The National Gallery of Armenia is a special place among the cultural centers of the republic. The rich collection includes numerous national and international fine arts, decorative-applied art exhibits, from ancient times to the present days. The main core of the collection is Armenian art, which is represented by the most important stages of historical development - medieval frescoes and miniatures, church painting, sculpture, applied art, a brilliant constellation of modern and contemporary periods.
Foreign art includes the works of the Italian, Flemish, French and famous masters of other schools (Tintoretto, P. Strozzi, Van Gogh, P. Claes, Rousseau, J. Falcone, R. Kent, etc).
The gallery was founded in 1921 by the decision of Soviet Armenia, according to which one of the 5 sections of the State Museum had to be devoted to Art.
Famous Armenian painter Martiros Saryan is appointed as the first director of the gallery.The gallery is located on Abovyan street, in the the building of the former male gymnasium. There was also a library and a concert hall in the building. Orphaned migrants from Western Armenia have been living here on that time. That is why the museum has not had one single showroom.
The list of those invited to the opening ceremony of the National Gallery in 1921 has been preserved. Famous artists Karo Halabyan and Romanos Melikyan were among the invited guests. Officials, students, pupils, musicians and actors were also on the list.
The collection of the first exhibition of the museum was purchased from the 5th exhibition hall of the Armenian Artists' Union. The National Gallery is currently in the heart of Yerevan, on the Republic Square. The gallery consists of a number of collections.
The Armenian collection is documentary copies of Armenian medieval frescoes and miniature paintings.The works of the renowned Armenian miniature painters have their unique place in the gallery.
The Russian painting collection is unique in the gallery . This collection has begun to form from the first years of the gallery's creation.
The works of the masters of Western European countries are also presented in the National Gallery.
The gallery had 65,000 visitors in 2005. The branches of the National Gallery are located in Dilijan and Hrazdan.
For the Free entrance to Armenian national gallery you can purchase Yerevan Card, which includes about 40 museums and has a lot of privileges that are intended to provide an interesting and economical trip for tourists. You can learn about Yerevan Card types here. If you have any questions or problems, please call (+374) 12 22 33 22, or write to our e-mail address and contact us by online chat.
1 Aram Str.
Yerevan 0010, Republic of Armenia
+374 10 56-74-72
Last admission 17:00
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January 3-5: 12:00-17:00