The Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts (The Khanenko Museum) keeps the key national collection of world arts in Ukraine. It was established in 1919 on the basis of rich private collection of art and antiquities made up by a couple of outstanding Ukrainian art amateurs, collectors and philanthropists Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko. The historical private mansion of the Khanenkos, built in late 1880s, is a particular object of interest and fascination due to its exquisite stylised interiors.
Today the museum holds more than 25 000 works of painting, sculpture, prints as well as various kinds of applied arts of Europe (14th -19th century), Western, Central and Eastern Asia (3rd century BC – 20th century) and the Ancient World (4th millennium BC – 4th century). The world-famous rarities, four oldest Byzantine “Sinai” icons from 6th and 7th centuries, are an important part of the museum collection and display.
The museum permanent exhibition area is about 1300 m2. There are also two halls for temporary exhibitions with total area of 150 m2 that host Ukrainian and international museum art projects. In coming years the museum plans to enlarge its exhibition, educational, and depository areas by adding a new contemporary building in the yard.
Being the leading Ukrainian institution of informal education the Khanenko museum offers a wide spectrum of programs for adults, youth and children, visitors with disabilities. A new accessible official museum website in Ukrainian and English is currently under development planned to be launched in November 2019.