Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute on Forbes Must-See List
MOSCOW — The 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York is opening its doors to visitors today. On this occasion the Forbes Russia presents another eight memorial museums worth seeing. These include the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, the Water Disasters Museum in Crimea, the Chernobyl Museum in Kiev, the Gulag Museum in Moscow, the Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima, the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan, the Titanic Belfast Museum in Northern Ireland and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.
Forbes reminds that the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute was opened in 1995, on the 80th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Built on the slope of the hill, where the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex is situated, the two-storey building is almost completely underground.
The exposition of the museum is mostly comprised of photos and documents proving the mass killing and deportation of Armenians from the Ottoman Empire in 1915.
The Museum Institute is part of the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial Complex opened in 1967. Set high on a hill, the complex occupies 4,500 square meters of territory and consists of three main buildings: the Memorial Wall, the Sanctuary of Eternity (Memorial Hall Eternal Flame) and the Memorial Column “The Reborn Armenia.”
Renovation works are currently under way, and the museum is expected to reopen in April 2015, on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.