The Museum of Solomia Krushelnitska is a manor museum in the Bila village, Ternopil region, in the premises of the only surviving residential building of the Krushelnytsky’s estate after the wars.
The museum was opened in 1963 in the former parish building (approx. since 1860), where the famous Ukrainian opera singer Solomiya Krushelnytska (1872-1952) spent her childhood and youth in 1878-1891. She came here and stayed with her parents and family in 1892-1900. The opera and chamber singer Hanna Krushelnytska (1887-1964), Solomia's sister, was born and lived in the same house until 1902. A school of conductors existed here in 1884-1885 under the leadership of Amvrosy Krushelnytskyi.
The museum complex includes the brick church of St. Nicholas (1625); three Cossack crosses placed around the house; the stone Cross of Freedom of 1848, and two religious figures, as well as a white marble tombstone on the grave of the parents in the village cemetery, brought by S. Krushelnytska from Italy.
The opening of the new exposition of the museum, which occupies three rooms, took place on May 18, 1986. The director of the Regional Museum of Local History V. Lavreniuk and the museum staff put a lot of effort into renovating the museum and creating a new exposition. The museum was artistically designed by V. Poznyakov, Yu. Bodnar, and L. Prokofieva. Personal items and many valuable materials illuminate the creative path of Solomiya Krushelnytska.
The name of Solomia Krushelnytska became the glory and national pride of Ukraine. The singer's repertoire included more than 60 parts of opera classics; besides, she was an unsurpassed interpreter of Ukrainian folk songs. Famous composers, conductors, singers, musicians, writers, and artists, including G. Puccini, R. Leoncavallo, A. Toscanini, L. Munione, E. Duze, and many others were ardent admirers of her great talent.
The great Italian composer Giacomo Puccini signed his photo portrait "To the most beautiful and the most charming Butterfly" to the singer as a sign of gratitude for rescuing his opera "Cio-Cio-San" after the previous loud failure in the famous theater "La Scala".
Solomiya Krushelnytska is honored all over the world. Her art is a part of the world's golden cultural fund. The singer's voice sounded in the countries of Europe, South and North America, and Egypt. In the singer's homeland, Ternopil region, she is loved and respected. And the anniversary 2012 year, the year of the 140th anniversary of S. Krushelnytska’s birth, was declared the Year of Solomiya Krushelnytska in Ternopil.