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Honey Harvesting History at Prokopovych Beekeeping Museum

10. January 2011 by Michelle 0 Comments

Ukraine certainly has no shortage of interesting and unique museums. There’s the State Aviation Museum, the Odessa Numismatics Museum, the living museum of Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky, the Pysanka Museum, the Waste Museum, and thousands more.


The Prokopovych Beekeeping Institute in Kyiv houses one of the world’s best collections of historical beekeeping equipment and bee-related art. A local beekeeper named Petro Prokopovych (1775-1850) was the first to create bee hives with movable frames, allowing the honeycomb to be manipulated and the honey to be harvested with little disruption to the bee colony. American Lorenzo Langstroth later improved the design by having the frames hang down inside the hive.


Beekeepers all over the world studied his research and many were taught by Prokopovych himself, as he dedicated his life to the promotion and art of beekeeping. He constructed over 6,600 beehives, many of which are on display at the museum. There are hives shaped like animals, people, and castles, like the Swallow's Nest, the famous seaside castle in Crimea.


Today, Ukraine is one of the world’s top producers of honey, collecting up to 70,000 tons of it each year by more than 500,000 beekeepers. The tasty nectar is not only used as sweetener; it’s also a primary ingredient in medicines and homeopathic treatments.


The museum is free to tour and relies on monetary donations. It welcomes bee-related products from around the world for possible inclusion in the museum display. Consider the Prokopovych Beekeeping Museum for a sweet date with your favorite Ukrainian bride!












Photos: John's Beekeeping Notebook