Tour the Dilijan Local Lore Museum

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From the collection of the Dilijan Local Lore Museum (Photo by Areg Balayan, My Armenia Program)

This museum, renovated in 2011 and easy to find off the main road through Dilijan, boasts a variety of collections of interest to diverse audiences. There are three floors, each with a different focus: the lower level has archaeological and ethnographic objects; the ground level displays Armenian artists featuring works of the Socialist realism style; and the second floor has international artists (predominantly European) from the 16th to 19th centuries. The majority of archaeological objects come from Dilijan and its surroundings, which have been inhabited since at least the 2nd millennium BCE—though some museum objects date to the 3rd millennium BCE. The paintings created in the Socialist realism style, which dominated the Soviet era and highlight the work and lives of everyday men and women, contrast strongly with the grand landscapes, historical subjects, and fine portraits found on the top floor.

The museum offers guided tours in Armenian, English, and Russian upon request.

From the collection of the Dilijan Local Lore Museum

Photo by Areg Balayan, My Armenia Program

From the collection of the Dilijan Local Lore Museum

Photo by Areg Balayan, My Armenia Program

From the collection of the Dilijan Local Lore Museum

Photo by Areg Balayan, My Armenia Program

From the collection of the Dilijan Local Lore Museum

Photo by Areg Balayan, My Armenia Program

From the collection of the Dilijan Local Lore Museum

Photo by Areg Balayan, My Armenia Program

From the collection of the Dilijan Local Lore Museum

Photo by Areg Balayan, My Armenia Program

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