Armenian Museum of America

Armenian Museum of America Celebrating 50 Years! The Armenian Museum of America is a Living Museum that collects and preserves religious and cultural artifacts and artwork, and presents multi-media programs that illustrate the creative endeavors of the Armenian people.

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,

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,

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This month's Sound Archive features vocalist and kanoun/dumbeg player Karekin Proodian with two audio files from our col...
09/26/2021
O Swallow, Karekin Proodian and the Folk Interpretation of Armenian Patriotic Songs — Armenian Museum of America

This month's Sound Archive features vocalist and kanoun/dumbeg player Karekin Proodian with two audio files from our collection of 78's digitized by Jesse Kenas Collins. Special thanks to Harry Kezelian for writing and researching this piece, and to the museum donors who entrust us with these artifacts of history.

This month’s music presentation features the intersection of so many aspects of the Armenian experience that it lends itself to the question, what makes a piece of music Armenian?

It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Museum Trustee Dr. Lucy Der Manuelian passed away peacefully on September 2...
09/24/2021

It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Museum Trustee Dr. Lucy Der Manuelian passed away peacefully on September 20 at her home in Belmont. Lucy was the sister of our founder and late Chairman Haig, and John Vigen Manuelian.

A leading scholar and the first Professor of Armenian Art at Tufts University, Lucy was an expert of medieval architecture, sculpture, and illuminated manuscripts. The family requested that memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to the Armenian Museum of America.

Click here to read a heartfelt tribute by Prof. Christina Maranci of Tufts University and one of our esteemed Academic Advisors: https://www.armenianmuseum.org/news/a-tribute-to-dr-lucy-der-manuelian-1928-2021

It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Museum Trustee Dr. Lucy Der Manuelian passed away peacefully on September 20 at her home in Belmont. Lucy was the sister of our founder and late Chairman Haig, and John Vigen Manuelian.

A leading scholar and the first Professor of Armenian Art at Tufts University, Lucy was an expert of medieval architecture, sculpture, and illuminated manuscripts. The family requested that memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to the Armenian Museum of America.

Click here to read a heartfelt tribute by Prof. Christina Maranci of Tufts University and one of our esteemed Academic Advisors: https://www.armenianmuseum.org/news/a-tribute-to-dr-lucy-der-manuelian-1928-2021

Many of us were cooking and baking up a storm while we were confined to home during the pandemic. The Museum responded b...
09/23/2021
Goldie Nakashian’s Koulenje from Gesaria (Kayseri) - The Armenian Mirror-Spectator

Many of us were cooking and baking up a storm while we were confined to home during the pandemic. The Museum responded by sharing family recipes.

At the same time, many of our visitors want to learn more about Armenian culture, food, traditions, so we are excited to share Christine Vartanian Datian's revival of our series in the pages of the Armenian Mirror-Spectator!

In this first piece, she interviews Prof. Janice Okoomian about her grandmother Goldie Nakashian's recipe for koulenje. Koulenje was traditionally made in Gesaria and is similar to choreg, but it is made with baking powder instead of yeast.

WATERTOWN — This recipe from Janice Okoomian is featured at the Armenian Museum of America website. Janice, a professor of English/Gender & Women’s Studies at Rhode Island College, contributed this recipe in honor of her beloved grandmother, Goldie Nakashian. Voski Takouhi Victoria Nakashian (ne...

Available now in our Gift Shop - Chris Bohjalian's latest novel "Hour of the Witch"! Many visitors first heard about us ...
09/22/2021

Available now in our Gift Shop - Chris Bohjalian's latest novel "Hour of the Witch"! Many visitors first heard about us in "The Sandcastle Girls" and they snap up any of Chris' books in our shop, so act fast to get your copy! #HourOfTheWitch #BuyArmenian

Available now in our Gift Shop - Chris Bohjalian's latest novel "Hour of the Witch"! Many visitors first heard about us in "The Sandcastle Girls" and they snap up any of Chris' books in our shop, so act fast to get your copy! #HourOfTheWitch #BuyArmenian

On September 21, 1991, Armenians voted to break from the Soviet Union, resulting in the re-emergence of an independent A...
09/20/2021

On September 21, 1991, Armenians voted to break from the Soviet Union, resulting in the re-emergence of an independent Armenian state for the first time in 70 years. The Soviet Union was losing its grip and in an attempt to reverse this, Mikhail Gorbachev held a referendum on March 17, 1991, in which most of the population voted to remain part of the USSR. Armenians held their own referendum in September in response, and nearly unanimously voted for freedom and independence.

