Hovhannes Tumanyan is famous Armenian poet, great philosopher, an inimitable artist who synthesized in his creations the best traditions of Armenian and World Literatiure, and created his wonderful works in all literary genres. One of the greatest literary men of Russia, Valeriy Bryusov, spoke about Hovhannes Tumanyan in following words:
“The poetry by Tumanyan is Armenia itself, ancient and young, returned to life and reflected by the brush of the great poet”.
The brilliant works of the poet were translated in 40 languages and some of them were set to music.
The museum of the most dearly loved Armenian poet was founded by his daughter, A.Tomanyan, in 1953 in memory of the 30th anniversary of his death. In 1969, the 100th year from his birthday, an annex was added to the main structure built in national Armenian style. The museum is situated at an elevation overlooking the street named after the poet. Armenians call the museum “the last abode for Tomanyan’s sole”. The atmosphere of his house in Tbilisi, where he lived, worked and created his masterpieces, was recreated in the house museum in Yerevan. The interior of the rooms was reconstructed; the furniture and even the household articles he used were gathered. The museum occupies the first place among other museums of prominent people with its 18 000 items exhibited. His unique private library, which numbers more than 8 000 volumes concerning history, culture and religion is exhibited and open to the scientists and researchers. The research activities of the museum are related to bibliographical investigations and discovering and gathering of still unknown manuscripts, letters and documents concerning life and creative work of the poet.
Interest for Tumanyan’s literary legacy does not weaken among his innumerable admirers, thousands of whom visit the museum every year. Visit Tumanyan’s house museum, where you can also see numerous copies of manuscripts, documentary photographs, the originals of illustrations to his works made by famous painters. Here you can admire sketches of costumes and decorations by M. Sarian, made for the stage decor of opera “Almast” the libretto for which is written by Toumanyan.
40, Moscovyan Str., Yerevan