The Museum of Folk Art in Armenia, named after Hovhannes Sharambeyan, is a unique cultural and art center in Yerevan. Sharambeyan is one of the great Armenian painters who played a great role in preserving and developing the folk art of Armenia. The museum's collection was gathered still from 1930 and finally, it was opened in 1978. There are represented the collections of the Armenian decorative and applied art, which includes nearly 12,000 exhibits, where you can see wood, metal and stone carving, articles of ceramics, rugs, carpets, and paintings from Armenia. Each exhibit presents the national and cultural values of our nation and the development of Armenian art.
The museum is located at the beginning of the Abovyan Street, near the statue of Khachatur Abovyan. Armenian famous painters like Martiros Saryan, Hakob Kojoyan, and Gabriel Gyurjyan participated in the enrichment of the collection.
The Yerevan folk Art Museum has a branch in Dilijan( Tavush Region) which was opened in1979. The house belonged to national-social figure, Mariam Tumanyan but Hovhannes was the last person who lived in that house meantime, running the museum works. A few years were enough for him to make this cultural center one of the best centers in the Armenian culture's history. Even nowadays the museum continues to be one of the best cultural center encouraging and organizing exhibits that develop the traditional art of Armenia.
The foundation has 4 permanent exhibition hall in which represented over 2000 exhibits. It consists of different parts:
artistic working out of metals,
350 carpets and rugs
In the museum are presented the works of famous artists like Artsrun Berberyan, Mesrop Avagyan, Rafik Badalyan, Anahit Isuntsi, Mary Ghazanchyan, Sona Garamanyan, Salone Jrbashyan, Sahak Sahakyan, Mamikon Mkhitaryan, Vahan Hatsagortsyan, Edward Ghazaryan and Jirayr Chuloyan. If you are interested in Armenian traditions, culture, and history, this museum is for you; come and discover the history of Armenia.
The Museum is open:
From Tuesday to Saturday 10:00-17:00
The Museum is closed on:
Mondays, National Holidays and Memorial Days
The entrance is 500 AMD (for adults)