MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
Fridtjof Nansen Museum
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.
Fridtjof Wedel-Jarlsberg Nansen (1861-1930) was a Norwegian polymath and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He gained prominence at various points in his life as an explorer, scientist, diplomat and humanitarian. He led the team that made the first crossing of the Greenland interior in 1888, traversing the island on cross-country skis. He won international fame after reaching a record northern latitude of 86°14′ during his Fram expedition of 1893–1896. Although he retired from exploration after his return to Norway, his techniques of polar travel and his innovations in equipment and clothing influenced a generation of subsequent Arctic and Antarctic expeditions.
The Fridtjof Nansen Museum was opened in Yerevan in 2014 in Nansen Park in the 1st quarter of Nor Nork. The authors of the design and construction of the museum are benefactors, honored doctors of the RA Karlen and Sarah Yesayan, architect - Albert Sokhikyan. The area of the museum is 40.6 square meters. In front of the entrance to the museum, there is a monument to Fridtjof Nansen.
Thanks to the published Armenian books, films, posters, sculptures and commemorative materials, visitors to the museum get acquainted with the life, scientific and humanitarian activities of the Norwegian pole vaulter, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Fridtjof Nansen.
Fridtjof Nansen combined the best qualities of a great scientist, public figure and philanthropist with exceptional harmony. He was the first to turn compassion for the poor into practice, a way of life, and personal charity into government policy. F. Nansen's struggle for human rights and justice changed the attitude of diplomats and political scientists to their own activities, set new standards in international politics.
F. Nansen's humanitarian achievement is enormous and priceless: a mission to transport food from the United States to Norway (1917-1918), aid to prisoners of war, hungry and refugees of the First World War, support of the League of Nations.
Nansen's role is invaluable in saving the two civilized Christian peoples who survived the Armenian Genocide and the Greek-Turkish war provoked by the Turks. 320,000 Armenians received citizenship with Nansen's passports in 52 countries of the world, were able to settle in houses, continue their lives, and 50,000 Armenians emigrated from Greece to their homeland and settled in Sardarapat, in which the role of F. Nansen and the Nansen Committee was also great.
In 1906, F. Nansen's book "Towards the Pole" was published in the city of Izmir. This was the first acquaintance of the Armenian reader with the famous scientist-researcher. And the book "Deceived People", published by Fridtjof Nansen after a trip to Armenia in 1925, is one of the pillars of the Armenian cause, one of the best books dedicated to Armenia and the Armenian people.
A monument to the benefactor Karlen Yesayan and a "Winged Khachkar" dedicated to his memory have also been erected on the territory of the museum.
Tuesday - Saturday 10: 00 -17:00
Sunday, Monday, and Holidays: Closed
The entrance to the museum is free.