What to Learn
Dilijan’s Geological Museum and Gallery
In Armenia the first archeological discoveries were made in Dilijan in the 1850s at a place called Redkin. Over the years the majority of the archaeological materials that were excavated near Dilijan moved to museums in Moscow, Leningrad, Tbilisi and Yerevan. Years later, in 1950, a teacher named Y. Hovsepyan, who removed these samples from cellars and libraries (where they were stored for many years), established Dilijan’s Geological Museum and Gallery. Nothing other than this museum will give a better understanding of the town, its people and history. It houses archeological exhibits, ethnographic items, antique books, silver jewelry and coins, among other artifacts. In this museum you can find rare works of H. Aivazovskiy, G. Bashinjaghyan, V. Surenyants, P. Terlemezyan, E. Shahin, L. Lagorio, J. B. Greuze and the works of Dutch, Italian and French painters from the 16th-18th centuries.
Hovhannes Sharambeyan Folk Art Museum
The Hovhannes Sharambeyan Museum is considered to be the oldest construction of Dilijan. It used to be Princess Mariam Tumanian’s summer residence. In her times the best work by the artists of Dilijan were collected in one house including wood carvings of exceptional delicacy performed by self-trained artists, silver ornaments and belts, tablecloths, trays and agricultural tools.
Ashot Babayan Art Studio
The Ashot Babayan Art studio was founded in 2000. This skillful artist creates his masterpieces from tree roots that he buys from merchants. To craft his pieces he uses liquid glue, acetone, lacquer and paint. The art studio is situated right in the artist's house, where his works are also shown. Ashot Babayan’s sculptures can be found on the streets of Dilijan and are well-known. They are as high in demand in Armenia as they are abroad.
Grisha Hovsepyan Art Studio
Grisha Hovsepyan's art studio located on Sharambeyan Street was founded in 1984. The studio was founded by his father, Revik Hovsepyan. In the workshop the artists work on the artistic refinement of wood and create mainly symbolic stone crosses and special souvenirs typical to Armenian culture, which are then exhibited and sold at the studio. Wood, paint and glue are used in the process of making the souvenirs. This art that has been passed on from father to son is sure to attract those who are interested in the riches of Armenian culture.
Three alumni of the Academy of Fine Arts, Margarita Malkhasyan, Arman Badeyan and Vahagn Davtyan, decided to join together and create an art studio they named Budu Art in 2007. Handmade works of both the founders and Dilijan’s talented artists are displayed there. Young artists practice mainly decorative and applied arts, painting, woodworking and pottery. The art studio is located on Myasnikyan street, in the basement of a two-floor house where everything is reminiscent of traditional Armenian lifestyle and atmosphere. Budu Art souvenirs are very high in demand both by tourists and locals.
Gevorg Makvetsyan Art Studio
Gevorg Makvetsyan has been an artist for about 30 years. He paints and exhibits his works in his house. The delicate and ethereal canvases of the talented painter touch on a wide range of themes and please even the most demanding art lovers.
Ghazar Ghazaryan Art Studio
The artist Ghazar Ghazaryan has been painting for over 30 years. In a small corner on the second floor of his house the painter and his son Mher exhibit their work. With the help of oil paints and watercolors the artists bring the beautiful and perfect to life, allowing us to enjoy the beauty of their surroundings through their eyes.
The King of Wood
Aghasi Khanjyan’s house was built in 1936, and there is a sculpture not far from the home called “The King of Wood.” There are two trees and a man’s head in the middle of the trees. The sculpture resembles a handsome man protecting the surroundings. The head is made of wood and the sculpture was made by A. Sargsyan.