Museum Night 2018
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Learn more about Armenia's greatest museums ahead of the Museum Night 2018.
Museum Night 2018 in Armenia
Although Armenia is deemed to be an open-air museum, there are still plenty of indoor museums to visit in the country. The annual Museum Night on May 19 is a perfect chance to take advantage of the free access to Armenian museums. The event takes place in Armenia since 2005 with the support of ICOM, UNESCO, and EU. This year the Museum Night will take place on May 19 under the name "Ultra-connected museums: new museums, new communities". 116 museums have joined the event and will host thousands of visitors for free.
If you are anywhere in Armenia on May 18, 19 here are the top museums you can visit in the capital Yerevan and regions.
History Museum of Armenia
Located on the Republic Square in Yerevan, History Museum exists for almost a century. It features more than 400,000 specimens which increase over time due to new excavations. The museum presents Armenian history and culture from prehistoric times till our days. You will find here cuneiform inscriptions, statuettes, ornaments, coins, jewelry, pottery, documents, and etc. The museum is home to the oldest leather shoe in the world, 5,500 year old, found by international archaeologists in Armenia. The museum has been recently renovated and is one of the largest and most visited museums.
Martiros Saryan House-Museum
Martiros Saryan is the most prominent Armenian painter due to his unique style of playing with colors. If you are a color-lover, then you must visit this museum. Saryan is famous for his colorful and picturesque landscapes and portraits. The house-museum, located on Saryan Street, was once his studio that is now open to public. Saryan is an internationally-acclaimed painter and some of his works are presented in Russia and Ukraine.
Creativity is in the air in Sergei Parajanov museum. The artist and film director, who has never lived in Armenia, has left his country a huge cultural heritage. He and his works are an embodiment of originality, fantasy and wit. The museum presents his collages, drawings, dolls, ceramics, and furniture. The backdoor of the museum will open you up to a panorama to the Mount Ararat. Art is all around here.
Museum of Modern Art
Established in 1972, Modern Art Museum of Yerevan was the first in the former Soviet Union. It featured Armenian contemporary artists of that time that have now become classics. The museum enriches its collections with the works of younger generations. Many foreign visitors confirm that MOMA of Yerevan is not like any other museum of contemporary art in the world.
Armenian Genocide Museum
The Genocide Museum is located next to the Armenian Genocide Memorial, Tsitsernakaberd. The museum presents evidences of the Armenian Genocide based on scientific research of historical materials, archived documents, photographic documentation, as well as eye-witnessed accounts. The exhibitions are in print, multimedia, projectors and touch screens. The building of the museum opens up a panorama of Mount Ararat and Yerevan.
Other museums in Yerevan that are particularly interesting for tourists are:
- National Gallery,
- Cafesjian Center for Art,
- Yerevan Museum,
- Erebuni Museum-Reserve,
- Arev Art Gallery, and many others.
Do not miss your chance to visit these museums on May 19, free of charge.
Outside of the Capital
If you are in regions of Armenia plan to visit some of these museums:
- Zvartnots Historical-Cultural Museum-Reserve (Armavir region),
- Ejmiatsin Museum (Armavir region),
- Hovhannes Tumanyan Museum (Lori region),
- Minas Avetisyan Museum (Shirak region),
- Museum of National Architecture and Urban Life (Shirak region),
- Dilijan Geology Museum (Tavush region),
- Shushi Geology Museum (Artsakh).
Have a good time during the Museum Night Armenia 2018. You will have wonderful impressions inside the doors of Armenian museums.