Armenian Genocide Museum
The Armenian Genocide Museum contains a wealth of information about a very tragic page in Armenia's history. Here you will find a large collection of artifacts and evidence regarding the 1915 Armenian Genocide committed by Ottoman Turkey. Located near the monument dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide in Tsitsernakaberd, this museum is an important visit for those interested in accessing historical evidence on this unprecedented tragedy. Housing museum rarities, scientific objects and a library equipped with a reading hall, it is also a worthy visit to those who are interested in academic and scientific study.
The Armenian Genocide Museum opened in 1995 in commemoration of the eightieth anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The museum hosts daily visitors, among them foreign official delegations. These delegations have included Pope John Paul II, President of the Russian Federation V. Putin, President of the Republic of France J. Chirac and many others.
The museum is located in a two-story building overlooking Ararat Valley and Mount Ararat. Administrative, engineering and technical maintenance offices as well as the Komitas Hall are located on the first floor.
The first exhibit hall shows a map of the Armenian Plateau and neighboring countries. It also illustrates the Armenian settlements on the territory of Western Armenia and Ottoman Empire before 1915. The Introductory Hall exhibits photographs and demographic tables with information on the population of Armenians residing in the Ottoman Empire before the genocide. It also portrays information on the number of Armenian churches and schools in the region at that time.
The second hall houses reports and documents with eyewitness accounts of the massacre of Armenians. In this hall you can see a large selection of photographs taken during the period of 1915 through 1917. You can also find testimonies of victims concerning the atrocities, and documentary films.
The third hall displays demographic data comparing the population figures from 1914 and 1922. It also defines the number of people deported and killed. The last hall of the museum is an outdoor patio with statements that condemn the Armenian Genocide by prominent foreign politicians and intelligentsia.
The museum requires no admission fee but donations are welcome.