Being founded in 1978, the University Museum of History of Medicine of Armenia (MHMA) was formed partially through the collection of academician Levon Hovhannisyan and private collection of famous medical historian Vladimir Martirosyan, who was the founder and long-term director of the museum.
In 1985, on the initiative of RA Ministry of Health, the property of University Museum was transferred to the Ethnographic Museum of Armenia located in Sardarapat; though creating a subdivision of history of medicine within the ethnographic museum was projected, it was never brought into life. Hence; the Museum of the Medical University was reopened in accordance with the decree No 2147 issued by RA Minister of Health in 1990. Afterward; the Republican Museum of History of Medicine of Armenia was chartered on the base of the Medical University Museum according to the Minister’s decree No 550 of 24 September 1998.
Collections, including over 8000 objects, range from portraits, providing a pictorial and sculptural record of meritorious scientists and distinguished professors, their manuscripts and memoirs, to the exquisitely displayed medical instruments, and appliances used in traditional medicine best illustrating different stages of progress of medicine in Armenia throughout the history.
The MHMA also houses Armenian medical research centers along with the vast array of exhibits demonstrating their activities. The museum and archives record and depict the humanitarian work Armenian doctors and health care professionals have undertaken and conducted in peace and in war; from the Great Patriotic War to the disastrous Earthquake in 1988 and on the battlefield in Artsakh.
The Museum extensive collections include the complete YSMU annals, its founding charter, papers and documents depicting key events in history. Exhibits in the museum sterling halls feature different historical eras – from ancient times to pagan periods, from middle ages to the 19th century leading to the gates of the 20th century. These collections have a global scope and coverage probably not bettered in Armenia and serve as a comprehensive resource platform for students and medical research fellows studying the discipline “History of Medicine”. Given what has been said, collections concerning this specific field of study account for the organization of relevant classes for university first-year students. Visitors of the museum can safely be characterized as researchers, physicians, health care officials and students of various Armenian institutions.
The University Museum displays remarkable collections, exhibits of which undergo specific scientific development and cataloguing. Research projects are also carried out at the MHMA, in RA National Archive, libraries and archives of RA Ministry of Health, as well as in other academic institutions.
The Director of the Museum is Dr. Narine Ghazaryan, who also runs Armenian health care chronology portion in one of the leading Armenian magazines titled “Health”.