Social History

Social History

While many of the museum’s Collections are considered rare and monetarily valuable, it is difficult to assign a monetary value to one of our most important and useful collections that of social history. This collection of correspondence, passports and other official documents, political buttons, playbills, schoolbooks, photographs and other materials associated with the early immigrants, […]

Illuminations & Manuscripts

Armenian Museum of America owns a small collection of 20 illuminated paintings and handwritten books dating from the 13th to the 19th century. These are primarily religious works (gospel books, hymnals, prayer books) created in monasteries, but also include works on astronomy, demonology, divination, and other issues of the day. Beautifully copied in several distinctive […]

Posters and Prints

Posters and prints encompass an enormous range of two-dimensional works in several genres including: Cartoons and drawing to design rugs Near East Relief posters tor raising awareness and monetary funds after World War I Political posters including political rallies and Genocide commemorations Announcement posters advertisings art openings, music concerts, films and other events Photographs and […]

Maps

Situated at a major crossroads of world trade, Armenia has been appearing on maps since the very concept of cartography arose. Even when no Armenian political state existed, the Armenian homeland was clearly marked “Armenia” as a geographic region. The museum’s map holdings range from unique handmade examples to rare 18th century editions, commercial publications […]

Metalware

Armenia has been an important source of metal since the Neolithic period, and Armenians have excelled as metal artisans from earliest times. The collection ranges from individual family heirlooms to gifts from larger collectors or gifted artists such as Anatoli Avetian and Georges G. Bezdjian. The Armenian metalware spans many other categories, but we classify […]

Textiles

The Armenian Museum of America has one of the largest Armenian textile collections outside of Armenia. Stored in a climate-controlled environment, the holdings include costumes, embroideries, needle laces, religious and woven textiles, and accessories, such as, shoes, hats, purses, and belts. These artifacts represent many regions of historic Armenia and the Diaspora, and date from […]

Rug Collection

The Armenian Museum of America’s rug collection is the most comprehensive single resource on Armenian carpets in North America. Its largest component is the renowned Arthur T. Gregorian Collection of Armenian Inscribed Rugs (114 carpets). Armenian Museum of America’s rug holdings are augmented by the Sahmanian and the Der Manuelian Collections, and the Kasper Pilibosian […]

Stamps Collection

Postage stamps are relatively new, and Armenian philately is a young tradition. Armenian Museum of America’s stamp collection includes most genres of Armenian related stamps: postage stamps of the First Republic, Soviet Republic, present Republic, 20th century Armenian related stamps issued by other countries, and non-postage commemorative stamps issued by Armenian institutions for various special […]

Urartian Artifacts

The ancient Urartian (“Ararat”) Empire (900-650 BC) dominated the Armenian highlands before the political rise of the Armenians, and later Armenian culture reflects many traits of this ancient civilization. The Armenian Museum of America has a small collection of Urartian artifacts.

Religious Artifacts

Most surviving Armenian artworks that predate the 18th century are religious. The artistic genius of the Armenian culture is most visibly expressed in these extraordinary pieces. The Armenian Museum’s religious works are grouped in 3 separate genres: Liturgical embroideries, church vessels, illuminated books and other works used directly in the Christian liturgical service. Other religious […]