Erebuni Museum-Reserve Will Soon Have a New Building

Erebuni Museum-Reserve Will Soon Have a New Building

In December 2019, the Council of Elders of Yerevan approved a cooperation agreement signed on October 3 by Mayor of Yerevan Hayk Marutyan and the “John and Sos Balian Foundation” on the construction of a new building of the Historical and Archaeological Museum-Reserve Erebuni. The modern building must fit the entire architecture and at the same time be equipped with the latest technologies. The new building will have scientific laboratories, new exhibition halls for animated expositions, where the visitors will get acquainted with the history of Yerevan with the help of virtual tours. The total project will cost more than 1.65 million USD.

The idea itself is good, but given the current state of the complex, the question arises of how urgent and important it is to build a new building, since the complex already has its finished appearance.

The director of museum-preserve Mikael Badalyan told us, that the new building will be two or three storey, depended on financing.
- Mr. Badalyan, are there any plans to restore the Fortress?
- There are. And we believe that such projects should be carefully considered by specialists, since Erebuni is the visiting card of Yerevan, and this is the case when we do not have a right for any mistake.
- In recent years, the state of Erebuni Fortress has worsened։ everywhere there are earth mounds, boards, firewood… Is this the result of recent excavations?
- No, we clean up carefully after each excavation ... Nevertheless, here we have boards, that are part of the Urartian columned hall … We tried to lift them, but they are too heavy, so we need appropriate equipment, which implies extra costs. Now we are considering the possibility of their disposal in the courtyard of the museum… As for the earth mounds and woods, we already tried to remove everything as far as our funds allowed us. We plan to continue cleaning in spring, however, these works are associated with high financial costs … And yet, we have done a great job. For example, the museum did not have drinking water, which was a serious obstacle for visitors. We have solved the problem with CJSC “Veolia Jur” with the support of the French Embassy in Armenia … In the nearest future we plan to install three-dimensional stands. For this we use the museum budget and also work with donors. By the way, the installed stands will greatly improve the situation.... Imagine, that you look at the columned hall and see only anchors of columns, walls. It is interesting for the specialists, but the visitors will not be impressed. And when they see a three-dimensional image, photographs, a plan of buildings in three languages, this will have a great impression on tourists and local visitors … In the museum itself the visitors will watch the exhibition, but in the new building they will gain additional knowledge through an animated show.