Armenia is a country with centuries of history, original ancient traditions and rich culture. A country that has given the world many famous artists, composers and writers. Museums of the Armenian capital Yerevan give tourists a great opportunity to feel the unique spirit of Ancient Armenia, as well as to see with their own eyes many amazing archaeological discoveries, interesting historical exhibits and unique works of art. We present to you a brief overview of the seven museums in Yerevan, visiting which, without a doubt, will become a memorable event.
Museum of Genocide Victims
The Genocide Museum is dedicated to the memory of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, which took place in Western Armenia and Ottoman Turkey and became a colossal tragedy for the Armenian people. The museum consists of several exposition halls, where historical documents, maps and photographs are presented, excursions in the museum are held in several foreign languages. The museum is a part of the memorial complex of the Memory of the Victims of the Genocide, which is located on the top of a green hill, not far from the center of Yerevan.
History Museum of Armenia
The National History Museum of Armenia, founded in 1921, is located on the Republic Square, in the heart of Yerevan. The museum exposition includes more than 400 000 exhibits. Here you can see historical documents, objects of ancient life, clothes, medieval weapons, chariots and a collection of coins that were in use in Armenia in different epochs. To make a real fascinating journey into the depths of centuries, it is worth ordering an excursion with a guide.
The name of the museum “Matenadaran” literally means “book storage”. The Institute of Ancient Manuscripts Matenadaran was opened in 1959. The museum building is located in the center of Yerevan. Nowadays Matenadaran holds several thousands of ancient manuscripts and documents, including those written in Russian, Greek, Arabic, Georgian and a number of other languages. During excursions, professional guide tells everything in details. Here you can see magnificent examples of a medieval miniature, which is a special pride of Armenia.
House Museum of Martiros Saryan
The house-museum of “master of colorful still life” Martiros Saryan is also located in the central part of Yerevan. A spacious building with a workshop was built specially for Martiros Saryan in 1932. Even during his lifetime, the artist received hundreds of visitors from various countries. Many of Saryan’s works are exhibited in famous museums around the world. Visiting the house-museum, you can see the painter’s workshop, as well as the attached building of the museum, where a large collection of paintings is exhibited.
Sergei Parajanov Museum
The famous film director, who never lived in Armenia denoted his original creative heritage to his historical homeland, Based on the collection of works by Sergei Parajanov, this very unusual museum was created in Yerevan in 1988. Visitors can see here sketches for Parajanov’s films, as well as get acquainted with other aspects of his work: the exposition includes collages, installations, dolls, ceramic products, etc.
Modern Art Museum
Although a relatively small modern art museum in Yerevan will impress you with its bright and rich exposition. Here you can find original works of many modern Armenian artists and sculptors. Unusual arrangement of objects and the organization of an interior will allow seeing all exposition in the most favorable light.
The city-fortress of Erebuni, built by King Argishti in 782 BC., is identified with the foundation of the capital of Armenia. Excavations of Erebuni are on the Arin Berd hill in Yerevan, here is also a museum, where ancient objects found during the excavations are exhibited: cuneiform tablets, weapons, figurines, precious ornaments, dishes, utensils etc. Nearby you can see the wrecked walls of an ancient fortress and partially restored rooms of the royal palace. You can order an excursion and a professional guide will tell you everything in details.