MUSEUMS IN YEREVAN
Armenia was called an open-air museum by Rockwell Kent, one of the most famous American painters. This reputation of Armenia has rightfully earned due to its invaluable architectural monuments. Armenian culture also contains centuries-old treasures, which are preserved and exhibited mostly in the museums of Yerevan.
THE HISTORY MUSEUM OF YEREVAN
The History Museum of Yerevan was founded in 1931. The museum is situated in the newly built complex of Yerevan Municipality in the heart of the city. This museum is dedicated to Yerevan and 11 historic capitals of Armenia. More than 90.000 archeological, ethnographic and numismatic exhibits of the museum throw light on the history of the city beginning from ancient times up to our days.
Monday-Saturday: 11:00 – 17:30 Sunday: Closed
Address: 1/1 Arghishti Str.,
Tel. + 374 10 56 81 85
THE HISTORY MUSEUM OF ARMENIA
The History Museum of Armenia was founded in 1919. The museum is situated in Republic Square. The national collections consist of 400 thousand items (archeological, ethnographical, documental, numismatic, etc.) which represent the historical Armenia, reflecting the complete picture of the history of Armenia’s culture from the remote pas (about one million years ago) up to present day.
Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00 – 18:00 Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
Address: Hanrapetutyan Square 4
Tel. + 374 10 58 27 61
THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ARMENIA
The National Gallery of Armenia (NGA) is situated in Republic Square. In was founded in 1921. In 56 exhibition halls the visitors are invited to enjoy Fine Arts by Armenian, Russian, West-European and Eastern artists of different historical period. The NGA collection comprises around 26 thousand artworks: oil paintings, sculptures, graphics and decorative applied arts.
Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00 – 17:30
Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
Address: 1 Arami Str.,
Tel. + 374 10 58 08 12
MATENADARAN – MUSEUM OF ANCIENT MANUSCRIPTS
The Matenadaran, Mesrop Mashtots Research Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, which dominates the centre of Yerevan, is located on a hill at the end of Mashtots Avenue. It-s a huge basalt building which is typical to Armenian architecture of Middles Ages. It was founded in 1959 on the basis of the state repository of manuscripts and named after Mesrop Mashtots (the creator of Armenian alphabet). This is a unique Institution of Ancient Manuscripts where 17 thousand manuscripts are kept, 14.5 thousand of which are in Armenian and 2.5 thousand in foreign Languages – Arabic, Assyrian, Persian, Indian, Georgian, Latin and Ethiopian.
Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00 – 17:00
Sunday / Monday: Closed
Address: 53 Mashtots Avenue,
Tel. + 374 10 51 30 00
EREBUNI HISTORICO – ARCHEOLOGICAL
This museum was established in 1968, on the 2750th anniversary of Yerevan’s foundation. About 20 thousand archeological exhibits are displayed here. The most interesting exhibits are the silver horn-like cups, coral necklaces, stamps, worship statues, and swords.
Tuesday-Sunday: 10:30 – 16:30
Address: 38 Erebuni Str.,
Tel. + 374 10 45 82 07
THE MUSEUM OF SERGEI PARAJANOV
The Museum of S. Parajanov was founded in 1988. S. Parajanov was not only a world famous personality in filmmaking art, but also a great master of decorative art and collage. He embodied in his creations the spiritual culture of Transcaucasia. He created a new poetic language in cinema. The main part of the collection is Parajanov’s works: drawings, texts for films, dolls, hats as well as his furnishings and personal items brought from his house in Tbilisi.
Monday-Sunday: 10:30 – 17:00
Address: 1st Dzoragyugh, Tel. + 374 10 53 84 73
THE MEMORIAL-MUSEUM OF ARAM KHACHATRYAN
The museum was founded in 1984. Over 18 thousand valuable exhibits are kept in the house-museum, and more 12500 out of them are included in the main fund of the museum. The composer’s manuscripts, his personal correspondence and many other things occupy a special place in the collection. The museum also includes a National collection of unique musical instruments (about 5000).