This is the 30th anniversary of Armenia’s independence. However the holiday takes on a more somber tone this year, since Azerbaijan initiated new attacks against the Armenians of Artsakh last September. Thousands of lives were lost and hundreds of Armenian POW’s are still being held illegally by Azerbaijan. Nevertheless, some celebrations will be taking place in Republic Square while others will gather in remembrance of last year’s deadly war.
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NOTE: This image is part of a timeline on our second floor gallery. Last week's email from the museum overlooked the importance of the May 28, 1918 declaration of independence, so we want to emphasize it here along with a corrected text above.

On September 21, 1991, Armenians voted to break from the Soviet Union, resulting in the re-emergence of an independent Armenian state for the first time in 70 years. The Soviet Union was losing its grip and in an attempt to reverse this, Mikhail Gorbachev held a referendum on March 17, 1991, in which most of the population voted to remain part of the USSR. Armenians held their own referendum in September in response, and nearly unanimously voted for freedom and independence.

This is the 30th anniversary of Armenia’s independence. However the holiday takes on a more somber tone this year, since Azerbaijan initiated new attacks against the Armenians of Artsakh last September. Thousands of lives were lost and hundreds of Armenian POW’s are still being held illegally by Azerbaijan. Nevertheless, some celebrations will be taking place in Republic Square while others will gather in remembrance of last year’s deadly war.
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NOTE: This image is part of a timeline on our second floor gallery. Last week's email from the museum overlooked the importance of the May 28, 1918 declaration of independence, so we want to emphasize it here along with a corrected text above.

Special thanks to the 100+ guests who visited us on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day! We were especially moved by the com...
09/19/2021

Special thanks to the 100+ guests who visited us on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day! We were especially moved by the comment left by a Carmelite friar after examining our medieval Christian artifacts on display: "Thank you for the beautiful exhibits. A very moving experience. God bless you all." Please consider a membership in support of our mission to preserve and share Armenian history and culture with the world: https://www.armenianmuseum.org/membership

#MuseumDay #BoundlessCuriosity #ArtCultureEternity

It's Museum Day! If you're planning to visit, here's a quick preview of what you can expect:✅ Our hours are 12 noon to 6...
09/18/2021
Welcome to the Armenian Museum of America!

It's Museum Day! If you're planning to visit, here's a quick preview of what you can expect:

✅ Our hours are 12 noon to 6 pm, and admission is free today with a quick signup using your name and email.

✅ We've got air purification systems operating on all floors, and a brand new elevator for easy access.

✅ Our first floor galleries include ancient and medieval artifacts (illuminated manuscripts, coins, liturgical objects), Armenian rugs, and iconic portraits by Yousuf Karsh.

✅ Our second floor includes exhibits on textiles, music instruments, and the Armenian Genocide, and the third floor features two contemporary art exhibits.

Celebrating 50 Years! The Armenian Museum of America is a Living Museum that collects and preserves religious and cultural artifacts and artwork, and present...

Happy to host our neighbors and colleagues from Watertown's historic Commander's Mansion for a tour this week. We hope t...
09/17/2021

Happy to host our neighbors and colleagues from Watertown's historic Commander's Mansion for a tour this week. We hope to meet you next at the Armenian Museum to see what the buzz is about!

09/16/2021
The Metalwork of Anatoli Avetian

The Armenian Museum is home to a large collection of art in all mediums. One interesting format used by Anatoli Avetian is sheets of metal treated with an acid wash. Watch here as Collections Curator Gary Lind-Sinanian discusses the artist’s technique.

