Svaneti Museum

Renewed Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography

On July 1st 2013, renewed Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography opens its doors for visitors. Director of the Georgian National Museum David Lordkipanidze will host guests on the opening day.
24 July 2014 – 10 Sep. 2014

Vittorio Sella`s Photo Exhibition

Georgian National Museum, Embassy of Italy in Georgia and National Geographic Georgia, present photo exhibition by famous Italian photographer and mountaineer Vittorio Sella at Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography. Opening event will take place on 24 of July 2014, at 2 p.m.
29 July 2015

Opening of the Educational Center, Media Library and Guram Tikanadze`s exhibition at Svaneti Museum

Georgian National Museum Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography invites you at the opening of the educational center, Media Library and photo exhibition by Guram Tikanadze. Opening ceremony will take place on July 29, 2015 at 1p.m.
24 September 2014

Svaneti Museum Hosts an International Conference

Georgian National Museum Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography will host a regional conference on the World Heritage and Sustainable Development on 24-25 September, 2014.
17 August 2013

Svaneti Museum hosted an event dedicated to the birthday of Shota Chartolani

The event dedicated to the birthday of Shota Chartolani was organized on August 17, 2013 by the Georgian National Museum at Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography. 
23 July 2013

International Seminar in Mestia: “Contemporary Model of Museum in Post Soviet Countries”

Georgian National Museum, with the support of Goethe Institute in Georgia and in the collaboration with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation/Staatliche Museen zu Berlin organizes international seminar at renewed Svaneti Museum on July 23-26, 2013.    
01 July 2013

Renewed Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography

Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography opens its doors for visitors on July 1st 2013 after a long period of being closed for reconstruction of the museum building.     

Visitor Information

Opening hours

Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Closed on Monday, and public holidays

Entrance Fees

Adults: 5GEL

School Children: 0.5GEL

Children (under 6): Free

Friends of Museum (become a member): Free

Free to: ICOM members, museum employees, people with limited abilities, internally displaced persons (IDPs), socially unprotected persons.

Note: visitors receiving special benefits or free admission privileges should present relevant documents

Guided Tours

Up to 10 persons 25GEL

School children groups 10GEL

Guide service is delivered in Georgian, English, German, and Russian languages.


Cloakroom service is free for the following items: 

  • Coats and jackets
  • Umbrellas
  • Travelling bags and backpacks
  • Motorcycle/bicycle helmets
  • Musical instruments

Handbags (maximum size A3) can be brought into the museum. In case of questionable items , a decision will be made by authorized personnel.

 Following items cannot be checked:

  • Money, documents, and identification documents
  • Check cards and credit cards
  • Valuables
  • Handbags

In case of violating the aforementioned policy, the Georgian National Museum is not responsible for the loss or damage of any items.

Visitors should collect their belongings by the end of the working day. After the museum closes all the items left behind are considered lost. In case of loss of checked items, authorized personnel should be notified immediately.

Recommendations and Regulations

  • The last entrance tickets are sold 30 minutes prior the end of working day. Visitors should leave exhibition halls 10 minutes before the museum closes.
  • Children (under 12) should be accompanied by parents or authorized persons
  • Parents, teachers, nurses, and group supervisors are responsible for children's actions
  • Running, smoking, and excessive noise are prohibited in the museum. Parents are asked not to carry small children on their shoulders.
  • Eating and drinking is allowed only in the cafe or the yard terrace of the museum
  • Each member of the group should stay nearby the authorized supervisor
  • Copying art works in exhibition hall without authorization from the museum administration is prohibited
  • Visitors must keep their tickets until the end of the visit
  • The following items are prohibited in any part (social or exhibition) of the Georgian National Museum: chemical and toxic substances; firearms and weapons; food and plastic bottles; sharp, overweight, or oversized items; other art works, art work reproductions, or casts; scooters, skateboards, or bicycles; pets and animals.

Photo and Video Shooting

  • Taking photos of the museum building and permanent exhibitions for personal purposes are allowed without using flash and tripods
  • Photo and video are strictly prohibited at temporary exhibitions
  • Photography for commercial purposes is subject to prior negotiation and written permission issued by the museum administration and communications department
  • Taking photo or video featuring GNM employees is a subject of prior negotiation with the museum administration


Access help for people with disabilities

The GNM offers various museums with the special facilities to make your visit more enjoyable. If you have any enquiries regarding facilities and services for disabled people, please contact us by telephone + (995 32) 299 80 22.

Entry to the Museum is free and people with disabilities are entitled to free admission to all the Georgian National Museum exhibitions.


After the exhibition, you can visit our stores with your friends and family members. Purchase beautiful jewelry, accessories, great books, postcards and more, all inspired by the GNM's collection. Stores are available at: Museum of Georgian History, National Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts and Sighnaghi Museum.

Contact Information

7, A.Ioseliani St., Mestia, Georgia
Tel: + (995 32) 2 15 73 00
Fax: + (995 32) 298 21 33



The Svaneti Museum is located in north-western Georgia, in the recently-renovated capital city of the Svaneti region, Mestia. The museum was established in 1936 as a Local Museum.

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. 

Archeological discoveries made in Svaneti date back to the 3rd century BCE, and provide evidence of active cultural and social life, as well as connection to Kolkheti-the ancient land of the Golden Fleece encountered by the Argonauts. The archaeological collection contains many examples of ceramics, jewelry, cult or religious objects, armaments, trading instruments, and numismatic collections.

The Svaneti numismatic collection is distinguished by its breadth. The majority of the coins represent the church-treasury. The chronology of the numismatic collection reserved in Svaneti begins with 5th century "Kolkhuri Tetri" and finishes with 20th century Soviet coins. Also notable are collections minted by Georgian monarchs David Aghmashenebeli, Giorgi III, Tamar, Giorgi IV, and Rusudan. The modern collection includes historic European currencies from Poland, Denmark, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

Christian culture collections reserved in Svaneti include many significant Georgian middle century, Syrian, Byzantine, and European artworks.

The majority of the museum icons are made by 11th century Svan masters in a style unique from elsewhere in the Orthodox world, and even from the rest of Georgia. Notable icons include Emperor Diocletian's Torture of St. George by the iconographer Asani, and Christ Pantokrator, painted by Giorgi and Tevdore.  

There are many "capital city school" and folk master's artworks among the unique Georgian painted icons in Svaneti.

There are distinguished relic rooms representing chased/painted icons in the museum. Among them are the Jvartsma (11th-12th century) icon, and an icon donated by the nurse of Queen Rusudan, Silkhan.

The museum collection in Ushguli also includes diverse objects such as 6th Syrian bronze censers, a13th century Venetian altar cross known as the "Lataijvari," 13th century Italian medallions, and 14th century German wooden glass.

The manuscript archives include medieval ecclesiastic manuscripts written on parchment and paper, palimplsestic papers, and illuminated manuscripts:

5th century judgment from Jerusalem, liturgical and hymnographical collections from the 5th-6th centuries, 14th-15th century documents written on wood, and books printed between the 17th and 19th centuries (among them the 18th century "Tueni" printed in Erekle II's printing-house) are presented in the manuscript collection.

Traditional Svan life is represented through 19th century photos, Svanetian domestic items, economic and battle instruments, jewelry, and the towers standing in Mestia and Ushguli.

The GNM is not only the administrative overseer for this museum and its collection, but is also responsible for this region's magnificent architectural treasures. The village of Chajashi with its outstanding towers and castles is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is a part of the GNM Open Air Museum.

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