Armenian Genocide Museum is a museum in Armenian which is dedicated to the one of the greatest slaughters of 20th century called Armenian Genocide.
Armenian Genocide museum is situated near Armenian Genocide memorial on the hill called Tsitsernakaberd.
You can find all the necessary information about Armenian Genocide in this museum, including photos which were taken from the place of massacres and survived till our days.
What is Armenian Genocide?
Armenian Genocide is considered one of the greatest slaughters ever made against humanity. At the beginning of 20th century, Turkish government organized mass murders of Armenian race, which used to live in Western Armenia.
Western Armenia today is situated in the borders of Turkey. 1.5 million people were killed during these horrifying events, organized by Ottoman Empire. Historical land of Armenians, Western Armenia was fully abandoned.
The massacres started in 1914 and lasted until 1918. During the massacres, Armenians were either killed in their own homes or were forced to take such called death marches. They were forced to walk till the Deir ez-Zor, Syrian Desert, where they were killed.
The large part of them weren’t able to continue their road because of starvation and sicknesses. The others were not allowed to help the fallen ones. They had to continue their road in order not to be killed.
The commemoration day of Armenian Genocide victims is considered 24th April, as on this day in 1915 the Ottoman Empire killed all most prominent public figures in Western Armenia, including best thinkers and writers of that era.
The History of the Establishment of Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum
Armenian genocide memorial was built in 1965, dedicated to 50th anniversary of Armenian Genocide. Armenian Genocide memorial consists of 3 main buildings:
- The first one is a hundred-meter basalt wall on which are carved all the cities and villages where Armenians were
- The second is a 45-meter-high granitic pillar which symbolizes the two branches of Armenians, the ones who live in their country and the Diaspora. There is another explanation, according to which, the bigger pillar symbolizes the historical Greater Armenia and the small one the little land that now exists as the Republic of Armenia. They are together always with hope of everlasting and fair future.
- The third one is a building with oblique walls at the center of this building is the eternal flame which is dedicated to the victims of Armenian Genocide.
- Near the Armenian Genocide memorial is located Armenian Genocide Museum and Institute. The Current director of Armenian genocide Museum is Dr. Hayk Demoyan. Armenian Genocide Museum opened its doors in 80th anniversary of Armenian Genocide. The museum has hosted huge number of visitors, including locals and tourists who are interested in this page of history in Armenia.
How to Get to Armenian Genocide Museum?
The museum is fully responsible for the donated money and every year it publishes the annual review of accounting and bookkeeping ledger. By the way here is also a bookstore inside the museum which is open during the working hours of the museum.
Armenian Genocide Museum is situated at the park near Sport complex. Those who plan to come there on foot have to walk about 15-20 minutes from Sport Complex to Athena Street.
Those who want to arrive by car have to get there on Athena Street. On the right side of the street they will see a blue sign which will help you get there.
They can take part in excursion in the Armenian Genocide Museum provided in Armenian, English, French and German.
Armenian Genocide Museum: Let’s Take a Look from Inside
Armenian Genocide Museum is one of the mostly visited museums in Armenia both by locals and tourists. The building of the museum is a rather impressive two story architectural treasure.
The first floor of the building is subterranean. Here you can see engineering and technical maintenance offices and also Komitas Hall with seats for 170 people.
Armenian Genocide Museum is one of the must-see places for the official delegations visit, while being in Armenia.
The exhibition hall is located on the second floor with 1000 square meters. There are 3 main halls of exhibitions indoor and one gallery with its hall in the outdoor part of the museum.
The place of Armenian Genocide Museum is chosen not accidently. It is built right near the Armenian Genocide Memorial. It is created to memorialize the innocent victims of Armenian Genocide.
Halls of Permanent and Temporary Exhibitions
The root mission of Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute is the understanding of the concept of Armenian Genocide and preventing such horrifying slaughters in future.
The exhibitions are permanent and temporary. You can see a huge map of Armenian Plateau engraved at the western wall of the museum.
- The first hall depicts the population and the precise area where Armenians were popularized before Armenian Genocide. In other words, it depicts the peaceful life of Armenians before the tragedy.
- The second hall depicts eyewitnesses’ evidences about Armenian Genocide. You can see large photographs on the walls various documents and documentary films in the museum. The photographs were taken during the death marches by some brave eyewitnesses who endangered their lives for the sake of public awareness.
- The exhibition depicted at the third hall shows the comparison of Armenian population figures in 1914 and 1922 and defines the huge number of people who were deported and killed. There you can also meet a unique granite tree which symbolizes eternity.
- The outdoor part of the gallery consists of inscribed statements by prominent foreign politicians, diplomats, scientists and writers condemning Armenian Genocide.
Besides permanent exhibitions the museum also holds temporary exhibitions. By the ways, there is also an Art called named after famous French-Armenian painter Jansem, which holds temporary exhibitions.
Armenian Genocide Institute
Besides being a museum, the complex is also a huge research center, that’s why it’s called Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. The main topic of research of the institute is the study all the facts connected with Armenian Genocide in detail.
It is based on scientific research of historical-documentary materials, archived documents, photos etc. The archives of documents and photographs are translated and introduced by Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.
For achieving these goals, the museum holds annual conferences round-table discussions etc. The institute consists of 6 main departments.
Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute also cooperated with various scholarly institutions of different countries. You can find publications and journals by Armenian Genocide Museum Institute in an open access.
In general, the whole Armenian Genocide Memorial complex is properly worked on. You can meet literary every piece of information connected with Armenian Genocide there. It will give you an exact image of the greatest tragedy of 20th century.
Armenian Genocide memorial complex has 120-150 000 visitors annually 80000 of which are foreigners. Every year on April 24 all Armenians visit the Armenian Genocide Memorial. They lay flowers of respect to the innocent victims of Armenian Genocide.
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