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National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation Georgia

Museum reserves, museums and cultural heritages of Georgia are collected all together under the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia. Among them you may find Earlier medieval castle-towns, cave-town founded during Hellenistic era, X century museum-reserve located on the rock slope and many other interesting and ancient places.

Cultural Heritage Preservation Agency of Ajara

Museums and cultural heritage of Ajara are collected under Cultural Heritage Preservation Agency of Ajara. Among them you may find Archaeological-Architectural Museum Reserve of Petra and Gonio, ancient bridges and monasteries. The list also includes intangible monuments such as Gandagana – Ajarian national dance and Borano – Ajarian national meal. 

Alexander Chavchavadze House Museum in Tsinandali

House Museum of Prince Alexander Chavchavadze is located in Kakheti region mainly in Tsinandali village. The Museum Complex includes the memorial house, a landscape garden, historical winery, wine cellar, hotel and a café. The landscape garden in Tsinandali is the first European-type recreation zone in Georgia.


Museum of Illusions Tbilisi

Museum of illusions is located in Tbilisi and is a place of interest for all generations. The place offers entertainments such as holograms, optical illusions and observe thoroughly each installation to teach about vision, perception, the human brain and science, the space also has a playroom with intriguing and educational games and puzzles.


Stalin State Museum

Stalin State Museum is situated in Gori – town where Stalin was born. The complex of the museum includes the memorial house, Stalin’s carriage and the two-storeyed exhibition building.


Ethnographical museum Borjghalo

Ethnographical museum Borjghalo is located in Adjara region. The museum is made by Kemal Turmanidze, all models are designed by him. Here you may find models of residential and agricultural buildings typical for the region, mannequins representing Adjarian lifestyle.


Tbilisi Museums Union 


The Union of Tbilisi Municipal Museums” – founded on 2016 the Union of Tbilisi Municipal Museums unites 9 independent museums, mostly memorial houses of significant figures of Georgian cultural and historical heritage (from 19th until 20th century). The Union of Tbilisi Municipal Museums which mission can be defined as a synergy of the traditional museum activity and educational aspect, units following museums:

Ilia Chavchavadze Tbilisi Literary-Memorial Museum

Georgian writer, political figure, poet, and publisher, ideologist of the Georgian national movement in the 19th-20th century. http://tbilisimuseumsunion.ge/en/museum/ilia-chavchavadze-tbilisi-literary-memorial-museum/

Nikoloz Baratashvili Memorial House-Museum

Georgian poet of the 19th century which poetry represents a mixture of Georgian nationalism and European Romanticism, referred sometimes as the “Georgian Byron” http://tbilisimuseumsunion.ge/en/museum/nikoloz-baratashvili-memorial-house-museum/

Zakaria Paliashvili Memorial House-Museum 

Georgian composer regarded (1871-1933) as one of the founded of the Georgian classical music. Founder of the Georgian Philharmonic Society and the head of the Tbilisi State Conservatoire http://tbilisimuseumsunion.ge/en/museum/zakaria-paliashvili-memorial-house-museum/

Mikheil Javakhishvili Memorial House-Museum 

One of the most important novelist of the 20th century Georgian literature http://tbilisimuseumsunion.ge/en/museum/mikheil-javakhishvili-memorial-house-museum/

Galaktion Tabidze Memorial House-Museum 

leading Georgian poet of the early 20th century whose work, influenced by the Symbolist, had a important impact on Georgian poetry http://tbilisimuseumsunion.ge/en/museum/695/

Vakhtang Chabukiani Memorial House-Museum 

ballet master and choreographer of the 20th Century. Founder of Georgian Classic ballet http://tbilisimuseumsunion.ge/en/museum/vakhtang-chabukiani-memorial-house-museum/

Merab Kostava Memorial House-Museum 

National hero of Georgia. Dissident and one of the leader of the National-liberation movement http://tbilisimuseumsunion.ge/en/museum/merab-kostava-memorial-house-museum/

