Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts

53, Mashots Av, Yerevan


Matenadaran is an institution that brings together the whole collection of ancient Armenian manuscripts. It is after Mesrop Mashtots, the author of Armenian Alphabet, who  was classified among the Armenian saints.
Matenadaran was built 1957 and is situated on a small hall not far from the city center. It is one of the most visited museums of the country as it contains 17,000 manuscripts and 30,000 other documents from different ages. It houses world’s largest collection of books, papers and documents related to history, philosophy, medicine, literature, art history in Armenian and many other languages. Besides being a museum, it is also a research institute.

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Open Hours:

  • Tue

    10:00 - 17:00

  • Wed

    10:00 - 17:00

  • Thu

    10:00 - 17:00

  • Fri

    10:00 - 17:00

  • Sat

    10:00 - 17:00

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  • Anthony Diputado

    - 06 May 2018 -

    Im soo happy to visit this historical place. Very Awsome hoping to come back soon again..👍👍👍

  • jerson luna

    - 27 April 2018 -

    Here we saw a group practicing their dance for their traditon.. very awesome, that's why we took a picture together with them.,I really liked it.

  • Alberto Agosti

    - 24 March 2018 -

    wisely showcased collection of precious,miniated manuscripts ... unmissable if you're into that stuff (and if you ain't,too😊)

  • Layia Oliver

    - 12 February 2018 -

    This is an Awesome place, we would like to extend our gratefulness to the team of OceanAir Travels for making our stay in Armenia as great as possible. Thank you for crossing beyond the limits of your service. It’s more than what we have expected. You have just shown us that Armenians have welcoming hearts and are hospitable. Thank you for being a family to us. We all can’t wait to go back! Keep up the good work guys

  • Hannad Abi Haydar

    - 28 January 2018 -

    Excellent presentation, knowledgeable guides, one can not but admire the effort made to preserve their history/cause

  • Samvel Martirosyan

    - 06 December 2017 -

    This is museum of old manuscripts. It contains thousands and thousands old books, mostly in Armenian, but not only. Of course, only small part is open for the visitors, but it is also enough for incredible tour. The building also awesome. Must see place for any tourist.

  • Marine Marorganic

    - 02 November 2017 -

    Very interesting place in terms of history, Christianity. Very impressive antique books, paints, bibles. You can see very small bible, maybe smallest in the world and very big one.

  • Desmond Hui

    - 11 October 2017 -

    Beautiful building with largest collection of Armenian illuminated manuscripts in the world.

  • Blackcat BeFierceBe You Chefao!

    - 12 September 2017 -

    Set on a street named after Mesrop Mashtots, the creator of the unique Armenian alphabet, Matenadaran holds precious artifacts of the equally vibrant Armenian culture. A vast repository of ancient Armenian artifacts, as well as a center for archeological research. All set against beautiful Yerevan. A must, for knowledge of this precious culture, a cradle of civilization.

  • David Alanakyan

    - 16 June 2017 -

    Simply the one of must sees in Yerevan. Unique, nice architecture and ancient culture inside

  • Yakov Fedorov

    - 15 August 2017 -

    Обязательно для посещения в Ереване. Одна из самых больших в мире коллекций древних рукописей

  • Elena Kiseleva

    - 12 May 2017 -

    Музей небольшой, но очень интересный, если брать гида. Появится общее представление об истории и культуре. Входной билет + экскурсия стоит 3500 драм.

  • AnnaT

    - 27 February 2017 -

    Великолепная коллекция древних манускриптов. Плюс можно купить косметические и лекарственные средства по древним рецептам на травах.

  • Viacheslav Degtyarenko

    - 12 November 2016 -

    Билет 1000, фото 2500, no wifi, credits card, eating, есть free WC, сувенирные лавки, гардероб. Вежливо, приветливо, просторно, насыщенно полезным. Лучше слушать экскурсовода.

  • Evgeny Shuvalov

    - 27 September 2016 -

    Надо обязательно посещать. Старинные книги и манускрипты. Редкие и красивые вещи.

  • Hoora Vakili

    - 22 March 2016 -

    Very very fascinating place

  • Ruben Elchan

    - 07 December 2015 - so so, not ok!

  • Roberto Yanguas

    - 07 October 2015 -

    A must. Experience Armenian culture in the way of old manuscripts.

  • Larisa Matveeva

    - 25 September 2015 -

    Берите экскурсию! Но и без нее интересно!)

  • Anna Réti

    - 27 August 2015 -

    Don't leave anything in the cloakroom. It is left unattended.

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