Cafesjian Center for the Arts

Cafesjian Center for the Arts

Cafesjian Center for the Arts
4.5
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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The Cafesjian Center for the Arts is dedicated to bringing the best of contemporary art to Armenia and presenting the best of Armenian culture to the world. Inspired by the vision of its founder, Gerard L. Cafesjian, the Center offers a wide variety of exhibitions, including a selection of important work from the Gerard L. Cafesjian Collection of contemporary art. Having celebrated its grand opening in November 2009, CCA continues to exhibit unique works of modern and contemporary art and offers a diverse program of lectures, films, concerts, and numerous educational initiatives for adults and children. Over one million people have visited the Center annually since its opening.
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  • Rashid S
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yerevan trip
    Very nice place to visit and spend a couple of hours in this area. Restaurants and caffe available around.don’t miss to visit Yerevan. One of the most amazing tourist attractions to enjoy in city.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Marie F
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting artistic space.
    This is a really interesting space in the centre of Yerevan. It has multiple floors with different art works and is a lovely place to take a break from the heat. The only negative is that the opening times are very limited - it’s closed Monday to Thursday. But definitely worth a visit if you’re here at the weekend and enjoy art.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 August 2023
  • Dirk W
    Alexandra Headland, Australia10,051 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cascade
    The Cafesjian Center for the Arts is part of the Yerevan Cascade complex. It consists of two sections : external sculpture gardens and internal Art Galleries. It is best to enter from the bottom and ride the seven escalators to the top of the complex ; along the way you can decide to visit the internal part. Also along the way, you see lots of artworks displayed on the side of the escalators. Once you reach the top you start descending on the stairs back towards Tamanyan street gardens, and stop at garden terraces, each with garden beds, fountains, statues and sculptures. On a clear day the views from the top are sensational and you may see Mt Ararat.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 November 2023
  • Helenjen
    Brisbane, Australia881 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    VERY impressive to visit, something for everyone....except a bathroom!!
    This is a VERY impressive place to visit with interesting architecture, amazing views, artwork & sculptures both inside and out and generally something to appeal to everyone. We were surprised that there are no entrance fees and even more surprised that there is no bathroom/toilet/WC in the whole complex! Really, surely one token bathroom where we ladies could all queue up, as we usually do! After spending several hours enjoying the complex, I went from restaurant to restaurant asking if I could use their facilities, and finally, in the nick of time, one did :)
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 February 2024
  • mrc282
    World8,733 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    most iconic structure of yerevan
    ride the indoor escalator to the top, view mount ararat (hopefully), then slowly walk down to the gardens presided over by alexander tamanyan statue. visit day and night to observe the difference the indoor art galleries are only open friday-saturday-sunday from 10 am onwards. but you can access the escalator outside of those days
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 March 2024
  • KarenIgn
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Art Center in the heart of Yerevan
    Great place to walk and indulge the artworks and installations displayed outside. Make sure to go inside the center. Also, walk up the stairs for a wonderful view of Yerevan. The only thing that bothered me was the unkempt hills on the left and right sides.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 May 2024
  • stevebintley
    Bedford, United Kingdom8,654 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing area and views
    Having previously visited the cascade steps in Chisinau I was expecting more of the same, but this is like nothing else! The scale is massive and everything clean and well-kept. The gardens at the base of the structure are a delight alone, and there’s lots of good restaurants and cafes - ideal to recover in if you tackle the climb. And what a climb it is - you’ll need strong legs if you want to reach the top but fortunately there’s plenty of opportunities to sit and catch your breath on the way up. When at the top the views over the city are impressive and on a clear day the mountainous backdrop is gorgeous. I was hesitant whether to go all the way, but if you have the fitness I’d really encourage you to do so. Don’t leave the city without coming here, it was certainly one of my highlights.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 June 2024
  • kimwillrule
    Singapore, Singapore6,119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brutalist Soviet styled contemporary architecture
    Cafesjian Center for the Arts, Yerevan, Armenia: This was the true Brutalist bait that lured us to Yerevan, Armenia. It was jaw-dropping for me in pictures. But standing in front of the spectacular, deeply Soviet-inspired, Brutalist construct left me truly bereft of words. Originally conceived by Soviet grandmaster architect Alexander Tamayan in the 1920’s, works ground to a halt but was finally rescued by American Philanthropist Gerard Cafesjian. The entire grounds is just simply genre defying, beyond the category of contemporary architecture.. We gave the interior exhibitions a miss because the exterior is just so stunning and time consuming to comb through. There are fountains and gardens on every few floors, which throws up a spectacular view of the city. Artworks are strewn everywhere - from the gardens in front of the the floors in between. You don’t need to get a museum entrance ticket. Simply soak in the exterior. #eatstylishtravelstylish
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 June 2024
  • Hudsonmccraw
    Virginia Beach, Virginia3,765 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting for a great view of the city. Stunning in appearance.
    I came across the Yerevan Cascade when it was used as a pickup and drop off point for one of the tours. Which means I wanted to go up the steps to go to the top. On a hot summer day, it was kind of tough to do as I had to stop at several points to rest. But it was totally worth it. Up at the top, there is a monument on a platform. But most impressive, is a most spectacular view of the city of Yerevan with Mt. Ararat in the background. It was so rewarding to get such a view of the city from the top of the Cascade. The art museum had some nice exhibits that make it worthwhile to visit. It was impressive. I was pleased that I was able to visit and enjoy the grandeur of one of Yerevan’s most iconic landmarks.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 June 2024
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Hudsonmccraw
Virginia Beach, VA3,765 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
I came across the Yerevan Cascade when it was used as a pickup and drop off point for one of the tours. Which means I wanted to go up the steps to go to the top. On a hot summer day, it was kind of tough to do as I had to stop at several points to rest. But it was totally worth it. Up at the top, there is a monument on a platform. But most impressive, is a most spectacular view of the city of Yerevan with Mt. Ararat in the background. It was so rewarding to get such a view of the city from the top of the Cascade. The art museum had some nice exhibits that make it worthwhile to visit. It was impressive. I was pleased that I was able to visit and enjoy the grandeur of one of Yerevan’s most iconic landmarks.
Written 20 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

