Armenian Museum of America

Armenian Museum of America art, culture, and eternity The Armenian Museum of America, located in Watertown, Mass. is an institution that has the largest collection of Armenian artifacts in North America.
The Armenian Museum of America was created to locate, collect, preserve, and present the culture, history, art, and contributions of the Armenian people during the past 3,000 years. Our library holds a vast collection of titles including rare books, historical and literary publications. The Museum has amassed an expansive treasure trove of inscribed Armenian rugs and textiles, ceramics, metalware, Urartian objects, medieval illuminations, ancient and medieval Armenian coins, and various other creations by the Armenian people.

06/07/2019
The Black Sea Salsa Band

Thank to everyone who came out last night for the last First Thursday of the season! As you can see, the Black Sea Salsa Band directed by Dan Teager, featuring John Baboian and other artists kept the crown dancing all night long. #firstthursdays #salsadancing #armenianmuseum

Stay tuned for information on our next First Thursdays begining this fall!

Today, on the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, we honor Armenian-American hero, SSG Berge Avadanian. On D-D...
06/06/2019

Today, on the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, we honor Armenian-American hero, SSG Berge Avadanian. On D-Day, June 6,1944 Berge was among the many brave paratroopers of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division to jump on France as part of Operation Overlord. The invasion of Normandy would mark the beginning of the end of WWII.

These incredible images were taken by Berge in the weeks and days before D-Day - in Africa shortly before they shipped out to England, and in the plane shortly before the jump.

Today we debut the Family Histories Case featuring a jacket and boots worn by Berge. Please join us this evening at 6pm as we honor him alongside his family, followed at 7pm by a musical tribute at tonight's jazz concert with the Black Sea Salsa Band.

THIS THURSDAY JUNE 6, 7pm: We are thrilled to welcome back John Baboian for our third and final Jazz Night of the season...
06/05/2019

THIS THURSDAY JUNE 6, 7pm: We are thrilled to welcome back John Baboian for our third and final Jazz Night of the season. John will be accompanying the Black Sea Salsa Band, directed by Dan Teager, who will be playing an original blend of Armenian music and Afro-Cuban Jazz.

We encourage you to join us at 6 pm for a viewing of our newest Family Histories Case featuring a uniform belonging to SSG Berge Avadanian. Then join us as we continue the celebration of Berge’s honorable life and that of other war veterans with a special musical dedication.

Special thanks to the Dadourian Foundation for their generous grant in support of our 2019 music events.

Summer Studio Starts June 26!The Summer Studio Art Classes are back! Aspiring artists will be encouraged to join the Arm...
06/03/2019

Summer Studio Starts June 26!

The Summer Studio Art Classes are back! Aspiring artists will be encouraged to join the Armenian Museum for a journey through Armenian culture to refine their individual artistic identity by exploring the wonder of creating art. The Armenian Museum is offering two sessions of two-week art programs for young artists of all backgrounds ages 6–10 and 11–14 years old. We have added new fun and exciting content to our classes, so make sure your kids don’t miss out!

For more information on dates and pricing and to sign up, please visit: https://www.armenianmuseum.org/events/summer-art-studio

Join us this Sunday, June 2nd from 1-3 pm as accomplished oud player, Harry Bedrossian plays a mix of classical and cont...
05/31/2019

Join us this Sunday, June 2nd from 1-3 pm as accomplished oud player, Harry Bedrossian plays a mix of classical and contemporary arrangements, adding an audible layer to the viewer’s experience of the objects on display. We hope to see you there!

Summer Studio Starts June 26!The Summer Studio Art Classes are back! Aspiring artists will be encouraged to join the Arm...
05/29/2019

Summer Studio Starts June 26!

The Summer Studio Art Classes are back! Aspiring artists will be encouraged to join the Armenian Museum for a journey through Armenian culture to refine their individual artistic identity by exploring the wonder of creating art. The Armenian Museum is offering two sessions of two-week art programs for young artists of all backgrounds ages 6–10 and 11–14 years old. We have added new fun and exciting content to our classes, so make sure your kids don’t miss out!

For more information on dates and pricing and to sign up, please visit: https://www.armenianmuseum.org/events/summer-art-studio

This Memorial Day we would like to honor a local veteran, Staff Sergeant Berge Avadanian. A first-generation Armenian-Am...
05/27/2019

This Memorial Day we would like to honor a local veteran, Staff Sergeant Berge Avadanian. A first-generation Armenian-American and Watertown High graduate, he was born in 1918 to John and Queenie Avadanian. Avadanian immediately enlisted in the Army following Roosevelt’s announcement that the United States would be going to war. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper and would go on to fight in Sicily, mainland Italy, the Battle of the Bulge, Operation Market Garden, and Operation Overlord, or the battle at Normandy.

