This Chernivtsi museum is one of the few same-type foundations in Ukraine. Similar museums exist in Kyiv, Lviv, Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskiy, Uzhgorod and Ivano-Frankivsk (near Halych).
At the time the museum has two display areas, Khotynshchyna ("Khotyn area” – Sokyriany, Khotyn and a part of Novoselytsia Districts) and Zakhidne Podnistrovya ("Western Dniester side” – Zastavna and another part of Novoselytsia Districts). The area of 9,379 hectares allocates 33 restored typical buildings of the old Bukovynian village from early XIX – mid XX centuries (houses, rooms, henhouses, wells, horse barns, a root cellar, windmills, a blacksmith shop, a church with bell tower, etc.). Most structures are located at arranged households. Accurately restored indoor scenes confer authentic features to the buildings.
The museum's collection includes 8060 items, in particular folk dresses, clothes, peasant labour instruments and household items, furniture, dishes, crafts, printed media, photographs, etc. The museum arranged dozens of permanent and mobile exhibitions, in particular "Decorative and Applied Arts of Bukovyna”, "Traditional Bukovynian Costume”, "Bukovynian Carpets”, "Bukovynian Woven Belts”, "Bukovynian Embroidery”, "Beads in Folk Costumes”, "Bukovynian Leather”, "Bukovynian Pottery and Wooden Dishes”, "Bukovynian Box”, "Bukovynian Pysanka”, "Folk Musical Instruments”, "Relilgious Paintings in Bukovyna” and others.
A XIX-century peasant hut
The hut inside. A "kitchen corner"
The dining table in a peasant hut
A weaver installation
Pottery to store liquids and grain
Inside a windmill
The big fire during Obnova Fest, an annual ethnic festival held in the Museum