The Yerevan History Museum was founded in 1931. In 2005 it settled down in the new building of Yerevan Municipality which is a unified architectural complex (architect Jim Torosyan). More than 94000 samples are preserved in the museum today representing the material and spiritual culture of the capital since the ancient times up today. The museum houses archeological, ethnographic, numismatic collections, collections of paintings, written sources, photographs and so on which tell about the past and the present of the capital and its citizens.
The museum has three scientific-exposition sections in which subjects highlighting the history of Yerevan have been collected, studied and exposed. The museum also has a scientific council.
"Erebuni" historical-archeological reserve-museum was opened on October 21st, 1968 on the occasion of 2750th anniversary of Erebuni-Yerevan fortress-town foundation. This ancient site is a historical-archeological reserve-museum with a surface of 60 hectares. The architect of the building of «Erebuni» museum is Shmavon Azatyan, the sculptor - Ara Harutunyan. The reserve-museum has 2 branch museums: an early agricultural settlement of Shengavit situated on the bank of lake Yerevan and a town-fortress of Teyshebaini (Karmir blur), built by Rusa II in the middle of the VII century BC, which is located in the southwest suburb of Yerevan, on the bank of the Hrazdan river. There are 10936 archeological items in the depositories of the museum, but only 662 ones are exhibited. The museum has science-research, funds preservation, excursion and mass arrangement departments, laboratories of rehabilitation and anthropology. Annually 15000 tourists visit the museum. To set up a center of Urartology on the basis of «Erebuni» museum courses of the Urartian language are held at the museum.
Director - Mikael Badalyan
Working days and hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10:30-16:30
The Yerevan Museum of Modern Art was founded in 1972 by the efforts of Henrik Igityan, Yerevan Mayor G. Hasratyan and the best Armenian painters. As a specialized museum of modern art this establishment was the first not only in the former Soviet Union, but also in the whole socialist block. Within the following 20 years the museum kept its uniqueness. The first exhibition of the museum completely consisted of the works of the Armenian artists of the 1960s granted to the museum by them. The main exhibits of the museum are the works of Minas Avetisyan, Ashot Hovhannisyan, Martin Petrosyan, Hakob Hakobyan, Gayane Khachatryan, Vruyr Galstyan, the Elibekyan brothers, Haroutioun Galentz, Rudolph Khachatryan, Ashot Bayandur and other outstanding artists. In 2007 a new building was allocated to the museum where the works of the artists of middle and younger generation are exhibited. The artists of the 1980s such as Kamo Nigaryan, Marine Dilanyan, Albert Hakobyan, Mnavel Baghdasaryan, Arevik Arevshatyan, Ruben Grigoryan, Armen Gevorgyan, Sona Banoyan, Vahan Rumelyan, Moko Khachatryan, Gagik Ghazanchyan, Tigran Matulyan, Mushegh Mkhitaryan, Teni Vardanyan, Gabriel Manukyan, Sargis Hamalbashyan, Artur and Ararat Sargsyans and others are exhibited there. In 2004 a benefactor Grigor Muradyan granted the museum the works of well-known American-Armenian artist and sculptor Emil Kazaz. Headed by Henrik Igityan the staff of the museum prepared a number of albums, such as “Kochar”, “A. Bazhbeuk-Melikyan”, “From Hovnatanyan to Minas”,”Museum”,”Armenian palette I”, “Armenian palette II”, “Minas Avetisyan”, ‘Vruir Galstyan”, “Ashot Hovhannisyan”, as well as individual catalogues of the artists of 1980s. Now the catalogue of “Yerevan Modern Art Museum” is being prepared for publication. The museum is open from 11.00 to 18.00 Day off – Monday Entrance fee-AMD 500 Excursion service – In Armenian – AMD 2000 In foreign languages – AMD 2500 The third and fourth Fridays of each month the entrance is free of charge for pupils and students.
The museum of Fridtjof Nansen was opened in 2014, at 4/4 house of Nansen street, 1st district of Nor Nork. The construction started in 2012. The authors of the design and construction are benefactors, distinguished doctors of Armenia Karlen and Sarah Yesayan, the architect is Albert Sokhikyan. In front of the entrance to the museum the monument to Fridtjof Nansen was erected. The memorial complex consists of about 30 monuments dedicated to the heroic and tragic pages of the history of Armenian people, eminent Armenians and friends of Armenian nation. The monument to the benefactor Karlen Yesayan and the “Winged Khachkar” commemorating him are placed in the area of the museum.
Director: F. Bakhchinyan Working days: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00-18:00 Address: 4/4 house, Nansen street, 1st district of Nor Nork Admission to the museum is free.
The museum of the statesman and politician, the RA National Hero Karen Demirchyan was founded on January 9, 2001 by the decision of the RA Government. The solemn ceremony of opening of the main exhibition took place on April 20, 2007 on the event of K. Demirchyan’s 75th birthday. The museum was founded with the aim of studying and illustrating K. Demirchyan’s life and activity,perpetuation of his memory. The task of the museum is to bring up the younger generation in patriotic spirit holding up the life of K. Demirchyan as an example. There are rich document materials in the museum: documents, photos, video films, personal items, governmental awards, as well as presents received from relatives, colleagues, such as works of art, gold Olympic medals and so on. A part of them is displayed in two halls designed in modern style. The visitors of the museum have the opportunity to get acquainted with the life and activity of Demirchyan’s companions-in arms who worked with him side by side under his leadership contributing to the development of the country. Thematic exhibitions are often held in the museum: agricultural development in Armenia in 1970-1990, the history of creation of the Yerevan Metro, the history of "Yerevan-Erebuni" celebration and so on the aim of which is to summarize the activity of K.Demirchyan. At the exhibition one can also find the furniture and items of the study of the first secretaries of the central committee of the Armenian Communist party used by K. Demirchyan and the previous first secretaries. Karen Demirchyan worked at the desk shown at the exhibition during the time when he was elected the Chairman of the national Assembly as well. The museum has a library of political literature where the visitors can familiarize themselves in details with the history of Soviet and post-Soviet Armenia. The personal archive of K. Demirchyan kept in the funds of the museum is of a particular interest. The benevolent foundation “Karen Demirchyan” and the museum jointly published books, brochures, catalogues illustrating the life and activity of Karen Demirchyan. The sequel of the Soviet Armenia chronology which includes the years of 1980-1990 is being prepared for publication. The museum has an assembly hall where various events are held: scientific conferences, disputes, press conferences, meetings with representatives of science, culture, justice and politicians. The family of K. Demirchyan always takes part in the activity of the museum, particularly the Chair of the Board of "Karen Demirchyan" benevolent foundation Rima Demirchyan.