He worked for the military throughout his life and in his later years was dedicated to veterans causes; he was an employee of the VA, Commander of Watertown AMVETS Post 41, and National Commander of AMVETS in 1973. He has had a lasting impact on the local and national civilian and veteran communities, and for this we honor him.

Opening on June 6, 2019 in remembrance of the 75th anniversary invasion of Normandy, or D-Day, a U.S. Army Field Jacket and boots owned by Berge Avadanian will be displayed in the rotating Family Histories Case. Please visit us to learn more about Berge and the 15,000 Armenian-Americans who served during WWII.

We are thrilled to announce Harry Bedrossian will be returning to the Museum Sundays June 2nd and 16th from 1-3pm! Be su...
05/24/2019

We are thrilled to announce Harry Bedrossian will be returning to the Museum Sundays June 2nd and 16th from 1-3pm! Be sure to catch Harry,a highly accomplished oudist, as he activates the first-floor galleries of the Armenian Museum with live music. He will play a mix of classical and contemporary arrangements, adding an audible layer to the viewer’s experience of the objects on display. We hope to see you there!

Thank you to everyone who joined us this past Sunday for a concert in honor of the 150th anniversary of the births of Ko...
05/22/2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us this past Sunday for a concert in honor of the 150th anniversary of the births of Komitas Vardapet and poet Hovhaness Tumanyan. We had a fantastic turn out and a wonderful time celebrating these Armenian icons.

Be sure to check out our other upcoming musical and performance events!

Happy belated birthday! We got you babe! On display that is. You are featured in the "Armenians in America" section of "...
05/21/2019

Happy belated birthday! We got you babe! On display that is. You are featured in the "Armenians in America" section of "Armenia: Art, Culture, Eternity," in which we highlight the important roles played by Armenians in the United States. Thank you for all you have given us in music and beyond. We hope you can visit sometime! #cher #dancingqueen

RETURNED! After a wonderful showing as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Armenia!" exhibition, two of our illumi...
05/20/2019

RETURNED! After a wonderful showing as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Armenia!" exhibition, two of our illuminated manuscripts have been returned, examined, and placed back in their case. Come view the newly reinstalled hymnal (1488) and Liturgy of the Divine Eucharist (1711, pictured) in our first floor “Highlights Gallery,” Thursdays – Sundays, 12-6pm.

NEW EXHIBITION!Visit us this Saturday to view, "In the Shadow of Branches", an exhibition which explores the intertwined...
05/17/2019

NEW EXHIBITION!
Visit us this Saturday to view, "In the Shadow of Branches", an exhibition which explores the intertwined lives of diplomat Diana Agabeg Apcar (1859–1937) and artist Berjouhi Kailian (1914–2014). In 1919, history connected these two women in Yokohama, Japan. As refugees from the Armenian Genocide, Berj and her mother found themselves in the shadow of Diana’s sturdy branches as she helped them find their way to a new home in the United States. Berj’s creative life flourished for 95 more years because of Diana’s compassion.

PLEASE NOTE: the museum's Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor will be closed for viewing on Sunday, May 19th in order to host a free public concert honoring composer Komitas Vardapet and Poet Hovhaness Tumanyan.

Join us this Sunday, May 19  for a concert in honor of the 150th anniversary of the births of Komitas Vardapet and poet ...
05/15/2019

Join us this Sunday, May 19 for a concert in honor of the 150th anniversary of the births of Komitas Vardapet and poet Hovhaness Tumanyan.

This performance will feature Levon Hovsepian, Lilit Karapetian-Shougarian, Knarik Nerkararain, Ruzan Kheranyan, and Ani Arakelians Avakian, alongside the Sargis Karapetyan Quartet, whose members include Sargis Karapetyan, Armen Ghazaryan, Dr. Lilit Muradyan, and Zarina Irkaeva.

Compositions by Komitas, renowned composer and ethnomusicologist, and poetry by Hovhaness Tumanyan, considered the national poet of Armenia, will be brought to life by these talented performers.

Free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of the Dadourian Foundation.

2–4 pm in the Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor. Reception following performance.

Image: Komitas Vardapet, 1911.

Happy Mother's Day from the Armenian Museum! In celebration of this day, we are sharing a portrait of Mother Teresa take...
05/12/2019

Happy Mother's Day from the Armenian Museum! In celebration of this day, we are sharing a portrait of Mother Teresa taken by Yousuf Karsh in 1988 and currently on view in the Museum's gallery "Karsh: Celebrating Humanity."

Of the portrait, Karsh recalled, “At the residence of the Archbishop of Ottawa, Mother Teresa was an honored guest. It was one stop on an exhausting fundraising tour for her order of compassionate nursing sisters, who minister to the world’s poorest and neediest. She was a diminutive, fiercely independent, single-minded whirlwind amid a sea of solicitous well-wishers who had scheduled her every moment. She declined the prepared elegant luncheon and chose instead to eat in the kitchen. Learning of our photographic session, she initially demurred, without false modesty, and then graciously agreed if it would help her order. Clearly in charge of her agenda, she countermanded yet another reception and insisted, instead, on visiting an orphanage.”

