Van Museum information
Lonely Planet review
This compact museum was closed at the time of writing following the 2011 earthquakes, and a potential move to near Van Castle was also rumoured. Check at the tourist information office for the latest update.
The museum boasts an outstanding collection of Urartian exhibits, including exquisite gold jewellery, and an array of bronze belts, helmets, horse armour and terracotta figures.
The ethnographic exhibits upstairs include local Kurdish and Turkoman kilims and a carpeted sitting area, such as is found in village houses. The Genocide Section is a piece of one-sided propaganda displaying the contents of graves left from the massacres of Turks and Kurds by Armenians at Çavuşoğlu and Zeve.