Artsakh State Historical Museum of Local Lore
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The Artsakh State Museum of History and Geography is the only historical and cultural center of Artsakh, where the history of Artsakh from ancient times to the present day is presented. The museum was founded in 1939. 51566 historical and cultural values are included in the fund repositories and exhibition of the Artsakh State Museum of History and Geography.
The exhibition of the museum begins with interesting scenes depicting the nature of Artsakh, followed by a section on archeology. The materials on display here include fossilized specimens of nature, the earliest Stone Age tools (cutters), various bronze items (ornaments, charms, weapons), pottery with amazing ornaments preserved from the Urartian times, Armenian, Roman, Persian, and Arabic coins.
The first Armenian patriarch, Gregory the Illuminator, founded one of the first churches in Artsakh, Amaras, in the early stages of the spread of Christianity.
Of particular interest is the ethnography section, where the exhibition begins with a scene of the Artsakh patriarchal family (grandmother spins with a spinning wheel, and grandfather sews trekh from leather), then also shows an old carpet-making bench and Artsakh hand-made carpets of the XVIII-XX centuries. antique curtains, embroidery, costumes, antique silver ornaments, belts, etc.
The new and modern sections are richer in documentary materials, which present the national liberation struggle of the Artsakh Armenians against Azerbaijan in 1918-21. In the regular halls are presented the busts of world-famous Artsakh figures in the fields of science and culture, the 4 marshals of the Second World War, personal belongings and various materials about them, etc.
Of particular interest are the sections on the Artsakh movement, the war of liberation, and the sections on the establishment and strengthening of the Artsakh Republic as a result of the joint efforts of Armenians around the world in the post-war period.
The museum has 10 halls, which have the following location:
– Temporary exhibition hall
– The nature of Artsakh, archeology
– History of the Middle Ages
– Artsakh in the 19th century
– Artsakh in 1918-1921.
– Artsakh during the Soviet period
– The participation of the Armenians of Artsakh in the Great Patriotic War
– Artsakh Movement, National Liberation War (1991-1994)
– NKR in the post-war period.
Address: Stepanakert, S. Davit St., Building 4
(Monday-Saturday, 9: 00-17: 00: Admission is free.)