When visiting Ukraine, set aside time for a trip to the one-of-a-kind Pysanka Museum in Kolomyia. Dedicated to the Ukrainian Easter egg, or "pysanka", the museum houses over 10,000 pysanky in a structure that is shaped like a giant painted egg. Each of the 10,000 pysanka have been ornately decorated using beeswax and a stylus to create traditional Ukrainian folk designs. The name of the colorful eggs is derived from the word pysanky, which means “to write” since the designs are written, not painted, on the eggs. Kolomyai's Pysanka Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the pysanka.
The History of the PysankaPysanka originated in pre-Christian times when Ukrainians worshipped the sun god, Dazhboh. It is said that birds are Dazhboh's chosen creations, as evident by the fact that they can get close to him by flying. In this way, eggs became magical talismans linking humanity to the god.
Today, the Hutsuls of Western Ukraine still believe the Earth's fate is dependent on the pysanka. If people ever stop decorating the pysanka, they say, evil - represented by a snake chained to a cliff - will be set loose to cause destruction across the world.
At the Pysanka Museum, you can discover 19th century specimens of pysanka from the Ivano-Frankivsk region alongside modern recreations. To experience an important part of the country’s culture from the Radisson Blu Resort in Bukovel, which is nestled in the stunning Carpathian Mountains, the Pysanka Museum is only an hour’s drive away.