Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts

Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts

Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts
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  • Victoria
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Guides
    Unusual museum, everything is nicely displayed. The manuscripts are fascinating. Best part: the guides. We had Lilit (hopefully that is the correct spellings) show us around. She was passionate about the manuscripts, Armenian history, and she could answer any and all questions. Wish we’d had more time. Only stayed one hour it isn’t enough, need a couple of hours to really absorb the historical significance of what you’re seeing. Ask for Lilit she will share her knowledge with you. Thanks for making our visit memorable.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 12, 2023
  • Bob R
    Belgrade, Serbia559 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!!!
    Amazing museum - it was like a heaven to me as I adore illuminated manuscripts. Although there are really 4 rooms with illuminated books, it is well worth it. There are other parts of museums with other collections, but illuminated manuscripts are just extraordinary! This one gets perfect 10!!!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Aimless Vagabonds
    Gurugram (Gurgaon), India71 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the must visit museums in Yerevan
    Initially we did not plan to do a detailed visit of the museum, but we realised that the museum was just a short walk from Koryun Street where we were put up, so we casually walked up to the museum on our way to the cascade. Its justIf you have the choice of visiting just 3 museums among the hundreds of big and small museums dotting Yerevan, do visit this one. This museum is packed with rich history of manuscripts from the region. We would suggest getting a guided tour of the place for better clarity.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Armond V
    Glendale, California196 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Matenadaran
    Matenadaran is one of the must-see museums in Yerevan. The historical books and manuscripts are truly breathtaking. The displays are laid out perfectly for everyone to follow and understand. Getting a tour guide is always worth every penny; however, I highly recommend to take the time and read the descriptions as they are very informative.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
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George
Artemida, Greece1,539 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very Impressive building but inside there are not many things to see... Unless you are specialised in ancient transcripts... Entrance fee is so small so in case you don't have anything else to do is a nice walk...
Written February 23, 2024
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inneryne2016
Tighnabruaich, UK218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
An impressive building filled with a plethora of ancient manuscripts. Papyrus, parchment, vellum, and paper beautifully preserved. Knowledgeable guides give an educated overview.
Written October 19, 2023
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Nicholas N
Copenhagen, Denmark904 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
There's a lot of old manuscripts in this museum most of them are religious themed. We had free entrance with Yerevan card.
Written October 11, 2023
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Armond V
Glendale, CA196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Matenadaran is one of the must-see museums in Yerevan. The historical books and manuscripts are truly breathtaking. The displays are laid out perfectly for everyone to follow and understand. Getting a tour guide is always worth every penny; however, I highly recommend to take the time and read the descriptions as they are very informative.
Written September 16, 2023
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Aimless Vagabonds
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Initially we did not plan to do a detailed visit of the museum, but we realised that the museum was just a short walk from Koryun Street where we were put up, so we casually walked up to the museum on our way to the cascade. Its justIf you have the choice of visiting just 3 museums among the hundreds of big and small museums dotting Yerevan, do visit this one. This museum is packed with rich history of manuscripts from the region. We would suggest getting a guided tour of the place for better clarity.
Written June 22, 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,407 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
After visiting the Cafesjian Center for the Arts/ Cascade, I went to this museum. I took my time walking to it as it was an uphill walk. Entrance fee is 1,500 AMD per person. I was not offered a guide and was informed that I could use my cell phone to take pictures for free.

There are FREE Toilets in the Basement and FREE Lockers to use on the Ground Floor. Before going upstairs, I visited the Persian Exhibits next to the Toilets Area. There are old pictures of Persian/Iranian people on display and some embroidered tapestries.

At the upper floors are old, colorful manuscripts originating from various countries: Armenia, Greece, Ethiopia, Turkey, Syria, etc. Also on display are tools used to restore these manuscripts. Old bibles in various sizes can be seen here as well as pictures of some monasteries where the manuscripts originated.

Outside areas: There are huge statues on display at the front area of this museum. Also, there is a Gift Shop where entrance tickets are purchased plus some artifacts.

Highly recommended to visit this museum!
Written June 15, 2023
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ABH
Dubai, United Arab Emirates231 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Fantastic history of great nation and must see in Yerevan if you want to get more information on history not only of Armenia, but civilization.
Biggest trouble is rude, uncompetent staff driven in a right direction if you are foreigner. If you speak Armenian and come with kids they hate you and demonstrate that openly. Third floor is a hell when you see a lot of rude and aggressive staff, so when you go there be aware not to make your day uncomfortable.
Written June 10, 2023
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Bob R
Belgrade, Serbia559 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Amazing museum - it was like a heaven to me as I adore illuminated manuscripts. Although there are really 4 rooms with illuminated books, it is well worth it. There are other parts of museums with other collections, but illuminated manuscripts are just extraordinary! This one gets perfect 10!!!
Written June 4, 2023
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Iva S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Seeing a rich collection of manuscripts without a guide is like only watching an exhibition. We had the pleasure of a guided visit with Nasim, who was passionate, knowledgeable and immersed us in the cultural background of the ancient manuscipts in Matenadaran. She explained the origins and meaning of the different styles of illustrating in the exhibits, connecting it with the historic times.
I highly recommend visiting Matenadaran with a guide from the museum.
Written May 24, 2023
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Victoria
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Unusual museum, everything is nicely displayed. The manuscripts are fascinating. Best part: the guides. We had Lilit (hopefully that is the correct spellings) show us around. She was passionate about the manuscripts, Armenian history, and she could answer any and all questions. Wish we’d had more time. Only stayed one hour it isn’t enough, need a couple of hours to really absorb the historical significance of what you’re seeing. Ask for Lilit she will share her knowledge with you. Thanks for making our visit memorable.
Written May 12, 2023
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