Museums are built to keep manuscripts of a country’s history, to exhibit painters’ collections, and to preserve proof of artifacts’ existence.
1. Genocide Museum
There are things that the world doesn’t tell you about. Some memories remain up to the present age and leave imprints in our hearts. One of the saddest blockbusters in world history is the Armenian genocide. From the Greek word “genos” which means race and “cide” which means the act of killing, both the memorial and the museum depicts a bloody past where millions of Armenians were mass-massacred.
Records of and witnesses to the genocide are found inside the Genocide Museum (locally known as the Tsitsernakaberd), from the time it started until it lasted. Preserved manuscripts, saved bible, copies of news and media coverages from around the world, and old photographs are displayed.
Entrance fee is FREE. Guided tour is FREE. Taking photos inside the museum is NOT ALLOWED.
2. Sergei Parajanov Museum
Fully loaded with interesting handmade works of unique and strange art, the Sergei Parajanov Museum is one of the best spots known to both locals and foreigners visiting Yerevan. The museum was built as a tribute to the contribution made by the Soviet film director and artist Sergei Parajanov. Thousands of his amazing collections are showcased in the museum and most of them are made when he was still in prison. It is evident in his works that different kinds of trash, materials, and objects were turned into brilliant masterpieces of all time.
Entrance fee is AMD 700 (USD 1.45 or AED 5.47) Guided tour in English is AMD 2,500 (USD 5.18 or AED 19.53). Taking photos inside the museum is allowed for a fee of AMD 700 (USD 1.45 or AED 5.47).
3. Cafesjian Center For The Arts Museum
Inspired by the creative ideas and interesting vision of businessman and philanthropist Gerard Cafesjian, the massive staircase going up to the top and the displays of modern artworks are most impressive. The museum is located within the Yerevan Cascade. Either you climb the 572 steps all the way up or you take the elevators found at the left side of Cascade, each level brings its audience both indoor and outdoor displays of distinct arts.
Entrance fee is FREE. Taking photos inside the museum is ALLOWED.
4. Military Museum Of Mother Armenia
Armenia participated in World War II and the Nagorno Karabakh War. Exhibits, photos, documents of soldiers and national heroes awarded are kept inside the museum. Outside are replicas of fighter jets and war vehicles used during these wars. The museum is located within Victory Park. The statue of Mother Armenia was erected at the top of the museum.
Entrance fee is FREE. Taking photos inside the museum is ALLOWED WHEN DONATION IS PAID. You may check this with the museum as initially we were not permitted to do so.
5. National Museum
The national museum, nestled in the heart of the Republic Square, was divided into two. Painters’ most treasured collections are displayed inside the art museum while Armenia’s evolution from stone age up to the present are preserved inside the history museum.
Entrance fee is AMD 800 (USD 1.66 or AED 6.25) for the art museum and AMD 1,000 (USD 2.07 or AED 7.81) for the history museum. Taking photos inside the museum is NOT ALLOWED.
6. Matenadaran Museum
A home to Yerevan’s ancient manuscripts of more than 23,000 is the Matenadaran Museum. These consist of fragments and pieces procured by medieval bibliographers and workers from all over Europe.
Entrance fee is AMD 1,000 (USD 2.07 or AED 7.81). Taking photos inside the museum is NOT ALLOWED.