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Armenian Genocide Museum, Yerevan

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Constructed into the side of a hill overlooking Mount Ararat, Armenian Genocide Museum commemorates the victims who have fallen during the Ottoman extermination of the Armenian people in 1915. First opened in 1995, the museum annually receives scores of visitors, both foreign and local, providing insight on the nation's dark history and with an aim to prevent similar tragedies. Visit the indoor exhibition hall covering 1,000 sq m (10,763 sq ft), and the outdoor gallery. Make Armenian Genocide Museum part of your personalized Yerevan itinerary using our Yerevan itinerary builder.
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  • We went on a guided tour of the museum after visiting the memorial. It was an educational and well presented museum. REQUEST A GUIDE - you won't be disappointed. We requested an English speaking guide...  more »
  • While the heart narrow and with anguish in my soul you have to visit this museum that traces the stages of the horrors perpetrated against the Armenians. Very nice outside and symbolically effective.
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  • Is under Cicernakaberdom 1) interesting 2) free (huge plus) 3) cool in summer (it is very important after waking up)
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  • A must-visit in Armenia. The museum is extremely well-done and has exhibits in English. Expect to spend at least an hour here.
  • Beautiful and sad . I wish there was no such museum but sadly there is so a must visit when in armenia
  • The museum has improved greatly after the renovation.
  • A very well done museum that truly brings to life the horrific acts of genocide against the Armenian people. The museum is a must see if you are in Armenia.
  • This is (fortunately) an unforgettable experience! We went twice, once with the guide, but the tour was too fast and I wanted the time to read all the texts​ and captions that have been carefully prepared. I knew little about the Armenian Genocide aside from Turkey stubborn refusal to admit it's crime in the face of evidence! Germany admitted it's Nazi crime and has raised generation of Germans that wouldn't repeat it's past. Turkey had not learned the lessons yet! The museum has a linear narrative that starts a few decades before the events of 1915. The exhibits are mostly photographs with a few letters and books. These are nice but not quite as powerful as the exhibits at Aushwitz, or the War museum in Ho Chi Minh City. More in line with the Great Patriotic War museum in Minsk. The reason is that too few were there to document the atrocities being committed, and the Turks didn't have the meticulous record keeping of the Nazis. Much was left to be done by thugs and jealous and opportunistic populations. The photographs are mostly from visitors, missionaries, teachers, and a few official from other countries. The captions are written in light purple on a dark purple background and not always easy to read. They are available in English Russian and of course Armenian. We spend several hours and could have spend easily more but the museum was closing and we were tired. We left with red eyes from crying so much. The closing quote from Hitler: "... And who remembers the Armenians anyway...", is the powerful reason to visit this museum. In fact the current refugee crisis of Syria, shows that everyone should be visiting the museum, as those far from crisis tend to forget to easily the plight of those affected. We received as gift from our friends several books, including the book from Aurora and a reproduction of most of the photographs of the museum and this provides great additional material to study after the visit.

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When it comes to accommodations in Yerevan, you'll find a number and a range befitting its status as the capital and most populous city in the country. Look in the Kentron (center) district, where by far the greatest number and best quality hotels can be found. Hotels in old Soviet blocks, grand former administrative buildings, or newly built high-rises offer standard to luxury rooms, along with a set of smaller hostels. With prices notoriously high for the region (and many visitors using Yerevan as a base from which to see the country), consider renting an apartment if staying for a longer period.
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