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. You can plan Yerevan trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • October 5, 2017
    I think it is the symbolic place to visit in Yerevan. It is true that it's been a century and that Armenia needs to look toward the future without ballast, but the events of 1915 have profoundly changed, sconvolgendoli, a people and a nation and you have to know them to have a full awareness of the country where you are traveling. The Museum offers exhibits and testimony and documents that guides the visitor with great clarity and charm. The exhibition is impressive and takes place in underground environments, while on the grounds above the monumental Memorial reminds with its eternal flame, the Rosetta Stone and granite circle the victims of genocide. Admission is free and inside you can take pictures. The Museum and the mausoleum are reachable by taxi because no public vehicle incredibly arrives near the area. Alternatively you can go by bus to the Palais des sports, interesting Soviet architecture, and then walk in the park for approximately 15-20 minutes (not recommended in summer due to the torrid temperatures).
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  • October 4, 2017
    This is a profoundly moving and engrossing presentation of historical evens for this region. The displays use a variety of medium and English is used.  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    I always find it hard to believe people can deny events despite compelling evidence. This museum is an attestation to the horrible genocide of 1915. In fact, I had a friend on the trip with me who's f...  more »
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  • July 13, 2017
    A must-visit in Armenia. The museum is extremely well-done and has exhibits in English. Expect to spend at least an hour here.
  • July 8, 2017
    Beautiful and sad . I wish there was no such museum but sadly there is so a must visit when in armenia
  • June 10, 2017
    The museum has improved greatly after the renovation.
  • June 12, 2017
    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.
  • May 18, 2017
    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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