YEREVAN—The 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York opened its doors to visitors on Wednesday. On that occasion, the Russian edition of Forbes magazine presented another eight memorial museums it deemed worth seeing.
These other eight memorials include the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, the Water Disasters Museum in Crimea, the Chernobyl Museum in Kiev, the Gulag Museum in Moscow, the Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima, the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan, the Titanic Belfast Museum in Northern Ireland, and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.
Forbes noted that the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute was opened in 1995, on the 80th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Built on the slope of a hill, where the Dzidzernagapert Memorial Complex is situated, the two-storey building is almost completely underground, Forbes notes.
The exposition of the museum is mostly comprised of photos and texts documenting the mass killings and deportation of Armenians from their historic homeland in the Ottoman Empire in 1915.
The Museum-Institute is part of the Dzidzernagapert Memorial Complex opened in 1967. Set high on a hill, the complex occupies 4,500 square meters of territory and consists of three main buildings: the Memorial Wall, the Sanctuary of Eternity (Memorial Hall and Eternal Flame) and the Memorial Column, “The Reborn Armenia.”
Renovation work is currently under way, and the museum is expected to reopen in April 2015, on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.