Kote & Soso Tseretelis House-Museum

Kote Tsereteli – famous Georgian orientalist, pioneer scholar of Hebrew and Aramaic in Georgia http://tbilisimuseumsunion.ge/en/museum/kote-soso-tsereteli-museum/

The Dolls Museum 

museum presents the puppets and dolls collection from different parts of Georgia as the exhibits from different parts of the world. http://tbilisimuseumsunion.ge/en/museum/dolls-museum/

Georgian National Museum

The largest museum complex in Georgia founded in 2004 units 12 different museums, The National Gallery, 4 house museums and 2 research centers. The museum exhibits a vast range of the significant collections of art and cultural heritage.  The evidences and proof of the oldest human existence in Eurasia are displayed together with magnificent Medieval Christian art, stunning gold and silver jewelry from the ancient land of Colchis, spectacular modern and contemporary paintings of Georgian artists and masterpieces of the Oriental, Western European and Russian decorative arts.

Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia

The museum currently houses a unique collection of natural and human history, with animal remains dating back 40 million years, and rich archaeological and ethnographic collections from the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze, Iron and Middle Ages.


Soviet Occupation Exhibition Hall

The Soviet Occupation exhibition is located in the Georgian History Museum, representing seven decades of the Soviet rule in Georgia (1921-1991). It is also dedicated to the history of the anti-occupational, national-liberation movement of Georgia and to the victims of the Soviet political repression throughout this period.


Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts

The museum exhibits  the permanent collection of Georgian chased and painted icons, vitreous enamel, jewelry, textiles, and unique works of embroidery, old Georgian wall paintings and masterpieces of Georgian, Russian, European, and Eastern countries.


Tbilisi History Museum

The Tbilisi History Museum, located in a restored caravanserai since 1984, houses over fifty thousand artifacts which reflect Tbilisi's history from the end of the 4 millennium BCE to the present day. The museum presents archeological, ethnological and archival materials as well as the pieces of national and applied arts, and a rich photo-collection. The museum also exhibits pieces of contemporary art.


The Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography

The Open Air Museum, founded in 1966, houses more than eight thousand artifacts brought from all over Georgia and encompasses 14 ethnographic zones. Together with architectural monuments, the museum presents ethnographic materials - different kinds of tools, textiles, and ceramics. The museum also includes the 5th-6th century basilica of Sioni, as well as a rich collection of grave stones in relief.


The Sighnaghi Museum

The ethnographic collection of the museum features five thousand artifacts, including textiles, copper and wooden domestic items, agricultural instruments, materials corresponding to viniculture, goldsmith works, different types of working instruments, and musical instruments. The museum also contains a rich numismatic collection of about two thousand coins, photo and documentary collections. The visitors can find the permanent exhibition of the greatest Georgian self-taught artist of the late 19th-early 20th century, Niko Pirosmanashvili.


The Vani Archeological Museum-Reserve

The museum includes: the archaeological site of Vani, the expedition base, and the museum itself. The museum houses the majority of the archeological materials discovered in the site of Vani. The exhibition covers the period between 800 BCE and 100 CE. Visitors can also see an exhibition presenting the Vani site as a temple-city. This permanent exhibition presents architectural materials and goldwork, as well as unique bronze figures and their fragments.


Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography

The Museum's collections include important archeological and ethnographic materials, a rich collection of Georgian manuscripts, and Georgian Orthodox icons painted in the unique Svan style. It also houses ancient objects dating back to early empires and cultures that made their mark on Georgian history. The archaeological collection (back to the 3rd century BCE) contains many examples of ceramics, jewelry, cult or religious objects, armaments, trading instruments, and numismatic collections.


Bolnisi Museum

Bolnisi Museum is a model of the 21st century regional museum and the new ecosystem in general – where different segments as science, culture, education, and tourism coexist in one space. The permanent exhibition shows the nature of the region, the history of the first hominins, emergence of agriculture, ancient metallurgy and Bronze Age cultures, early-Christian architecture, examples of the old Georgian inscriptions and stone, clay objects of medieval era.


