The museum was founded in 1921 initially as the museum of literature 9founder-Ye. Shahaziz). It functioned in the museum of cultural-historical museum of Armenia. In 1954 the museum was formed on the base of materials of museums of literature, drama and the  musical laboratory of R.Melikyan.

Till 1962 the museum was named museum of literature and art of Arm SSR Academy of Science, then of the Arm SSR Ministry of Culture. Since 1967 it has been named after Ye. Charents. The samples of Armenian literature from Sayat Nova up to contemporary period and the manuscrtipts, letters of art devotees, their personal and scenic things, photos ,playbills, phonograms, sculptures, paintings, personal libraries, musical instruments-all these samples are united in the museum.

More than a thousand personal archives and collections are kept in the museum nowadays including more than one million museum samples. The exhibition called “From Sayat Nova to Charents” is exhibited in the museum permanently. In parallel with the permanent exhibition various thematic exhibitions as wellas literature and musical parties, lectures, meetings with workers of culture are organized here.

Director-henrik Bakhchinyan
Address Yerevan, Arami,1
Tel. 56-36-41