Aram Khachatourian House-Museum
Aram Khachaturian museum was established in 1978, just after the composer`s death.Its purpose is to provide information about Aram Khachaturian to the public and to care and transfer to descendants his rich musical heritage. The decision of the Armenian Government to convert Khachaturian`s private residence into a museum was made still during his lifetime on June 21st, 1976.
The residence (architect Mark Grigorian) which was located on the intersection of Marshal Bagramian avenue and Plekhanov (nowadays Zarobian) street, was presented to Aram Khachaturian by the government in 1947.
The one-storied house consisted of five specious rooms and a garden behind it. A Khachaturian`s mother and brother Vaghinak with his family used to live here.A Khachaturian liked this house and lived here during his stay in Yerevan. The two-storied museum complex was constructed according to the plans of the architect Edward Altounian, Aram Khachaturian got acquainted with the architect project of the future museum and even wrote down his remarks on the title page of its album.
The former residence has remained without changes.The garden had been converted into a small courtyard,where a spring-monument has been erected. It`s a gift to the museum from architects S. Gyurzadian and S.Barseghian.The building façade is framed with five arches reminding tuning forks. The memorial house is on the ground floor, where ten spacious, light halls are intended for the permanent exposition. On the first floor there is also a concert hall with perfect acoustics. Various events and concerts held here enliven the house. All visitors can experience music presentation in the sound library on the first floor.
The first permanent exposition was opened on February 23rd 1984 on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the outstanding composer. Soon the museum became the worldwide-acknowledged meeting point of Khachaturian`s admirers, the connoisseurs of music, the young, the musicians and those simply interested in Khachaturian and his music.
The staff of the museum is engaged tin replenishment of the collection with materials concerning A. Khachaturian`s life and work, in proper presentation of the documentary heritage, its careful research and representation to the public in most appropriate way.
On the materials of collection the booklet of the museum, the 3 volumes of Aram Khachaturian`s letters in Russian and Armenian have been published. The advertising leaflets of the exposition are periodically published.
The traditions established under the guidance of the first director Gohar Haroutunian – a conductor of symphonic orchestra, Meritorious Teacher of the Republic of Armenia, proceed and have development under the sensitive management of the present director Armine Grigoryan – eminent pianist, the winner of International competitions, professor of Yerevan State Conservatoire.
In 2006 the building of the museum was completely repaired by funds from the Government of Armenia. On June 6th 2008 the new permanent exposition was opened.