Monday-Saturday: 11:00 – 16:30
Address: 3 Zarobyan Str., Tel. + 374 10 52 26 91
Komitas Museum-Institute is located in Yerevan, in the park named after Komitas. It is one of the centers of cultural heritage of Armenia. The personality of the composer and musical ethnographer Komitas (1869-1935) is associated with Armenian identity. During the tour in the cultural center you will be accompanied by unique music recorded by Komitas in Paris in 1912.
Monday-Sunday: 11:00 – 16:30
Address: 28 Arshakunyats Ave.,
Tel. + 374 11 57 05 70
MODERN ART MUSEUM OF YEREVAN
Modern Art Museum was founded in 1972. As a specialized museum of contemporary and modern art it became the first in the Soviet Union. For further 20 years it was unique modern art center in the above mentioned region. Today Modern Art Museum, as usual, is waiting for its visitors, who along with the visual acquaintance with Armenian modern art pieces can also get professional comments in Armenian, Russian and foreign languages.
Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00 – 18:00
Address: 7 Mashtots Ave.,
Tel. + 374 10 53 53 59
THE MUSEUM OF RUSSIAN ART
This museum was founded in 1984. The principal fund includes 311 exhibits, 232 of which are on display. These include the artworks of Russian painters of late 19th – early 20th centuries, sketches for theatrical productions and graphic artworks.
Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00
Sunday: 11:00 – 15:30
Address: 38 Isahakyan Str.,
Tel. + 374 10 56 08 72
CAFESJIAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Cafesjian Center for the Arts, which is a unique museum-foundation, is located in the staircases of the Cascade. The collection of more than 5000 artworks includes one of the most comprehensive glass collections in the world.
Friday-Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00
Monday – Thursday: Closed
Address: The Cascade,
Tel. + 374 10 56 72 62
THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE MUSEUM-INSTITUTE
This museum-institution with focus on research and cultural issues was established in 1995 concurrently commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Genocide. The exhibits: many documents, authentic photos and the Genocide victim’s personal effects and encased relics illustrate the details of some of the most horrible events of the 20th century (1915 – 1923) and reflect the world’s attitude towards the Armenian Genocide.
Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00
Address: 8/8 Tsitsernakaberd highway,
Tel. + 374 10 39 09 81
THE STATE MUSEUM OF NATURE OF ARMENIA
The Museum was founded in 1954. This is unique museum where Armenia’s land composition, the species of flora and fauna, starting with small insects up to burly mammals are presented. The species, which are registered in the Red Book, are exhibited here. The museum fund consists of about 7500 exhibits.
Tuesday-Friday: 10:30 – 16:30
Saturday – Sunday: 10:30 – 16:00
Address: 34 Tigran Mets Ave.,
Tel. + 374 10 52 79 42
THE MUSEUMS OS ARMENIAN COGNAC
There are two factories of Cognac in Yerevan and each of them has its museum. One is situated in “Ararat” Yerevan Brandy Company which is also “Ararat” heritage centre-museum that opened its doors to the public in 2000. Here the visitors can get acquainted with the history of Ararat Cognac brand, degust the magnificent cognac and admire the huge oak casks. In this building there is a Cognac Shop where the visitors can get the assortment of Ararat brandy and other alcoholical beverages of Pernod Ricard Company.
Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – 18:00
Address: 2 Admiral Isakov Ave.,
Tel. + 374 10 51 01 00
The second one is situated in the historical building in Ararat Brandy-Wine-Vodka Factory of Yerevan. The visitors have the opportunity to get acquainted with the history of the factory and enjoy the immortal flavor and degust the assortment of brandy “Noy”. The visiting-card of this factory is the historical place of old Erivan Fortress (the 16th century) where the visitors can go downstairs and see the secret ways of the fortress.
Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – 18:00
Address: 9 Admiral Isakov Ave.,
Tel. + 374 10 54 70 48
THE MUSEUM OF FOLK ART OF ARMENIA AFTER HOVHANNES SHARAMBEYAN
This museum is situated at the end of Abovyan Street in Khachatur Abovyan Square. Here one can find Armenian decorative-applied and pictorial works and various things which are made by Armenian masters and are considered to be the indivisible part of folk art. The Museum of Folk Art of Armenia was opened in 1978. Now the collection has about 12.000 exhibits.
Monday – Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00
Address: 64 Abovyan Str.,
Tel. + 374 10 56 93 83