The Erevan Museum of Folk art is a unique cultural centre preserving and exhibiting select pieces of Armenian traditional decorative-applied arts and primitive fine art. The collection of these was initiated by a group of enthusiastic ethnographers lead by Habetnak Babayan in 1930-ies. Their efforts brought to establishment of the museum. The Museum of Folk Art was founded in 1978 by the Ministry of Culture of Soviet Armenia. The founder and first director was Hovhannes Sharambeyan. The museum’s activity for many years has been aimed at collecting, preserving, developing, and popularization of non-material samples, that are the major part of Armenian decorative-applied art and crafts.