Curator's tour of the Armenian Library and Museum of America (kid-friendly)

Tonight, they're opening the museum, just for us.  Don't miss this rare and wonderful opportunity.


A repeat of one of our best-rated events ever.


Come for a wonderful tour of the museum, with the curator, Gary.

Admission to ALMA is $7/person for non-members. If we get eight or more confirmed reservations, I will try to arrange a guided tour.

About the museum:

This Museum’s collections constitute the largest and most diverse holding of Armenian cultural artifacts outside of the Republic of Armenia. They comprise over 20,000 artifacts, including: 5,000 ancient and medieval Armenian coins, over 3,000 textiles and 180 Armenian inscribed rugs, and an extensive collection of Urartian and religious artifacts, ceramics, medieval illuminations and various other items.

The Museum maintains an active program of changing exhibits, averaging 14 exhibits annually, which celebrate the Armenian heritage, past and present, and provide new experiences for returning visitors and display the wide range of materials in the collection. While most of ALMA's holdings are kept in storage for inspection by researchers, less than 5% of the artifacts, are on exhibit at any given time.

ALMA's artifacts include prehistoric, Urartian, religious, ceramic, medieval and various other objects

In the Gallery:

Norton Dodge Collection: Art from the Post-Soviet Period

Exhibit runs from September 22, 2013 to January 2014 (Simourian Gallery, 2nd floor)

Eight works from the Norton Dodge Collection are on display at ALMA for the first time in an exhibit titled “Armenian Art from the Post-Soviet Period [masked]).”


The eight paintings were donated to ALMA by the Homer Dodge Foundation, through the generous efforts of Nancy Ruyle Dodge, Norton Dodge’s widow. The artists represented are Armen Adikhanian, Felix Eghiazarian, Vartan Gabrielian, Sarkis Hamalbashian, Ashot Kazarian, and Samuel Khachikian.

The paintings date from the momentous period spanning the last years of the Soviet Union and the early years of the Armenian Republic, from 1988 to 2005. These critical years began with the 1988 earthquake, continued with the exciting time of the establishment of Armenia’s independence in 1991, and on to the bleak days of hardship during the Karabagh war and blockade of Armenia. The Norton Dodge Collection of Soviet Nonconformist Art is one of the largest collections of its kind, consisting of some 20,000 works, the bulk of them now housed at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutger’s, the State University of New Jersey.



Gourgen Manoukian: Celebrating 50 years in Art

Exhibit runs from Aug. 27 to Oct. 27, 2013

Gourgen Manoukian, born in Yerevan, Armenia, studied at the Moscow Art Institute. He later returned to Armenia and worked in the HAYFILM studios as an art director where he worked on more than thirty films. Exhibiting across the Soviet Union, Manoukian worked in a wide range of artistic expression from graphic design and cinematographic art to miniatures, costume design and his main interest, painting. His work has been featured in a variety of publications, including editions of watercolor, oil painting and a set of specialized illustrations of Armenian ethnic costumes.



On arrival in the U.S., Manoukian became a member of the “Armenian Artist Associates of America”, continuing to exhibit across the U.S. and internationally. His landscapes reflect his memories of Armenia, featuring converging lines of earth and sky and the alternation of shadow and sunlight. He believes that the dynamics of his colors and composition “speak in an international language”, whether land or seascapes, still-life or architectural renderings.

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  • Jimmy

    Great time enjoyed it very much.

    November 23, 2013

  • Elaine C.

    Sorry I was not able to attend - hope to make another event soon.

    November 23, 2013

  • April F.

    Curators were very well informed and engaging.

    November 23, 2013

  • April F.

    Didn't realize there was such a little gem of a museum in Watertown. Great tour, interesting conversations & nice company. Thank you Ron & Jean Ann for organizing.

    November 23, 2013

  • Andrea T.

    Excellent tour - very friendly staff, very informative

    November 23, 2013

  • Maureen

    Great turn out last night, nice to see everyone...thanks Ron for coordinating a lovely evening!

    November 23, 2013

  • Paul H.

    interesting historical perspective

    November 23, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    Great Museum. Friendly people. Interesting conversations. Lots of fun.

    November 22, 2013

  • Mary A.

    Enjoyable and interesting tour of the museum. Good company. Thanks for organizing.

    November 22, 2013

  • Ron R.

    I had a swell time, hope you did, too.

    November 22, 2013

  • Mark

    I"m in for dinner if there is room.

    November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to have dinner afterwards too, if it's not to late to sign up.

    November 22, 2013

  • Elaine C.