These “Object Show and Tell” videos allow us to show you items that are not on display and that you might otherwise not get the chance to see. The series is sponsored by a generous donation from Michele Kolligian, President of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.

09/10/2021
Object Show & Tell: Coffee

For Armenians, coffee is a way of life. If you have house guests, a business meeting, or you’re just visiting a friend, all these occasions call for the perfect cup. Learn about the role of coffee in Armenian culture and even its introduction to European society!

These “Object Show and Tell” videos from our collection are sponsored by a generous donation from Michele Kolligian, President of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.

09/05/2021
Object Show & Tell: Chimishgazak Map

Maps tell us so much about place and time. This week we are featuring the work of cartographer Mardiros Minasian, who sadly passed away this spring. While his professional work was for the City of Boston, his personal work focused on his ancestral home of Chimishgazak in Kharpert. Collections Curator Gary Lind-Sinanian discusses Minasian’s career and passion.

These “Object Show and Tell” videos from our collection are sponsored by a generous donation from Michele Kolligian, President of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.

Join us on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day! Free admission on 9/18 with registration: https://smithsonianmag.com/museumd...
09/02/2021

Join us on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day! Free admission on 9/18 with registration: https://smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/museum/armenian-museum-of-america/

The Armenian Museum is a living museum in Watertown, MA, that collects and preserves religious and cultural artifacts and artwork, and presents multi-media programs that illustrate the creative endeavors of the Armenian people.

Join us on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day! Free admission on 9/18 with registration: https://smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/museum/armenian-museum-of-america/

The Armenian Museum is a living museum in Watertown, MA, that collects and preserves religious and cultural artifacts and artwork, and presents multi-media programs that illustrate the creative endeavors of the Armenian people.

Join us on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day! Free admission on 9/18 with registration: https://smithsonianmag.com/museumd...
09/01/2021
Register for Museum Day! — Armenian Museum of America

Join us on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day! Free admission on 9/18 with registration: https://smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/museum/armenian-museum-of-america/

The Armenian Museum is a living museum in Watertown, MA, that collects and preserves religious and cultural artifacts and artwork, and presents multi-media programs that illustrate the creative endeavors of the Armenian people.

The Armenian Museum of America will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday, September 18 as part of Smithsonian’s 17th annual Museum Day, a national “celebration of boundless curiosity” in which museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian in ...

Opens today at Tufts University Art Galleries! "Connecting Threads / Survivor Objects" explores the world of Armenian li...
08/30/2021
Connecting Threads / Survivor Objects - Tufts University Art Galleries

Opens today at Tufts University Art Galleries! "Connecting Threads / Survivor Objects" explores the world of Armenian liturgical textiles from our collection, along with one piece from the Museum of Fine Arts.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 to 5, admission to the gallery is free of charge, and the parking lot is on Lower Campus Road.

August 30—December 5, 2021 Medford / Online

08/28/2021
How to Begin a Marash Embroidery

We're excited to be open again! At the same time, we are continuing to offer virtual programming for people who are unable to visit. In last week’s video, Textile Curator Susan Lind-Sinanian discussed embroideries in our collection in anticipation of this week’s “how-to” video. Click here to learn the basic first steps for Marash embroidery!

This week we are featuring master zourna player Hovsep Joseph Bedrosian. The Sound Archive presents digitized records fr...
08/26/2021
Hovsep Joseph Bedrosian: Master Zourna Player — Armenian Museum of America

This week we are featuring master zourna player Hovsep Joseph Bedrosian. The Sound Archive presents digitized records from our collection and a history of the musicians. The recordings are Eachayak, Highleh, Lavook, and Tamzara.

Special thanks to Jesse Kenas Collins, Harry Kezelian, and Harout Arakelian--whose digitization and research have been critical to assembling the Sound Archive--as well as the families who donated these records to the Armenian Museum of America.

