Artur Mkrtchyan National History Museum of Hadrut

The museum in the town of Hadrut, as other museums, exhibited artefacts from ancient times and displays the way of life in the not so distant past. Its director before independence was Arthur Mkrtchyan, who went on to become the first Chairman of the Artsakh Parliament after independence, and it is natural that there was material devoted to him. The Azokh cave in the Hadrut region is world famous because of the remnants of pre-historic man and of extinct animals found there. Since everything that was found in excavations in the Soviet period was taken to Baku, all the museum could do was to recreate a cave with prehistoric men sitting around fire. As objects of everyday life and tools of husbandry give an idea how people lived in the region before the arrival of modern technology, two posters from the soviet times are very interesting. Most probably drawn for school students regularly led to the museums of the USSR, they show what people can get from a vine and a mulberry tree. Although the latter does mention silk and other things, tellingly, mulberry vodka comes first, as wine is first on the list of produce obtained from vine. 

After Hadrut (city and all region) was occupied in Turkish-Azeri aggression in 2020, the fate of the museum is not known.

Walls of the hall devoted to the Artsakh Liberation War displayեդ the photos of the killed volunteers from Hadrut and the villages of the region. The board above carries the photos of Freedom-Fighters from the town of Hadrut and from Vardashat and Taghaser villages.