Les Martovych Literature and Memory Museum
Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Museum Department

The museum of Les Martovych (Oleksa Martovych) was founded on the writer's centenary (February, 12, 1971). The memorial exposition was opened in the writer's house. Near the house Les Martovych bust was installed.
As a writer Les Martovych is known by his short stories about country life. He wrote in local (Pokuttya) dialect. He began to write when in secondary school. His first story "Ne-chytalnyk (Not Reader)" was written in 1889. Martovych — the country writer of his time, thematically very close to Vasyl Stefanyk and Marko Cheremshyna. He was the member of so-called "Pokuttya Trinity". His characters — peasants from the most remote villages of Western Ukraine. Martovych depicted the peasants sincerely loving them. The main feature of his artistic manner is the combination of tragic and comic, humour, sometimes becoming satire. The most felicitous images of peasants are those in the tale "Zabobon (Prejudice)".

The museum display is situated in five halls and depicts writer's life and creative work, his public activity, honouring his memory. There are documents, photos, letters, publications of Les Martovych works, presents for the museum among the exhibits. There is also the model of the house where the writer was born, and his parents folk clothes. A great ammount of photos, private things of writer's relatives, peasants recollections tell about Les Martovych childhood. One can also see the student's record card given out to Les Martovych in Vienna University where, in 1902, the writer studied.

Nowadays the estate of Les Martovych family still exists in the village. The descendants of the writer's sister live nearby.
There are 2 rooms in the house. Right at the entrance to the hall we can see the kufr — uncarved chest. The exposition of the first room is represented by women's and men's costumes, easter eggs (pysanky) and collection of vytynanky (folk art form of papercutting) made by Ms. Maria (granddaughter of L. Martovych sister). The walls in room are decorated with portraits of the writer's 'blood brothers' — Vasyl Stefanyk and Mark Cheremshyna and the reconstruction of Martovych family tree. In the second room you can see authentic oven, household items, icons, collection of old kitchen utensils and gift-books.
N 48.59828 E 25.43623

Working hours:
10:00-17:00, closed on Monday.
Entrance fee:
Adults — 20 UAH.
Children — 10 UAH.
Excursion rates:
20 UAH per group.
Ivano-Frankivsk region
Horodenka district
Torhovytsya village
T. Shevchenko St. 70

Теl.: +38 (096) 037-48-69
+38 (03430) 5-90-74
How to get:
The museum is located in the village center, not far from the school.
48.59207  25.44401  
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