On March 13, 1970 the first Children's Art Gallery was founded by an art critic Henrik Igityan and art teacher Zhanna Aghamiryan in Yerevan, Armenia.
This was the first such museum not only in Soviet Union but in the whole world. In 1978 the Children's Art Gallery transformed into the Children’s Art Museum. Afterwards, on the basis of this museum the National Center of Aesthetics (NCA) was established. For more than 40 years Children’s Art Museum has been representing children’s art as a part of the world art and culture.
The three divisions constitute the museum: Armenian, International and Exhibitional. The last one is the space for the exhibitions where children and students from the Fine Arts and Decorative Applied Arts studio-college at the National Center of Aesthetics and from NCA’s braches in Gyumri, Vanadzor, Goris, Meghri and Sevan present their works.
This space serves also for local and international collaborative projects and exhibitions.
The Children’s art museum's permanent collection includes about 150,000 children’s art works from Armenia and over 120 countries of the world. In one of its rooms there is an exhibition of the series of paintings reflecting on H. Tumaniyan’s fairy tales, in the other one – illustrations of David of Sasoun epic poem.
Decorative-applied art is presented in museum by ceramic projects of "Noah’s Ark", David of Sasoun, and Tower of Babel. The exposition of this section includes also batiks (silk painting) based on Biblical and Epic themes, wooden, metal and stone exhibits, tapestries, embroideries, carpets...
Museum of Children’s Art is widely known all over the world.