With its relatively small territory the Republic of Armenia has a great number of historical monuments and museums. The museum network of the country is very rich and versatile. It includes galleries, historical museums, geological and archaeological reserves, institutions representing literature and arts, house-museums of writers and artists.
The greatest Armenian cultural institutions are undoubtedly the National Gallery of Armenia and the National History Museum of Armenia with all their branches. The National Gallery has 14 branches in Yerevan and regions. Yet another great Armenian cultural institution is the Museum of Literature and Arts after Yeghishe Charents which has a total of 5 branches.
Hundreds of Armenian museums are different not only by their nature but also by their authority. Most of them are supervised by the Ministry of Culture; however numerous museums are supported by other state agencies such as the National Academy, Ministries of Defense, Environmental Protection, Science and Education, regional administrations and municipalities. Also there are private museums that belong to parties or individuals.
The total image is very interesting. For example in Gyumri there are several museums and branches that are supported by the Ministry of Culture, regional government bodies, by the city hall and private owners.
Also there are many "open air" museums: Erebuni, Karmir Blur, Shengavit, Zorats Qarer, Zvartnots, Garni, Goshavank and Metsamor.