Armenian Genocide Museum of America
Located in Washington, DC, the Armenian Genocide Museum of America (AGMA) will be the premier institution in the United States dedicated to educating American and international audiences about the Armenian Genocide and its continuing consequences. Visitors to the Museum will come to understand the Armenian Genocide as the prototype for modern crimes against humanity, including the Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Darfur.
The Museum is strategically located two blocks from the White House, walking distance from the Smithsonian Institution, and down the street from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum — to ensure that Armenian-American issues and concerns, past and present, are never again ignored.
This place of gathering — this center for Americans and Armenians alike — will be a World-Class Museum among World-Class Institutions committed to bringing justice to the memory of the victims of the 20th century's first genocide. AGMA aspires to do so by also highlighting the historic identity of the Armenian people, their culture and creativity, their art and artistry, and their perseverance in the face of adversity.
Visitors will learn about the ultimate failure of the international community to hold the perpetrators accountable for their crimes and hence why a living monument to the quest for justice is vitally necessary, and why the story of the Armenians and all other peoples who have suffered similar fates must be told.
Powerful presentations are instrumental for prompting action and discussion. AGMA interactive exhibits and educational programs will incorporate the latest scholarship with state-of-the-art technology. An online version will offer much the same resonant content to visitors anywhere in the world. Exhibits will focus on the Armenian Genocide to reinforce the universal message of our common humanity and collective responsibility.
The Armenian Genocide Museum of America will offer a place for reflection, where memories and emotions can be confronted in an environment filled with hope, inspiration and a commitment to eradicating the scourge of genocide and stopping other atrocities against humankind.
AGMA is slated for opening before 2011. The historically-designated former National Bank of Washington building in which AGMA will be housed is located at the intersection of 14th and G Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20005. The current plans for the facility call for a 50,000 square foot complex with room to expand in the future.