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.
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The Armenian Museum of America is proud to announce that its Academic Advisor to the Board, Dr. Taner Akcam, has been re...
02/01/2020

The Armenian Museum of America is proud to announce that its Academic Advisor to the Board, Dr. Taner Akcam, has been recognized internationally for his book "Killing Orders: Talat Pasha’s Telegrams and Armenian Genocide."

Wednesday night at a dinner in Paris hosted by the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organizations in France, French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Dr. Akçam for his achievement and for his position against Armenian Genocide denial. According to the French president, Akcam’s book constitutes “the scientific establishment of clear intentionality of organized crime.” “You brought out what some wanted to plunge into oblivion, Genocide denial,” said Macron. “It is an essential stone in this deeply political debate with the Turkish leaders,” he added. Dr. Akçam is the Robert Aram, Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marian Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies at Clark University.

The Board of Trustees of the Armenian Museum of America congratulates Dr. Akçam and expresses its gratitude for his passionate and tireless work and commitment to bringing worldwide recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

Sincerely,
Michele M. Kolligian
President

Looking for something to do this weekend? Come visit the Armenian Museum of America! Learn about Armenian culture, Armen...
01/30/2020

Looking for something to do this weekend? Come visit the Armenian Museum of America! Learn about Armenian culture, Armenians in America, Armenian artists past and present, and so much more! We are open 12-6pm, Thursdays - Sundays. See you soon!

Here in New England we are certainly still feeling the  chill of winter, so we are sharing a little piece of Armenian wi...
01/28/2020

Here in New England we are certainly still feeling the chill of winter, so we are sharing a little piece of Armenian winter gear today. This knitted wool glove was made in 1889 in Hussenig and belonged to a man (or child) named Hovageem. How do we know these facts? The maker of the glove actually included the name and date on the glove itself!

01/27/2020

The Museum will be CLOSED THURSDAY JANUARY 30, 2020 for staff training.

01/24/2020

The Museum will be CLOSED THURSDAY JANUARY 30, 2020 for staff training.

Book a group tour! Join the Armenian Museum for a guided tour of the vast collection of Armenian artistic, cultural, and...
01/23/2020

Book a group tour! Join the Armenian Museum for a guided tour of the vast collection of Armenian artistic, cultural, and historic objects from antiquity to present-day! Collections Curator Gary Lind-Sinanian and/or Education Coordinator Garin Habeshian will share their institutional and cultural knowledge, providing a deeper dive into Armenian heritage and engagement with objects on display.
To sign up for a group tour, please call Education Coordinator Garin Habeshian at 617.926.2562 Ext.103 or email at [email protected] today!
Cost: $10 per adult, $5 per senior or student, plus a one-time $25 tour charge. (Free child admission).

Armenia: art, culture, eternity                                                                                         ...
01/21/2020

Armenia: art, culture, eternity Armenian Museum of America. 1st floor
Thursday -Sunday 12-6pm This introductory gallery provides an overview of Armenian culture from antiquity to present-day Armenian experience here in the United States. Over fifty objects are on display, illustrating Armenia’s origins in the Asian continent, the 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. To plan your visit and to see what else is on view please visit: https://www.armenianmuseum.org/visit

Today we would like to join in the national celebration and recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s tireless work an...
01/20/2020

Today we would like to join in the national celebration and recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s tireless work and steadfast courage in advancing civil rights in America.

In August of 1962, Armenian-Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh traveled to Atlanta, GA to photograph Martin Luther King Jr. Of the image, currently on view at the ARmenian Museum, Karsh said, "What emerged in my mind and, I trust, in the portrait, was the dedication of the man and his clear vision of ultimate victory."

#MLK #MLKDay

The Armenian Museum is recruiting interns and volunteers!Are you interested in history and culture? Passionate about art...
01/16/2020

The Armenian Museum is recruiting interns and volunteers!
Are you interested in history and culture? Passionate about art? Do you like working with the public? Are you returning to school this semester? We want to meet you! The Armenian Museum is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic interns and volunteers to participate in a variety of projects at this growing and active cultural institution. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, so click here if you would like to join our team: https://www.armenianmuseum.org/employment

ON VIEW NOW! This Urartian archer’s belt, 900–640 BC, is made of bronze and would have been worn as a type of armor, as ...
01/14/2020

ON VIEW NOW!
This Urartian archer’s belt, 900–640 BC, is made of bronze and would have been worn as a type of armor, as archers could not carry shields or protective gear. The embossed decoration
contains symbols of sacred creatures, palmettes,
and a solar rosette believed to provide inspiration
for battle and also ward off harm.