Portrait of Hovsep Bedrosian playing his zourna (W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection (AFC 1940/001), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

Caucasus Heritage Watch has identified over a dozen Armenian churches, cemeteries, khachkars, and other cultural propert...
08/24/2021
Satellite Imagery Reveals Azerbaijan's Persistent Erasure of Armenian Heritage Sites

Caucasus Heritage Watch has identified over a dozen Armenian churches, cemeteries, khachkars, and other cultural properties in Artsakh that have been destroyed or damaged by Azerbaijan. #EthnicCleansing #ArmenianCulture #ArmenianHistory #PeaceForArmenians

Using high-resolution satellite imagery, Caucasus Heritage Watch identified over a dozen Armenian sites that have been destroyed, damaged, or threatened by Azerbaijan.

08/21/2021
Object Show & Tell: About Marash Embroidery

We're excited to be open again! At the same time, we are continuing to offer virtual programming for people who are unable to visit. Textile Curator Susan Lind-Sinanian discusses a few Marash embroideries in our collection in anticipation of a short “how-to” video next week.

These “Object Show and Tell” videos from our collection are sponsored by a generous donation from Michele Kolligian, President of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.

Welcome to our 6th Online Concert sponsored by the Dadourian Foundation featuring shvi player David Harutyunyan and Levo...
08/19/2021
Past Meets Present

Welcome to our 6th Online Concert sponsored by the Dadourian Foundation featuring shvi player David Harutyunyan and Levon Babayan on dhol, accompanied by pianist Lusine Karapetyan. Recorded in Armenia exclusively for the Armenian Museum, so please sit back, enjoy, and share!

The Armenian Museum presents the sixth in its Online Concert Series, “Past Meets Present.” The performance features the young shvi player David Harutyunyan a...

Don't forget, our next Online Concert is today! The video will go live on our YouTube Channel at 7:30 pm EST (4:30 pm PS...
08/19/2021
Armenian Museum of America Announces Online Programs for August — Armenian Museum of America

Don't forget, our next Online Concert is today! The video will go live on our YouTube Channel at 7:30 pm EST (4:30 pm PST), and we'll share the link here.

A Virtual Concert, "Past Meets Present" Presented by the Armenian Museum features the young shvi player David Harutyunyan and Levon Babayan on dhol, accompanied by pianist Lusine Karapetyan.

The event is free, thanks to a generous grant from the Dadourian Foundation, and preregistration is not required. Hope to see you online later today!

The Armenian Museum of America re-opened in June with revamped galleries of ancient and medieval artifacts, and two contemporary art exhibits in its Adele and Haig Der Manuelian Galleries. Although the Museum is open, it will continue to offer virtual programming for members and patrons in other cit

Become a member! As a special incentive, an anonymous donor has generously offered to match the sum of all new and renew...
08/18/2021
Armenian Museum of America Launches Matching Membership Challenge for 50th Anniversary — Armenian Museum of America

Become a member! As a special incentive, an anonymous donor has generously offered to match the sum of all new and renewed memberships. We hope you will join this exciting matching membership challenge. #ArmenianHistory #ArmenianCulture

Dear Friend, Greetings from the Armenian Museum of America! As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, please join us in toasting the vision and perseverance of our founders who built and stewarded the largest collections of Armenian artifacts in the Diaspora. The challenges we have all faced during t

Hope to see you at Watertown Arts Market (W.A.M.) on Saturday from 12 noon to 5 pm! This free, outdoor event at Arsenal ...
08/15/2021

Hope to see you at Watertown Arts Market (W.A.M.) on Saturday from 12 noon to 5 pm! This free, outdoor event at Arsenal Park celebrates Watertown artists and cultural organizations of all disciplines. Be sure to look for us and say "Parev" (Hello).

#ArtCultureEternity #YousufKarsh #MichaelAram #MyCauseMyCleats #SandcastleGirls

Hope to see you at Watertown Arts Market (W.A.M.) on Saturday from 12 noon to 5 pm! This free, outdoor event at Arsenal Park celebrates Watertown artists and cultural organizations of all disciplines. Be sure to look for us and say "Parev" (Hello).

#ArtCultureEternity #YousufKarsh #MichaelAram #MyCauseMyCleats #SandcastleGirls

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