05/03/2019
The John Baboian Quartet, May 2 2019

Thank you to everyone who came out for last night's concert with The John Baboian Quartet! We had a phenomenal time and can't wait for the next concert on Thursday, June 6 with The Black Sea Salsa Band. For now, enjoy this brief clip of the band, alongside featured vocalist Christina Baboian.

Join us TONIGHT, May 2, for an evening of live jazz, wine, and dancing—Armenian style!We are thrilled to welcome John ...
05/02/2019
First Thursdays: Jazz at the Armenian Museum

Join us TONIGHT, May 2, for an evening of live jazz, wine, and dancing—Armenian style!

We are thrilled to welcome John Baboian to our newly-renovated contemporary space. John has been teaching guitar at Berklee College of Music for 39 years and brings his amazing talent and fellow musicians to light up this venue.

The John Baboian Quartet features Baboian on guitar, Daniel Ian Smith on woodwinds, Bruce Gertz on bass, and Larry Finn on drum set. The quartet plays mainstream and contemporary jazz and Latin music, mainly composed by Baboian but with a few choice standards. The members have performed around the world with a variety of great musicians.

This evening, The John Baboian Quartet performs with special guest vocalist and clarinetist, Christina Baboian!

Full event details can be found by following the link below. We hope to see you tonight!

Thursday, May 2 from 7:30–9:30 pm 6–7 pm: Gallery hours will be extended until 7 pm for guest to explore the Museum. 7 pm: Reception in the Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor 7:30–9:30 pm: The John Baboian Quartet, with special guest Christina Baboian Also on:

Join us this Thursday, May 2 for an evening of live jazz, wine, and dancing—Armenian style!We are thrilled to welcome ...
04/29/2019
First Thursdays: Jazz at the Armenian Museum

Join us this Thursday, May 2 for an evening of live jazz, wine, and dancing—Armenian style!

We are thrilled to welcome John Baboian to our newly-renovated contemporary space. John has been teaching guitar at Berklee College of Music for 39 years and brings his amazing talent and fellow musicians to light up this venue.

The John Baboian Quartet features Baboian on guitar, Daniel Ian Smith on woodwinds, Bruce Gertz on bass, and Larry Finn on drum set. The quartet plays mainstream and contemporary jazz and Latin music, mainly composed by Baboian but with a few choice standards. The members have performed around the world with a variety of great musicians.

On May 2, The John Baboian Quartet performs with special guest vocalist and clarinetist, Christina Baboian!

Full event details can be found by following the link below. We hope to see you on Thursday!

Thursday, May 2 from 7:30–9:30 pm 6–7 pm: Gallery hours will be extended until 7 pm for guest to explore the Museum. 7 pm: Reception in the Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor 7:30–9:30 pm: The John Baboian Quartet, with special guest Christina Baboian Also on:

The Armenian Museum is open from noon to 6 pm all weekend! Come see what's new at the Museum, including the recently com...
04/27/2019

The Armenian Museum is open from noon to 6 pm all weekend! Come see what's new at the Museum, including the recently completed first-floor gallery and newly revealed exhibition, "In the Shadow of Branches: Diana Apcar | Berj Kailian."

Pictured: Visitors explore "In the Shadow of Branches: Diana Apcar | Berj Kailian" during the April 24, 2019 opening. Photo credit: David Elizian.

Opening Tonight! "In the Shadow of Branches: Diana Apcar | Berj Kailian"OPENING RECEPTION & GALLERY TALK:April 24, 2019,...
04/24/2019

Opening Tonight! "In the Shadow of Branches: Diana Apcar | Berj Kailian"

OPENING RECEPTION & GALLERY TALK:
April 24, 2019, 6–8:30 pm

6 pm: Candlelight gallery viewing to observe Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, 1st floor

7 pm: Reception and gallery talk, Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor. Reception by Vicki Lee and Eastern Lamejun, graciously hosted by the Kailian Family in loving memory of their mother.

Complimentary parking has been secured for Museum guests at the Santander Parking Lot on Church Street. Signage will be posted. Overflow parking is available, as always, in the municipal parking lot behind the Museum (free after 6 pm).

In the Shadow of Branches: Diana Apcar | Berj Kailian opens tonight in recognition of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. The Armenian Museum wishes to engage in meaningful dialogue around this solemn subject that permeates Armenian experience around the world.

Քրիստոս Յարեաւ ի ﬔռելոցՕրհնեալ է Յարութիւնն ՔրիստոսիChrist has risen from...
04/21/2019

Քրիստոս Յարեաւ ի ﬔռելոց
Օրհնեալ է Յարութիւնն Քրիստոսի

Christ has risen from the dead
Blessed is his resurrection

Wishing you a very happy Easter from the Armenian Museum!