The Samtskhe-Javakheti Museum

The Samtskhe-Javakheti Museum with more than 25 thousand artifacts (among them manuscripts and early printed materials) are preserved in the museum collections. Works of Georgian lapidary (jewel-working) technique and woven carpets have an important place at the museum.


The Elene Akhvlediani House-Museum 

The Elene Akhvlediani memorial house-museum where visitors can find Georgian well-known painter’s pictorial and graphic artworks, theatrical sketches, costumes, book illustrations, photo materials and personal archives. 


Dmanisi Museum-Reserve

Dmanisi Museum-Reserve -a unique place featuring stunning discoveries that are rewriting human history and transforming our view of human evolution. Recent finds in Dmanisi represent the oldest evidence of humans discovered outside of Africa, dating back 1.8 million years.  


Dzalisa Museum

Dzalisa is one of the most important archeological monuments in the historic kingdom of Kartli. Intersecting streets and squares demonstrating urban planning and paved by brick tiles were discovered among the ruins of the city; public buildings, houses, and temples buildings were decorated with distinguished mosaic. The earliest material found in the ruins of the city dates back to approximately 200 BCE; the major buildings are dated to 100-400 CE. 


The Mose Toidze House-Museum

The house-museum of Mose Toidze, academic and people’s artist, contains Toidze’s rich materials archive including diverse genre-paintings and graphics, his personal letters, publications, portraits, photos, and letters  of various artists, students of Mose Toidze People’s Studio, writers, and actors, unique photos of  Nabakhtevi and other expeditions, as well as Toidze’s rich personal library.


Iakob Nikoladze House-Museum

Iakob Nikoladze, considered the founder of modern Georgian sculpture. Sculptural artworks displayed in the studio at the time of Iakob Nikoladze's death provided a base for the house-museum's collection.


The Ucha Japaridze House-Museum

The house-museum hosts fine art and graphic collections, as well as memorial objects pertaining to the artist's life. Over two thousand paintings, five hundred graphics, and seventy personal objects are preserved in the house.


The State Silk Museum


The State Silk Museum of is one of the oldest museums in Georgia. There the visitors may found the various collections including cocoons from different countries, industrial and handicraft textiles, collection about mulberry tree and its products, natural and chemical dyes, biology of silkworm; collection of old photographs about sericulture etc. The Museum still continues educational activities and provides several programs for people who are interested in this field. 

The Book Museum Tbilisi

The Book Museum Tbilisi one of the biggest book museums in the Caucasus region located at National Library of Georgia with the outstanding collection of rare books. The Book Museum includes four spaces:

  • A Museum of rare books
  • the museum of Knight in the Panther’s Skin, medieval epic poem written in the 12th century by Georgia's national poet Shota Rustaveli
  • Ilia’s hall, exposition of great Georgian writer, political figure, poet, and publisher Ilia Chavchavadze cabinet
  • The Marie Brosset book depository.

Address : 7, Gudiashvili str. Tbilisi, Georgia

TEL: 032 297 16 61

Niko Pirosmani House-Museum 

The State Museum was established in Pirosmani’s home village of Mirzaani and includes his family house and an exhibition hall displaying some of the artist’s original works and personal belongings.

Address :  Mirzaani, Dedoflistskaro Municipality

TEL : + 995 590 880 123

The David Baazov Museum of History of Jews of Georgia

Principal museum of the Jewish history and culture in Tbilisi. The museum displays exhibits depicting the friendship between Georgians and Jews. The museum presents photographs and documents of important events for 26 centuries.

Address : 3 Anton Catholicos St., Tbilisi

TEL: +995 32 298 59 92

Zugdidi Dadiani palace

One of the oldest and eminent Palace and museum in Georgia - residence of former Megrelian rulers family Dadiani. The museum ranges the items from the second millennium BC to the end of the 19th century AD.

Address: 116 Merab Kostava st

TEL :  0415 25 16 95

Margiani Museum

The memorial house-museum of Georgian alpinist Mikheil Margiani referred as a “rock tiger”, established in his native house in 1985.