01/13/2020

The Museum will be CLOSED THURSDAY JANUARY 30, 2020 for staff training.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Come visit the Armenian Museum of America! Learn about Armenian culture, Armen...
01/09/2020

Looking for something to do this weekend? Come visit the Armenian Museum of America! Learn about Armenian culture, Armenians in America, Armenian artists past and present, and so much more! We are open 12-6pm, Thursdays - Sundays. See you soon!

Sunday, January 12, 20202-4 pmAdele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floorMembers FREE. Non-members $12. Back by popu...
01/07/2020

Sunday, January 12, 2020
2-4 pm
Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor
Members FREE. Non-members $12.

Back by popular demand! On the second Sunday of every month, join experts Gary and Susan Lind-Sinanian for a workshop on Armenian dance in our staple program of the Second Sundays Cultural Series! Gary and Susan have collected over 100 village dances and shared these with the community for the last 42 years. Learn Armenian dances performed at American picnics and traditional dances from the old country. Follow in the footsteps of our ancestors to help keep these elegant traditional dances alive.

Register online (https://www.armenianmuseum.org/classes) or call Education Coordinator, Garin Habeshian at 617.926.2562;103 today!

01/04/2020

PLEASE NOTE: The Museum will be CLOSED THURSDAY JANUARY 30, 2020 for staff training.

We are saddened to announce the passing of Ardashes 'Dash' Nahabedian  (1929-2019), a longtime volunteer and a wonderful...
01/03/2020

We are saddened to announce the passing of Ardashes 'Dash' Nahabedian (1929-2019), a longtime volunteer and a wonderful man. Born in Pawtucket, RI, Dash was a veteran of the Korean War and graduate of the University of Rhode Island. He was a chemical engineer and an enthusiastic sports fan who supported the URI Alumni Associations and the Armenian Museum. Dash retired to Wayland after a successful career at Textron Inc, where he worked on the Apollo Missions.

Dash volunteered in the Museum's Mesrop Boyajian Library where he maintained the extensive periodical holdings and helped to catalog the Bedoukian coin collections. Although Dash spoke some Armenian at home while growing up in Rhode Island, he was not fluent and had never learned to read and write in Armenian. As a senior retiree he taught himself to read Armenian so he could catalog the books and periodicals in the library.

A quiet individual, Dash had an upbeat personality and dry understated sense of humor about the politics of the American-Armenian community, but his favorite topics of discussion were always college sports and his grandchildren, not necessarily in that order. He had the focused drive of an engineer, avoiding small talk that would distract him from his task. 'Just tell me what needs to be done and then don't get in the way' he'd tell Gary, the Collections Curator.

After over a decade as one of our most enthused and steadfast volunteers he moved to Narragansett to be closer to his family. Prior to his retirement from his volunteer work, Dash was rightfully honored and recognized by Haig Der Manuelian, the Board of Trustees, staff and fellow volunteers for his years of dedication. We will be forever grateful to Dash for his many contributions. We regret his loss to us, to his family, and to the American-Armenian community. His funeral was held on December 23, 2019, in Providence.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory be made to the Armenian Museum of America

Members have more fun!  This fall the Armenian Museum was packed with activities and members enjoyed fantastic discounts...
01/02/2020

Members have more fun! This fall the Armenian Museum was packed with activities and members enjoyed fantastic discounts! Become a member and enjoy a number of benefits including free admission to the Museum as well as concerts, film screenings, speaking series, and private receptions. Members also receive discounts on gifts shop items and books, special invitations to previews, exhibition openings, member-only events and special celebrations throughout the year. All memberships include complimentary guest passes to share the Museum with others. Help us continue our mission. Join Us As We Grow!

