Armenian Museum will be the first museum in the United States expressly dedicated to promoting the progression, preservation and study of all that is Armenian…. Armenian History, Culture, Literature, Arts, Music and our Armenian Language.
To construct The Armenian Museum, which is expected to cost $150 million and is scheduled to open on the July 11, 2015, the Executive Committee has directed that the Armenian Museum Foundation join in partnership with the Armenian people of the World. Federal Grants and Founding Sponsors will be contributing $10 million to the project and providing construction of 3 buildings on an estimated 50 acre site to be announced in Los Angeles County, while the remaining $140 million is expected to come from the private sector.
This partnership has resulted in a joint public/private venture between the Armenian Museum Foundation and Armenian Museum Incorporated, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The Secretary of Armenian Museum Incorporated has designated the Armenian Museum Foundation as the official fundraiser for the Capital Campaign for The Armenian Museum. Accordingly, the Foundation will lead the campaign in raising from among individual Armenians, corporations and other foundations the $140 million that will fund the 250,000 square foot main exhibit building, main church, private cultural school with amphitheater, and memorial gardens. Also included is a state-of the- art 150,000 square foot Museum Support Center that will be devoted to the restoration and conservation of Armenian artifacts and exhibit development.
Museums are widely documented to be among the most trusted and credible institutions for public enjoyment and information. They inspire interest, respect and confidence; influence attitudes; motivate support; and encourage involvement.
The Armenian Museum will be the most advanced facility of its kind in the world, according to the Museum’s Director Arsen Samvelian. “This facility will expand the definition of what ‘museum’ means. It will not be a place of dusty display cabinets; it will be a highly interactive environment that presents the remarkable history of ARMENIA: THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION. The Armenian people, our faith and culture, our language, our values, our religion, our sacrifice, and our love in the building of our great empire,” Samvelian said.