The nearby Honchara collection proved even more frustrating for the visitor.
Despite having learned from its website that a recent edition of the “Welcome to Ukraine” magazine had described the museum as an “Oasis of Ukrainian Culture,” I was to find that few of the displays were labeled in any language, and none in English.
In response to protests in my own foul tongue, the no doubt well-meaning receptionist produced from her lower shelves a two-sided welcoming document written in immaculate English. The trouble was that it started with the claim that the world’s erstwhile negative image of Ukraine had been swept away by the “recent” Orange Revolution! Clearly the document was at least five years old.