    Count me in for dinner afterwards!

    November 22, 2013

  • Wendy

    I am interested in having dinner with our group. Thank you.

    November 22, 2013

  • Jean A.

    Dinner after the museum: Yes, I am doing a bait and switch! After checking out the menu at Talk, I am proposing that we switch to Not Your Average Joe's so we don't exclude anyone based on price. (I've never been to Talk, so didn't realize it was quite that $$.) I'll make a reservation tomorrow for 8:15, based on when Rob thinks we will be finished at the museum, which is next door.

    So far, we are 6 people, based on responses here: Jeff Spin, Andrea Teacher, April Foster, Kathy, Karyn Barry and me. Anyone else for NYAJ? Please leave a note here by noon Friday, if you possibly can.

    See you tomorrow!

    November 21, 2013

    • Jerry

      Could you please add me to the reservation for dinner?

      November 22, 2013

    • Jean A.

      Jerry and Mary Anne, I added you to our # for dinner at NYAJ.

      1 · November 22, 2013

  • Mary A.

    Hi Jean Ann--

    I am also interested in dinner after the Armenian Library tour. Thanks for organizing. Mary Anne

    November 22, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    Count me in for dinner afterwards.

    November 21, 2013

  • Ron R.

    Looking forward to this event.

    I have 65 people signed up among three meetup groups. Please make sure your RSVP reflects your actual intention now. The museum needs to know how many docents are necessary.

    November 21, 2013

  • Ron R.

    Can someone give Irena a ride from Davis Square? Let me know, and I"ll put you in touch.

    November 21, 2013

  • Andrea T.

    I'll be glad to meet for dinner if anything is definite - I look forward to seeing everyone and touring the museum.

    November 19, 2013

    • Ron R.

      we should be finished with the tour by 8:15 or so.

      November 20, 2013

    • Andrea T.

      I'd like to join the group for dinner - thanks!

      November 21, 2013

  • April F.

    Thanks, Jean Ann, for taking on the coordination. If dinner is after the Museum count me in, please. Would prefer the Talk or even NYAJ but would go to Demo's [great rep but my experiences there have been uneven]. Will go where the majority prefer. Again, thank you for your efforts

    November 20, 2013

  • Kathy

    I'll do dinner after the tour. Thanks for organizing.

    November 20, 2013

  • Ron R.

    Any volunteers to organize dinner before or after (or both) the Museum?

    November 20, 2013

  • Donna T.

    Enjoy! I live in Watertown and haven't been there, but am helping a friend move. "Not Your Average Joe's" is right next door to the museum in Watertown Square.

    November 19, 2013

  • April F.

    I can give one person a ride and will be leaving from Brookline.

    November 19, 2013

  • Ron R.

    I can take two people from Belmont in my car.

    Start forming carpools here - if you have room, or would like to rideshare with others, post it here.

    November 19, 2013

  • Ron R.

    Anyone interested in organizing dinner? -- the people from the Social Fun Meetup are going out to Demo's (inexpensive but very tasty Greek Food) immediately before and after the museum.

    November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I already have plans for this Friday night but would love to go to the museum at another date.

    November 18, 2013

  • Jean A.

    Hi everyone! This will be my first meet-up. I moved to H20-town three years ago and have been meaning to visit. This is a great opportunity. Thanks for organizing.

    November 18, 2013

  • Mary A.

    Sounds interesting.

    November 18, 2013

  • Kathy

    Looking forward to seeing the folks attending and the museum. Where and what time will we meet ? Do you know what is available for parking ?

    November 17, 2013

    • Ron R.

      we'll meet in the lobby at 6:30 - we'll be the only ones at the museum, so there's no excuse for not finding us if you're late. There's plenty of parking in the public lot behind the stores (Not YOur Average Joe's, CVS, etc.) - and it's free at that time of night. There's free on-street parking almost everywhere in Watertown.

      November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds interesting; looking forward.

    November 17, 2013

  • faith g.

    Sorry! Sounds great!

    November 16, 2013

  • Ron R.

    Can anyone give Constance Wilson a ride to and from Newtonville? Please email her directly.

    November 16, 2013

  • Cheri L.

    This looks great! I'm looking forward to meeting the group!

    November 16, 2013

    • Ron R.

      yes, it will be great. They're opening the museum on Friday night, just for us. Let your friends know about this special event.

      November 16, 2013

  • Ron R.

    The last time we were here, Gary S. gave us such a terrific tour. It was the best visit I've ever had to a museum.

    We can go out to Demo's afterwards, if you like.

    November 8, 2013

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