For more information and to become a member, please visit: https://www.armenianmuseum.org/membership

EXTENDED!End of the Year Book SaleWhen: Thursdays – SundaysTime: 12-6pmWhere: Armenian Museum of America gift shop, 1st ...
12/30/2019

EXTENDED!
End of the Year Book Sale
When: Thursdays – Sundays
Time: 12-6pm
Where: Armenian Museum of America gift shop, 1st floor
Due to popular demand, we have extended our End of the Year Book Sale. Great titles on sale for $20, $10, $5 and $1!

Give yourself a well-deserved break, visit the Museum and bring home a piece of Armenian culture!

WISHING YOU A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!Շնորհաւոր Նոր Տարի եւ Սուրբ ԾնունդFROM THE BOARD OF TRU...
12/24/2019

WISHING YOU A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!

Շնորհաւոր Նոր Տարի եւ Սուրբ Ծնունդ

FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND STAFF OF THE ARMENIAN MUSEUM OF AMERICA, WATERTOWN.

Thank you for supporting our mission of collecting, preserving, and presenting Armenian art, culture, and history.

To donate, please visit, https://www.armenianmuseum.org/giving-to-the-museum and scroll down for the DONATE button, or send a check payable to the Armenian Museum of America to 65 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472, or call 617-926-2562 ext. 104.

Reliquary: The veneration of holy persons through reliquaries is a long-standing Christian tradition. This highly-decorated plaque contains multiple relics, each identified in the fine lettering. Because this reliquary contains several fragments, it would most likely have been placed in a large cathedral.

Photo: George Bouret.

Become a member!  Members receive discounts on workshops, gifts shop items and books, special invitations to previews, e...
12/21/2019

Become a member! Members receive discounts on workshops, gifts shop items and books, special invitations to previews, exhibition openings, member-only events and special celebrations throughout the year. All memberships include complimentary guest passes to share the Museum with others. Help us continue our mission. This holiday season we are welcoming new members of Supporting level or higher with a special gift to show our appreciation at this time of giving. Join Us As We Grow!

The Armenian Museum of America is proud to announce that we have been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Dadourian Foundat...
12/20/2019

The Armenian Museum of America is proud to announce that we have been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Dadourian Foundation to support Armenian musical performances in 2020. The Dadourian Foundation has been the largest champion of the musical programming events here at the Museum for the past several years.

Thanks to their continued generosity we have been able to host numerous concerts with artists from the Composers Union of Armenia, launch a successful Jazz Night Series and enliven our galleries with performances by musicians playing traditional Armenian instruments such as the oud and the duduk.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Staff, we wish to express our sincere gratitude to the Dadourian foundation for their trust and support of our mission to present Armenian culture to our membership and the community at-large.

We look forward to continuing and expanding our musical programming at the Armenian Museum during 2020. Stay tuned for this Spring’s musical programming updates!

Members-only Holiday Gift Shop Sale When: Saturdays and Sundays December 1-22, 2019Time: 12-6pmWhere: Armenian Museum of...
12/18/2019

Members-only Holiday Gift Shop Sale
When: Saturdays and Sundays December 1-22, 2019
Time: 12-6pm
Where: Armenian Museum of America gift shop, 1st floor
Join us Saturdays and Sundays in December for afternoons of Christmas cheer! We welcome members of all levels to enjoy a special sale each weekend before Christmas in which they receive an additional holiday discount of 25% (some exclusions apply)! Find that special gift or book to make this an extraordinary Armenian Christmas as you enjoy holiday music and refreshments. Renew, sign up, or give a gift membership to those you love.

Children's Christmas WorkshopWhen:  Saturday, December 14, 2019Time:  1:00 -4:00 PMWhere:   Adele & Haig Der Manuelian G...
12/11/2019

