Museum collections are currently in a being conserved rather than displayed,
due to space restrictions and the absence of appropriate museum conditions. The
materials are currently housed in a very small building which itself is in a
precarious situation ever since the earthquake and is used basically as a place
for storage of the collections. In the current conditions it is impossible to
guarantee the required thermal and humidity regime for the preservation of the
materials, were they to be on exhibit. The absence of heating in the storage
houses during the winter months, drastic changes of temperature and humidity
are having disastrous effects, especially on archaeological metals and on the
paintings and drawings.
The Shirak Regional Museum
has neither the capacity to exhibit its treasures, nor to publish information
about them. The Museum currently does not have an permanent exhibition, and the
thousands of artefacts are not accessible to the public. Sadly, these artefacts
remain outside of cultural and scientific circulation. Despite these
difficulties, the Museum has created appropriate conditions for specialists and
students of archaeology, ethnography, and art to become acquainted and work
with the museum's collections. The Museum also welcomes small-sized tourist
In the current conditions, the efforts undertaken by the Shirak Regional
Museum are aimed at the
preservation, restoration and promotion of the tens of thousands of artefacts,
which are considered both national and international heritage. However, these
goals are met with great difficulty. The existing social-economic depression in
the region, hit by the devastating earthquake of 1988, and the continuing lack
of required resources has predestined many historical-cultural treasured to
In the current conditions the Shirak Regional Museum is not only powerless to
carry out its principal functions, but also is not in a position to be actively
engaged in the processes of establishment of democracy, founding of civic
society, supporting the post-earthquake reconstruction efforts, creating new
jobs, fulfilling tourism and infrastructural development projects, and raising
the cultural awareness of society.
Project "Exhibit database, catalogue"
Project "SOS... Museum"