Yeghishe Charents House-Museum
Եղիշե Չարենցի տուն-թանգարան
|Location||17 Mashtots Avenue, Yerevan, Armenia|
The flat where Charents lived from 1935 to 1937 was turned into a house museum by the decree of the Council of Ministers of Armenia on 8 February 1964. Nvard Baghdasaryan was assigned as the director of the museum. Poet's daughters Arpenik and Anahit supported to the establishment and activity of the museum. On 10 January 1975 the museum was open for public.
In 1987 on the occasion of the ninetieth anniversary of Charents's birth and with the support of Karen Demirchian the flat underwent changes, the area of the museum was enlarged. Now the museum occupies an area of 626.3 m2.
The main exhibition occupies the three halls of the museum.
- Hall A: 1897-1918
- Hall B: 1918-1927
- Hall C: 1928-1937
Yeghishe Charents House Museum is a research centre studying the Charents's life, his literary, cultural and social-political activities.
Relics of the poet (his personal belongings, manuscripts, documents, books, photos, other specimens, which bear evidence in support of Charents, great talent for not only poetry writing but also translating and publishing) are exhibited in the Museum.
The most valuable party of the museum is the Memorial House, where everything is arranged as in Charents's lifetime.
The house is furnished quite elegantly – a delicate combination of Western and Eastern tastes: the grand piano "Becker", the typewriter, the furniture of red wood, the carpets inherited from his father, the ottoman, the Chinese panels, the collection of ivory and bronze statues of Buddha, the reproductions of Leonardo da Vinchi, Fra Angelico and so on.
Charents personal library is a part of the memorial house. According to Arpenik Charents in late 30s Charents library consisted of 6000 books, After the poets arrest, a large number of books were destroyed. Now there are 1452 books in the library, which includes many valuable books in different languages on different professional subjects, arts and religions. Charents had a unique collection of books by the Armenian writers: Khorenatsi, Buzand, Narekatsi, Kuchak, Shnorhali, Sayat-Nova, Leo, Tumanyan, Terian, Isahakyan, Metsarents. Having deeply studied old Greek, European and Russian literatures, as well as old Oriental art and literature, he had enriched his collection with Aurelius, Proust, Asvaghosha, Pirandello, Spengler, Tagore and others. Among these books, the 25 volumes of the "Starie Godi"- a Russian periodical published from 1907 to 1916 – are of special value.
Many books in the library are autographed. In the margins there are notes taken by Charents. There are also books Charents was presented with by other writers – Avetik Isahakyan, Hamlik Toumanian, Garegin Bess, Khachik Dashtents and others. Many books have been brought from Tiflis, Moscow, Petersburg and Tsaritsin.
The museum holds exhibitions, literary-musical gatherings, lectures, concerts, meetings, presentations and days of poetry reading.