The museum was founded by the Ukrainian Women Association in 1979 to display and share the ever growing collection of Ukrainian heritage. Amongst the exhibits are:
- Displays of various regional costumes and other apparel
- Significant collection of embroidery (clothes and household linen), including traditional cross-stitch ritual cloth
- Samples of craft and artefacts and a collection of ceramics from different regions in Ukraine
- Paintings by Ukrainian artists living in Ukraine and Australia
- A series of lino cut illustrations to Ukrainian legends
- Leather work, carpets, weaving, wood carvings and ornamentation
- Ukrainian traditional instruments and painted Easter eggs
Reproductions of aspects of interior of a Ukrainian cottage, including tiled ceramic stove, benches and heritage household items
Ukrainian books and publications, including memoirs of Ukrainian settlers in South Australia.
In addition to the permanent collection, museum curators frequently prepare exhibits and displays, recognising important national, historical or festive commemorative dates. The museum is curated by the Ukrainian Women Association. The museum, reflecting rich cultural traditions of Ukrainians, is also a hub for a variety of classes, conducted by the Ukrainian Women Association, including Ukrainian cooking, embroidery and Easter egg decorating (mostly conducted in English). Please contact the President of the Ukrainian Women Association for further information.
The museum is located in Hindmarsh, a part of Adelaide that has a history dating back to earliest European settlement times and has been home to a diverse mix of ethnic communities up to the present day. This history is represented by the mix of architecture and activities in the area. The Ukrainian museum and Ukrainian Hall nearby are proud to be a part of this community, contributing to the multiculturalism and preservation of heritage.