As of 2017, the museum hosts more than 5,000 items – natural, material, written, visual, decorative, and photo. In addition, there are 4,000 scientific items. The findings of local scientists, the help of caring people, and generous gifts replenish the collection. In recent years, the museum’s collections have been enriched by donations of items such as 19th Century books, embroidery collections, daily use items such as coins and military medals, and the archaeological excavations of Franko University students (under the guidance of Historical Sciences professor Yaroslav Onyshchuk).

Archeological items in the museum’s exhibition

Archeological items in the museum’s exhibition

There is a place in the museum especially for archaeological materials. There you can find Vysotska cultural items like pottery and bronze jewellery, Wielbark cultural items like glass beads, ceramics, bronze brooches, and combs made of horn, and items from Kyivan Rus and Galicia-Volyn, like iron spears, ards, hoes, sickles, knives, and glass vessels.

The museum has a considerable collection of household and commercial use items from the turn of the 20th Century. Many are related to agriculture, food preparation and storage, construction, ornamental woodwork (joinery), weaving, and other domestic chores. You can also find an interesting collection of Ukrainian national clothing from the early 20th Century. There is an original collection of antique irons and joinery tools, including a set donated to the museum by the sons of Brody joiner Josyp Pryymak. In another area, you can find a vintage collection of pipes and old bottles, some of which have the markings of known Brody-area breweries.

Part of the ethnographic exhibition

Part of the ethnographic exhibition

The Brody History Museum features a small collection of Jewish items, including a menorah with the seal of local merchant Gershon Babada. There is also a fine collection of coins and medals, including from the reign of Polish King Jan Kazimierz II (1648-1668), from the Austrian and Russian empires (18th to 20th Centuries), and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Be sure to check out the personal items of such famous Ukrainian historical and cultural figures as Vasyl Shchurat and Volodomyr Hronovych.

Of course, the museum has a rich collection of materials relating to the Galician Division. Perhaps the most interesting are the personal belongings and awards of local priest Mykhaylo Levenets and the unforgettable tokens of the “Brody-Lion” brotherhood. Don’t forget to check out the exhibition of contemporary artworks of local and Western Ukrainian artists.