kimwillrule
Singapore, Singapore6,119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Cafesjian Center for the Arts, Yerevan, Armenia: This was the true Brutalist bait that lured us to Yerevan, Armenia. It was jaw-dropping for me in pictures. But standing in front of the spectacular, deeply Soviet-inspired, Brutalist construct left me truly bereft of words. Originally conceived by Soviet grandmaster architect Alexander Tamayan in the 1920’s, works ground to a halt but was finally rescued by American Philanthropist Gerard Cafesjian. The entire grounds is just simply genre defying, beyond the category of contemporary architecture.. We gave the interior exhibitions a miss because the exterior is just so stunning and time consuming to comb through. There are fountains and gardens on every few floors, which throws up a spectacular view of the city. Artworks are strewn everywhere - from the gardens in front of the the floors in between. You don’t need to get a museum entrance ticket. Simply soak in the exterior. #eatstylishtravelstylish
Written 16 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

stevebintley
Bedford, UK8,654 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Having previously visited the cascade steps in Chisinau I was expecting more of the same, but this is like nothing else! The scale is massive and everything clean and well-kept. The gardens at the base of the structure are a delight alone, and there’s lots of good restaurants and cafes - ideal to recover in if you tackle the climb. And what a climb it is - you’ll need strong legs if you want to reach the top but fortunately there’s plenty of opportunities to sit and catch your breath on the way up. When at the top the views over the city are impressive and on a clear day the mountainous backdrop is gorgeous. I was hesitant whether to go all the way, but if you have the fitness I’d really encourage you to do so.

Don’t leave the city without coming here, it was certainly one of my highlights.
Written 9 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

KarenIgn
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Great place to walk and indulge the artworks and installations displayed outside. Make sure to go inside the center. Also, walk up the stairs for a wonderful view of Yerevan. The only thing that bothered me was the unkempt hills on the left and right sides.
Written 11 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

mrc282
World8,733 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
ride the indoor escalator to the top, view mount ararat (hopefully), then slowly walk down to the gardens presided over by alexander tamanyan statue. visit day and night to observe the difference

the indoor art galleries are only open friday-saturday-sunday from 10 am onwards. but you can access the escalator outside of those days
Written 26 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

George
Artemida, Greece1,785 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
It's the most interesting part of Yerevan. It's a pretty long walk from opera - down town - to Mother Armenia statue via a chain bridge, a chain stair and victory Park...
Written 24 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Helenjen
Brisbane, Australia881 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a VERY impressive place to visit with interesting architecture, amazing views, artwork & sculptures both inside and out and generally something to appeal to everyone. We were surprised that there are no entrance fees and even more surprised that there is no bathroom/toilet/WC in the whole complex! Really, surely one token bathroom where we ladies could all queue up, as we usually do! After spending several hours enjoying the complex, I went from restaurant to restaurant asking if I could use their facilities, and finally, in the nick of time, one did :)
Written 9 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia10,051 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
The Cafesjian Center for the Arts is part of the Yerevan Cascade complex. It consists of two sections : external sculpture gardens and internal Art Galleries.
It is best to enter from the bottom and ride the seven escalators to the top of the complex ; along the way you can decide to visit the internal part. Also along the way, you see lots of artworks displayed on the side of the escalators. Once you reach the top you start descending on the stairs back towards Tamanyan street gardens, and stop at garden terraces, each with garden beds, fountains, statues and sculptures.
On a clear day the views from the top are sensational and you may see Mt Ararat.
Written 11 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Marie F
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
This is a really interesting space in the centre of Yerevan. It has multiple floors with different art works and is a lovely place to take a break from the heat. The only negative is that the opening times are very limited - it’s closed Monday to Thursday. But definitely worth a visit if you’re here at the weekend and enjoy art.
Written 15 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Areg G
Yerevan, Armenia188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
As a local, I can prove that it’s one of the most interesting, artistic, unique, with many cafes and restaurants. Also in the very high of Cascade there is a beautiful view to the centre of Yerevan!
Written 9 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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