Museums of Shushi
This amazing town located on edge of one of the most beautiful gorges has long and firmly won the title of the cultural center of the Armenian world. Thus, it is not surprising that the Historical Museum of Local Lore of Shushi has a very interesting exposition. The museum is located in two charming mansions of the mid-19th century. Here you can learn about the rich and interesting history of the city – repeatedly rebuilt from the ruins – from its foundation to our days. The collection of the museum is also rich in ethnographic materials: exhibited are the artworks of stunning beauty made by the local artisans. The 19th-century household items illustrate the life of citizens at those times, while the collection of photographs and reproductions makes the picture holistic. There is a separate room dedicated to the military operation during the liberation of Shushi on May 9, 1992. The Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Artsakh is also located here. It was founded in 2013 at the initiative and with the support of Professor Grigory Gabrielyants. The collection of the museum consists exclusively of gifts. The building of the museum was erected in the place of the old coaching inn of Shushi, yet the original architectural appearance was preserved. The works of Saryan, Kuznetsov, Minas, Nikoghosyan, Zhilinsky, Safokhin, Gayane Tiflisetsi, Hakobyan, Galents, and other prominent artists are displayed in the museum. The distinctive feature of the Shushi museum is the wide geography of painters: Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Lithuania, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Poland, France, the USA, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Egypt, Indonesia, Haiti, Madagaskar, and other countries. The State Geological Museum named after Grigory Gabrielyants was founded in Shushi in 2014. Geological findings from all over Artsakh – mainly minerals and fossils, the oldest of which is 146 million years old – are displayed here. Besides, findings brought from all over the world – the oldest of which is 1 billion 200 million years old – are presented in the museum. The collection of the museum consists of 400 samples from 48 countries and 20 regions of the Russian Federation – the majority of which are from Gabrielyants’ private collection.