The Ararat-Eskijian Museum (“the museum” or “AEM”) was created to enrich, inspire and educate the community through the display of artworks and exhibits, presentation of programs, and collection of research materials, featuring the history and cultural heritage of the Armenian people. To implement this mission, the Museum:
- Collects paintings, photographs, textiles, ancient artifacts, books, coins, and maps
- Encourages the community to contribute historical artifacts and actively participate in the preservation of family history and experiences
- Sustains programs of research, exhibits, education and publication
- Contains a library (which concentrates on materials concerning the 1915 Genocide of the Armenian people)
- Provides a cultural center that presents interpretive exhibitions, literary events, musical programs and public lectures
The AEM serves the largest Armenian community in the Diaspora and is the only Armenian museum on the west coast. The AEM is an associated institution of the Ararat Home of Los Angeles, and is non-partisan and nondenominational.