Historical-Geological Museum of Artsakh
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Address: 1 Sasuntsi David str., Stepanakert
Working days: Tuesday-Sunday
Working hours: 10:00-17:00
Artsakh State Historical Museum of Local Lore is the only historical-cultural center where the history of Karabakh from the ancient times till our days is demonstrated. From the beginning of its foundation, 1939, in spite of the anti-Armenian policy of Soviet Azerbaijan and the years of war, unleashed by it in Karabakh, the museum has managed to gather and preserve all the spiritual and material values of Karabakh people. The fund of Artsakh State Historical Museum of Local Lore counts more than 50 thousand historical-cultural artifacts, presenting the origins of birth and development of the civilization at the territory of nowadays' Karabakh.Today more than ever the museum has the opportunity to enrich its funds effectively due to the archaeological excavations conducted in Karabakh and archaeological findings. The museum exhibition halls begin with the show-cases demonstrating models of Artsakh natural landscape.
Further is the hall of archaeology. Here, particularly, models of petrifications, early items of Stone Age, different bronze subjects (adornments, weapon, utensils), preserved from times of the state of Urartu, gorgeous ornamented ceramic vessels, Armenian, Roman, Persian, Arabian silver and copper coins, and so on.
The hall of Middle Ages begins with a photo and a map attached to it of one of the first Artsakh churches (4thc.) – Amaras monastery, founded by Gregory the Illumiator, the first Armenian Christian prophet. Here the documentary evidences of his propagations in South Caucasus are shown.
The department of ethnography where the demonstration begins with the show-case of family life of the ancient Artsakhian (grandmother weaves thread with distaff, and grandfather sews trekhs (footwear of leather made by him) is unique. Here are presented also the old carpet weaving loom and the samples of Artsakh weaving art – carpets of 18-20 cc. In 19c. The center of the Armenian national culture was Shoushi city; of it the old gospel, printed books and photos tell.
The halls of modern history are rich in documentary artifacts where exhibits about the national liberation fight of Karabakhian Armenians against Azerbaijan in 1918-1921 are shown. Here the map of Armenia of 1926 is presented, done on the basis of the union treaty of the 10th of August, 1920, as well as documents confirming the tragic events in Shoushi on the 23d of March, 1920, and telling about the forced annexation of Mountainous Karabakh to the Soviet Azerbaijan.
The last halls of the museum is devoted to the modern movement of Artsakh, national-liberation war, about the solidarity of the whole Armenian nation in post-war period with the aims of consolidation of the republic of Mountainous Karabakh.
There is a small second-hand bookshop in the museum, where one can buy booklets, books and photo albums about Karabakh.