In 1859, Taras Shevchenko returned to Ukraine. But a few weeks after his return, on July 13, the poet was arrested on a denunciation, and on July 30 he was taken to Kyiv. After the arrest, Shevchenko was handed over to the priest of the Trinity Church, Fr. Yukhym Botvynovskyi. He quickly found a place to live in the picturesque outskirts of Kyiv — Prioryka, so as not to live in the city center.
In his book "Life and Works of Taras Shevchenko", Mykhailo Chaliy, the poet's first biographer, describes the last days of Taras Shevchenko in Kyiv and his life in Prioryka.
Today, the Taras Shevchenko Memorial Museum, which was established in 1989, is located at 5 Vyshhorodska Street. The museum exposition reproduces the life of the Kyiv suburbs of the second half of the 19th century, and most of the exhibits were handed down by the descendants of the residents of Priorka, who personally met the poet.
Near the house where Taras Shevchenko lived, there is a wooden oak tree that is more than 400 years old. It was under this tree, according to the memories of his contemporaries, that the poet liked to sit.