The Museum is closed today for the holiday. We will open at 6 pm on Wednesday, April 24 for a candlelight viewing of the galleries in honor of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day and the opening of our new exhibition, "In the Shadow of Branches: Diana Apcar | Berj Kailian."

Pictured: Ornamental Egg, 18th century. Egg-shaped ornaments hang on church lanterns as decorations and are also said to have provided a practical function by preventing rodents from accessing lamp oil further down the chain. Made in Kütahya, many were brought as gifts by devout Armenians on pilgrimages. The six-winged angels (seraphim) motif is found in Christian, Judaic, and Islamic art.

Celebrate Easter at the Armenian Museum by joining our Armenian Egg Dyeing Workshop happening TODAY, Saturday, April 20 ...
04/20/2019

Celebrate Easter at the Armenian Museum by joining our Armenian Egg Dyeing Workshop happening TODAY, Saturday, April 20 from 2–5 pm! Taught by Armenian artist Marsha Nouritza Odabashian, this workshop explores the traditional Armenian Easter practice of decorating eggs using onion skin dye techniques. All ages are welcome so just show up ready to share in this beautiful Armenian tradition.

The natural process of boiling onion skins produces a magical red dye, which gives an amazing range of various shades of red and brown. Herbs and flowers are placed on the shell to resist the dye to form enchanting patterns.

$15, Members receive a 20% discount: $12

Walk-ins are welcome!

“In the Shadow of Branches: Diana Apcar | Berj Kailian” opens in just one week! Here, Collections Manager Zoë Quinn...
04/17/2019

“In the Shadow of Branches: Diana Apcar | Berj Kailian” opens in just one week! Here, Collections Manager Zoë Quinn adjusts a kimono once owned by Diana Apcar, and currently on loan from the Armenian Cultural Foundation. Among her treasured possessions, it made its way to San Francisco where her family emigrated after her death.

Join us on Wednesday, April 24 from 6 to 8:30 pm to learn more about Apcar’s fascinating life as an Armenian merchant and diplomat living in Japan, and the incredible impact she had on the lives of fellow Armenians following the Genocide. We look forward to sharing Diana Apcar and Berj Kailian’s stories of persistence, survival, and witness at the opening.

Berjouhi Kailian was born on October 25, 1914 in Keghi, Armenia. Berj and her mother escaped the Armenian Genocide, surv...
04/09/2019

Berjouhi Kailian was born on October 25, 1914 in Keghi, Armenia. Berj and her mother escaped the Armenian Genocide, surviving through the endless forced marches and deportations that took them from Keghi to Yerevan. Along the way, Berj’s brother and sisters were lost—she survived only because she was tied to her mother’s back.

As an adult and Armenian-American artist, Berj’s work straddled the line between the real world and her earliest memories, as a child fleeing the genocide. She explored abstractions of ancient Armenian architecture that were not meant to provide a literal representation of Armenian cityscapes, but rather, illustrate how they felt to her as a refugee and a child.

To see more of Berj Kailian’s works and to hear the fascinating, untold story of how her life intertwined with diplomat Diana Apcar, please join us for the opening of "In the Shadow of Branches: Diana Apcar | Berj Kailian" on April 24 from 6–8:30 pm.

Pictured: Untitled. Mixed media on masonite, c. 1970. Gift of the Kailian family, 2018.

Today (Sunday, April 7) is the last day to view "Amper." This visually arresting exhibition of work by Artist-in-Residen...
04/07/2019

Today (Sunday, April 7) is the last day to view "Amper." This visually arresting exhibition of work by Artist-in-Residence Arevik Tserunyan activates needlelaces from the Museum's collection, some of which were created by Armenian orphans during and after the Genocide. Stop by the Museum from noon to 6 PM for your last chance to view this incredible show!

Join us tomorrow evening, Thursday, April 4, for Jazz at the Armenian Museum! We are thrilled to welcome The John Baboia...
04/03/2019
First Thursdays: Jazz at the Armenian Museum

Join us tomorrow evening, Thursday, April 4, for Jazz at the Armenian Museum! We are thrilled to welcome The John Baboian Quartet to our newly-renovated contemporary space. They will be joined by featured vocalist, Sandi Bedrosian, for an evening of live jazz, wine, and dancing—Armenian style!

Non-member admission to the show is $15 and includes a Complimentary Museum Pass for a future visit. Or become a Member and admission is free—membership starts at just $50!

Starting Thursday, April 4 from 8–10 pm Also on: Thursday, May 2 from 8–10 pm Thursday, June 6 from 8–10 pm Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor FREE to Membership or FREE to non-members with Museum admission— Join! Special thanks to the Dadourian

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