'The Ideal City' Museum

The ceremonial opening of new museum exposition was held in April 2016 in the renovated Eastern tower of Zhovkva castle.
The new exposition consists of two rooms. The first one is called the 'Hetmans' Hall', and you can see there portraits of five hetmans whose lives were bound up with the castle. Among them are such historical figures:
  • Stanisław Źółkiewski — the Crown Hetman of Rzeczpospolita (the Kingdom of Poland) and the founder of Zhovkva town;
  • Bohdan Khmelnytsky — the Hetman of the Zaporizhian Host, who according to one of the theories, was born in Zhovkva;
  • John III Sobieski — the King of Poland and the owner of Zhovkva castle from the late 18th century;
  • Ivan Mazepa — the Hetman of Zaporizhian Host. He arrived in Zhovkva castle in April 1707 for a military council held by Peter I, where the Hetman found out about the Tsar's intention to limit the Cossacks' immunities;
  • Prince Michał Kazimierz Radziwiłł  — the Hetman of Lithuania and the owner of Nesvizh and Zhovkva castle (the last one from 1740).
In that hall you can see not only the portraits of the hetmans, but also their family crests.
This is also a place for hosting a variety of public events, such as 'Christmas in the Castle', 'The Night at the Museum', 'Hayivkas in the Castle' (hayivka is a Slavic ritual song), etc.
The next room is called 'The Perfect Town'. It's a place for an originally reconstructed model of Zhovkva town and where you can get to know the history of foundation and development of so called 'perfect towns', and also find out why exactly Zhovkva is believed to be one of them.
In the same room the guests can also see a fragment of a wooden conduit functioned in the town in the 16th century. That item is thought to be a part of the first water supply system in Zhovkva. According to the research, the system was built starting from the spring on Haray mountain to Zhovkva castle, but till now there's no evidence if it was extended farther.

Working hours:
10:00-17:00, Mon — closed.
Entrance fees:
To the castle territory:
  • Adults, students — 10 UAH.
  • Children — 5 UAH.
Museum exposition:
  • Adults — 90 UAH.
  • Students — 60 UAH.
  • Children — 20 UAH.
Excursion rates:
In Ukrainian:
  • Adults (15 persons) — 200 UAH.
  • Children (15 persons — 60 UAH.
In foreign languages:
  • Adults — 300 UAH.
Lviv region
Zhovkva town
Vicheva Square 2

Tel.: +38 (032) 522-25-49

How to get there:
By public transport
Go by bus from Lviv city to the centre of Zhovkva.
More information about public transport.

By car
Go along the road M09 from Lviv to the Zhovkva centre.
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