An archer’s bronze belt that pre-dates the Babylonians, a silver coin minted by Tigran the Great, the arch-enemy of the Roman Republic, a 1207 gospel book handwritten during the crusades, Armenian Bibles printed in the 1666 in Amsterdam, a chalk mold that serves as a symbol of survival and remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.

These are just some of the fascinating objects that are part of the Armenian Museum of America’s permanent holdings. The Museum’s diverse collections include religious artifacts, inscribed rugs, folk costumes, metalwork, paintings, embroideries, currency, illuminated manuscripts, ceramics, home furnishings, photographs, musical instruments and more.

Some of the objects were part of extensive collections that were generously donated by private benefactors, but many items were cherished family heirlooms that were donated to Armenian Museum of America by individuals.