Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, Yerevan

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Explore one of world's richest depositories of ancient books and manuscripts at Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts. Established in 1959 at the foot of a small hill, the archive houses a vast collection of writings on a broad range of scientific and cultural topics, including art, history, philosophy, geography, medicine, literature, languages, and cosmography. Explore the elaborately decorated marble interior, with statues of notable Armenian scholars, exhibited ancient relics, and a series of treasured books. You can hire a local guide to learn more about the museum's mission and fully immerse yourself in Armenian culture and history. To visit Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts on your holiday in Yerevan, and find out what else Yerevan has to offer, use our Yerevan itinerary planner.
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  • To be fair, I didn't get a tour. I saw people giving tours in languages other than English and they seemed to give a lot of information. They have an impressive collection but it was too many manuscri...  more »
  • Great place, full of history, mainly Armenian ancient gospels, some are well reserved in a good condition. Lots of letters in Persian and Arabic. Admission fees are 1000 AMD but if you wanna take pict...  more »
  • We opted for a tour and were so glad we did...the history behind these pieces is so interesting! If you come to Yerevan, this is a must-see.  more »