Children's Christmas Workshop
When: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Time: 1:00 -4:00 PM
Where: Adele & Haig Der Manuelian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Audience: Children, ages 7-12 (Maximum 15 children)
Price: Members $16. Non-members $20
This year we are welcoming children ages 7-12 to celebrate the season of giving by making Christmas ornaments and cards decorated with traditional Armenian motifs. Our Armenian Christmas Workshop allows kids to express their creativity by designing Armenian ornaments to adorn your tree, and heartfelt cards to give to family and loved ones. After all, this is the true meaning of Christmas! Guiding the children through the spirit of sharing will be our Artist-in-Residence Arevik Tserunyan.
We will also be making thoughtful/heartwarming cards for seniors at the Armenian Nursing Home and Rehab Center. The class will conclude with a special tree lighting and decorating party in which the children help decorate the Museum’s Christmas tree as we all enjoy refreshments.
Class is limited to 15 children. All materials are non-toxic. All materials, aprons, snacks, and water are provided. Please alert staff in advance any food allergies your child may have.
Register online at https://www.armenianmuseum.org/classes, or call or email our Education Coordinator, Garin Habeshian at [email protected], 617-926-2562 ext. 103.

Become a member!  Members receive discounts on workshops, gifts shop items and books, special invitations to previews, e...
12/10/2019

Become a member! Members receive discounts on workshops, gifts shop items and books, special invitations to previews, exhibition openings, member-only events and special celebrations throughout the year. All memberships include complimentary guest passes to share the Museum with others. Help us continue our mission. This holiday season we are welcoming new members of Supporting level or higher with a special gift to show our appreciation at this time of giving. Join Us As We Grow!

TODAY!!! SUNDAY CULTURAL SERIES: Traditional Armenian Dance Lessons2-4 pmAdele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor...
12/08/2019

TODAY!!! SUNDAY CULTURAL SERIES: Traditional Armenian Dance Lessons
2-4 pm
Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor NOTE: The Museum’s elevator is in the process of being upgraded and is currently out of service.
Members FREE! $15 non-members..

Back by popular demand! On the second Sunday of every month, join experts Gary and Susan Lind-Sinanian for a workshop on Armenian dance in our staple program of the Second Sundays Cultural Series! Gary and Susan have collected over 100 village dances and shared these with the community for the last 42 years. Learn Armenian dances performed at American picnics and traditional dances from the old country. Follow in the footsteps of our ancestors to help keep these elegant traditional dances alive.

Register online or call Education Coordinator, Garin Habeshian at 617.926.2562 Ext. 103 today!

https://www.armenianmuseum.org/events/sunday-cultural-series-traditional-armenian-dance-lessons

SUNDAY CULTURAL SERIES: Traditional Armenian Dance LessonsSunday, December 8, 2019 2-4 pmAdele & Haig Der Manuelian gall...
12/04/2019

SUNDAY CULTURAL SERIES: Traditional Armenian Dance Lessons

Sunday, December 8, 2019 2-4 pm
Adele & Haig Der Manuelian galleries, 3rd floor NOTE: The Museum’s elevator is in the process of being upgraded and is currently out of service.
Members FREE! $15 non-members..

Back by popular demand! On the second Sunday of every month, join experts Gary and Susan Lind-Sinanian for a workshop on Armenian dance in our staple program of the Second Sundays Cultural Series! Gary and Susan have collected over 100 village dances and shared these with the community for the last 42 years. Learn Armenian dances performed at American picnics and traditional dances from the old country. Follow in the footsteps of our ancestors to help keep these elegant traditional dances alive.

Register online or call Education Coordinator, Garin Habeshian at 617.926.2562 Ext. 103 today!

https://www.armenianmuseum.org/events/sunday-cultural-series-traditional-armenian-dance-lessons

End of the Year Book SaleWhen: Thursdays – Sundays, December 5-29, 2019Time: 12-6pmWhere: Armenian Museum of America gif...
12/02/2019

End of the Year Book Sale
When: Thursdays – Sundays, December 5-29, 2019
Time: 12-6pm
Where: Armenian Museum of America gift shop, 1st floor
Looking for the perfect gift or a treat for yourself that won’t break the bank? Come to the Armenian Museum Gift Shop and explore our End of the Year Book Sale. Great titles on sale for $20, $10, $5 and $1!

Not sure what to buy? Give the gift of membership! Members receive discounts on workshops, gifts shop items and books, special invitations to previews, exhibition openings, member-only events and special celebrations throughout the year. All memberships include complimentary guest passes to share the Museum with others. Help us continue our mission. Join Us As We Grow!

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