which are the analogues of the writer's personal library are exhibited in the library room. The museum funds amount to 26 thousand units of preserving. The memorial fund consisting of personal Franko and his family's things, the writer's manuscripts, the first editions of his works with autographs, original photos is the most valuable. The set of Franko's portraits is very rich. These are the works of well-known artists. The museum record library possesses interesting recollections of Ivan Franko's children and his contemporaries. There is also formed M. Hrushevs'kyi fund. It will become the basis of the building of the memorial museum of the famous historian scientist, the first President of Ukraine (154, I. Franko Street). The museums address is: 150-152-154, Ivan Franko Street; Telephone: 76-77-60, 76-93-65. Are opened from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Monday.