History Museum of Armenia


icon-map4 Republic Square, RA, Yerevan

icon-phone+37410 52 06 91



icon-clock11:00 - 18:00

The History Museum was founded on 9 September 1919 and is located in the Republic Square of Yerevan, but for the visitors, it was opened on August 20, 1921. At first,  the name was Ethnographic-Anthropological Museum-Library, but after a few years it has been renamed, first to the State Central Museum of Armenia (1926), then to the Historical Museum (1935), and finally to the History Museum of Armenia (since 2003). The museum's first collections were taken from the Armenian Ethnographical Association of the Caucasus, the Nor Nakhijevan Museum of Armenian Antiquities, the Museum of Antiquities of Ani, and the Vagharshapat Repository of Ancient Manuscripts. At the end, the first collection numbered nearly 15,289 objects.

In 1935, the Government of Armenia divided the museum into several parts. The Museum of Art of the Armenian SSR was changed into the present-day National Gallery of Armenia and received 1,660 objects. The Museum of Literature has become the present-day Charents Museum of Literature and Art and received 301 objects and 1,298 manuscripts. The State Museum of Ethnography was founded in 1978 and received 1,428 objects and 584 photographs.

The History Museum exhibits about 400, 000 art crafts of the Armenian Highlands from the prehistoric times to the middle ages and our days. It publishes works on Armenian architecture, archaeology, ethnography, history and carries out educational and scientific programs on Armenian history and culture.


  • A large collection of 3rd to 2nd millennium BC Bronze items.
  • The cuneiform inscription of 782BC about the foundation of the city of Erebuni, by the King Argishti 1st.
  • A collection of Armenian coins of Artaxiad dynasty, Armenian kingdom of Cilicia, the Kiurike kingdom.
  • The historical-cultural heritage of Urartu; cuneiform inscriptions, bronze statuettes, ceramics, weapons and etc.


Here you can find

  • Archeology Department which is one of the main departments of the museum.  The Collection includes collections of the Armenian Highland from the Old Stone Age to the 15th Century AD.
  • Numismatics Department where you can see gold, silver and copper coins. 
  • New and Modern History Department. The collections of this department include documents, photographs, flags and seals of the 17th-21th centuries.
  • Ethnography Department. Here you will see the ethnographic collection, presents the17th-20th century culture, folk lifestyle decorative art of the historical-ethnographical areas in Armenia.


In this department, the important part is the restoration of especially rugs carpets, traditional costumes, church utensils and etc.


 Here you will receive information on the history, culture, and art of the Armenian people.


Working hours

The Museum is open:

From Tuesday to Saturday   11:00-18:00 (no entrance after 17:15)

Sunday                                  11:00 -17:00 (no entrance after 16:15)

The Museum is closed on:


National Holidays and Memorial Days

The Entrance Fee is 2000 AMD.


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