MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
History Museum of Armenia
The mission of the History Museum of Armenia is to preserve, replenish, study and publicize the Museum objects and collections, which represent the history and culture of Armenia and the Armenian people.
The History Museum of Armenia was founded in 1919 following the Law passed by the Parliament of the Armenian Republic. It was formed on the basis of collections of Caucasian Armenian Ethnographic Company, museums of Armenian antiquities of Nor Nakhchevan, antiquity depository of Ani, and Vagharshapat.
The museum is situated in Republic Square. First time the museum opened its doors for the visitors in 1921.
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 past (about one million years ago) up to present day. In this museum you can see maps of Armenia in different historical periods (even before Christ Armenia was indicated on maps), as well as a rare collection of ancient stone tools and bronze objects, exquisite exhibits of Urartu civilization, ancient wooden different countries, sculptures, frescoes, cross-tones, a large variety of Armenian carpets and exhibits representing Christian culture etc.
In the current permanent exhibition halls of the museum, you can see the oldest footwear found in the Areni cave (3600-3500 BC); the reconstruction of an Early Bronze Age dwelling and a ritual hearth from Shengavit (29th-26th century BC), a necklace from Gegharot (29th-26th century BC) and the ancient golden hairpins (35th-26th century BC); the exceptional silver goblet of Karashamb (22nd-21st century BC) and the gold goblet of Vanadzor with images of lions (18th-17th century BC); reconstructions of excavated tombs from Lchashen with wooden burial wagons (15th-14th century BC); iron belts and the symbol of the solar system (12th-11th century BC); shields and helmets of Urartian kings, including Argishti, Sarduri, Rusa; the inscription on the foundation of Yerevan; a model of an early Armenian temple and ritual statuettes of soldiers; the boundary stones of King Artashes and coins of Tigran the Great; a marble sculpture of the goddess Aphrodite; a fragment of a mosaic excavated from Artashat, and many other unique and highly valuable examples.
Entrance tickets can be purchased both locally and online.