Armenian Museum of America

65 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472 - United States

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The Armenian Museum presents the largest and most diverse collection of Armenian objects outside of the Republic of Armenia. Our updated galleries include ancient Urartian artifacts, medieval manuscripts, Kütahya ceramics, textiles, liturgical objects, and contemporary art. Through an active special exhibition and events program, we provide new experiences for returning visitors as well as those who are new to Armenian culture and history.

A brand new special exhibition featuring works by photographer Zaven Khachikyan will be on display in our 3rd floor Haig & Adele Der Manuelian Galleries.

April is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Month in which Armenians around the world commemorate the events that began in 1915. Visit our Armenian Genocide exhibition to learn more about the extermination of 1.5 million Armenians by the Turkish Ottoman Empire, and about the efforts of the Near East Relief organization to provide humanitarian relief to Armenians, saving the lives of a million refugees and more than 100,000 orphans of the Genocide.

Exhibits

Armenia: art, culture, eternity
The Armenian Museum recently unveiled an elegant introductory gallery called "Armenia: art, culture, eternity" that presents major themes of Armenian culture through significant objects from the collection. Topics such as the ancient origins of the Kingdom of Urartu in the Armenian Highlands, the development and invention of a unique Indo-European language and alphabet, the early adoption of Christianity, Armenian medieval illuminated manuscripts, interconnected trade routes, and the tragedy of the Genocide are presented along custom-designed table cases that float on stone platforms.

Karsh: Celebrating Humanity
For viewers around the world, Yousuf Karsh defined the photographic portrait in the twentieth century. Specializing in the creation of iconic images of the world’s leading figures—statesmen, writers, actors, artists, musicians, and scientists—Karsh made images that resonated deeply with his audience. Karsh’s rise to international success began in 1941 with a portrait of Winston Churchill, and he became the world’s most sought-after portrayer of famous and powerful people.

Karsh wrote of his fascination with the “inward power” of his sitters. He said that it was his goal to “photograph the great in spirit, whether they be famous or humble.” This exhibition features a rare opportunity to view the lesser-known aspects of the photographer’s career, from his early photographic forays, to personal images, and in “on assignment” work that reveals the humanity with which he approached all people.

The Armenian Genocide
The exhibit is a powerful visual narrative of the events of the Armenian Genocide, and the continuing aftermath and denial by the Turkish government over generations. The visitor will find a chronological narrative of the tragic events leading up to World War 1, the years of Genocide (1915-1923), and the continued denial to the present, with objects used to tell the personal stories and experiences of those who were victims of the Genocide.

April is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Month and Armenians around the world commemorate the events of April 24,1915. Visit our Armenian Genocide exhibition to learn more about the extermination of 1.5 million Armenians by the Turkish Ottoman Empire, and about the efforts of the Near East Relief organization to provide humanitarian relief to Armenians, saving the lives of a million refugees and more than 100,000 orphans of the Genocide.

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