Why do we all travel? What motivates us leave the comfort of our homes and step on unknown lands? Some people travel for merely meeting new people and making friends, others seek fulfillment in hiking and paragliding adventures, still others may crave for exploring new culture and traditions. If you’ve followed our previous blogposts, you may have already learnt that that you can dip into all those experiences (a bunch of others, like, savoring the delicacies of the local cuisine) during your trip to Armenia. However, if you’re more of a history geek or an art lover, who can’t imagine traveling without the historical/cultural/art components, here is a list of top Armenian museums located in Yerevan, capital of Armenia for you to consider.
Museums in Yerevan: History Museum of Armenia
Why should you visit? Well, obviously, it’s always a good idea to get acquainted with the history of a country you’re visiting, even if you’ve googled a lot of info about your destination beforehand. Google is the online know-it-all, of course, but, hey, there is an offline world out there! Nothing can compare to the real encounter with ancient collection of relics, artifacts, numismatics and ethnography items. This and many more can be found at the History Museum of Armenia which is a great place to start your historical/cultural tour inside Armenia.
Location – 4 Republic Square
Opening hours – 11:00 a.m.- 18:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (Sunday- 11:00- 17:00), last admission – 17:15.
Museums in Yerevan: Matenadaran
Why should you visit? Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, or Matenadaran, is home to the world’s richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books – an unrivalled collection of 17 000 manuscripts and 30 000 other documents on wide array of subjects. History geeks, rejoice!
Location – 53 Mashtots Avenue, Yerevan
Opening hours – 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
Museums in Yerevan: Cafesjian Center for the Arts (CCA)
Why should you visit? Located in the heart of Yerevan, “Cascade” park, CCA can offer you a diverse arts experience- guided tours inside the museum which features a large collection of modern art masterpieces, souvenir shopping in the museum store and encounters with modern art sculptures artfully “scattered” outside of the complex. A bonus: once you’re on top of the CCA complex, you’ll be exposed to an enthralling panoramic view of the city- a great place to capture the city’s beauty especially at night.
Location- 10 Tamanyan street, Yerevan
Opening hours – (for Visitor Center, Museum Store, Khanjyan Gallery, and all Exhibition Galleries)- Tuesday – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Museums in Yerevan: Armenian Genocide Museum
Why should you visit? Well, honestly, this museum is not for faint-hearted. But it’s a must-visit since the subject of Genocide makes a central part in the history of Armenia. It features a large collection of documents on the first genocide of the 21st century (however, the most horrific images and documentaries are not exhibited for objective reasons).
Location –Tsitsernakaberd hill, Yerevan
Opening hours- 11.00-16.00, from Tuesday through Sunday. (The museum is closed on official holidays (December 30, 31, January 1-6, March 8, May 1, 9, 28, July 5, September 21; and extended hours on April 24).
Museums in Yerevan: Parajanov Museum
Why should you visit? With over 1,400 exhibits- installations, collages, assemblages, drawings, dolls, unpublished screenplays, and other artworks created by the Sergey Parajanov, great Armenian film maker and artist- the museum will be a fulfilling discovery both for art connoisseurs admiring Parajanov’s art and those who’re just curious to plunge into something new.
Location- Dzoragiugh Ethnographic Center, buildings 15&16
Opening hours – 10:30 a.m. through 17:00, every day
Museums in Yerevan: Megerian Carpet Museum
Why should you visit? Museum is a must- visit for those who want to admire the state-of-the-art gems of Armenian craftsmanship and buy an authentic piece of Armenian tapestry as a souvenir to take home. More interested in the process of creation of the rugs? Book a tour and watch how these masterpieces of tapestry are created -from dyeing of the yarns by using vegetable dyes, up to weaving, shearing and finishing. For more information and the catalogue of the rugs, you can check out the website of the company.
Location – 9 Madoyan street, Yerevan
Opening hours – 09:00 – 18:00, Monday through Saturday (half-day)
Museums in Yerevan: Yerevan Brandy Factory
Why should you visit? Yerevan Brandy Factory should be included in your ”must-visit” and ”must-taste” list in Yerevan. Why? Because it’s here that you will not only learn how the local brandy is made but also sample various types of delicious brandies, which were the favorite of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, by the way.
Location- 2 Admiral Isakov Avenue, Yerevan
Opening hours – 09:00- 18:00, Monday through Sunday.
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Should you need more information about the museum prices and tours, please, contact Ayas Tour.
Text: Sirvard Amatuni
Photos: Lucía Hovhanessian, Artem Avetisyan, Vigen Avanesyan,