Address: Aram St. #1, Republic Square, Yerevan, Armenia
Phone: 56 37 14
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11-16, closed Sunday
Address: 1320 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10128
Phone: (212) 831-7134
Fax: (212) 831-3137
Contact: Marcos Grigorian, 70-33 Manse St., Forest Hills,
Phone: (718) 544-9873
The Near East Museum was founded during the years 1992-93
with the help of Ministry of Culture of Armenia.
Museumís founder, Marcos Gregorian, was graduated from
Romeís Academy of fine Arts, 1954. He returned to Iran
and began collecting a wide variety of Iranian historic
and tribal art and objects and established Aesthetic
Gallery in Tehran, to promote and help young contemporary
He also founded and organized Iranís First Biennale in
1957 and served, as itís delegate to the Venice Biennale
in 1958. He went on to discover two important coffee-shop
painters, Qolar aqasi and Mohammad Modabber, whose works
he exhibited and brought to the publicís attention.
In 1926, Gregorian moved to USA and established Gorky
Gallery, in memory of Armenian-American painter Arshile
Iran Room of Museum
Near East Museum of Erevan is home to one of the world's
finest collections of accident Iranian traditional art.
The collection includes most rare medieval lion-head
faucets, unique in the world today. Persian Room also
displays 18th century doorknockers, Luristan bronzes,
locks, silver jewelry, glass and oil painting and most of
all a large collection of embroidered Lady Sun Quilts.
According to the tales and stories, Sun image and its rays
is an eternal symbol in pre-Islamic religion, in Iran and
Armenia even today relate to the "Fairy Goddess
Anahita". To this day, some Persian homes typically
hang six of the Sun images near the ceiling of their
living rooms to protect their children from evil eyes.
Armenia and Ararat
This section shows rugs, kilims, pottery and objects, some
dating from the second and third century BC.
Russian glassware from Czarist era, Samovars and Mortars
European and American His Masterís Voice and Thomas
A rare collection of early sewing machines from Great
Britain, Germany and USA are displayed to help young
scholars visualize the past.
The museum is founded on the principle that the survival
of culture and civilization depends upon on appreciation
of the marvels of the past.