Sighnaghi Museum

Ethnography

Georgia is a country of rich ethnographic traditions. Ethnographic details describing the daily lives and traditions of ancient Georgian can be found in Assyrian, Hittite, and Urartian sources.

Medieval Archeology

Details of daily life as experienced in a medieval (4th-18th century) Eastern Iberian settlement can be found at the Sighnaghi Museum's Medieval Archaeology exhibit. 

Niko Pirosmani

The rich collections of the 19th-20th century self-educated artist Niko Pirosmanashvili's are one of the main features at the Sighnaghi Musuem. 

"Lado Gudiashvili`s Artworks"

Lado Gudiashvili is one of the considerable and deeply national artists of XX century. The originality of his artwork, confluence of reality and imaginative worlds in his work were stipulated by his individual creative character and romantic ideology. 
27 May 2017 – 03 June 2017

Personal Exhibition by Ani Bondarenko

Georgian National Museum Sighnaghi Museum invites you to the personal exhibition by 11th grade student of Sighnaghi Public School Ani Bondarenko. The opening event will take place on May 27, at 9 pm, within the project "Night in Museum". 
19 May 2017 – 08 Oct. 2017

Museum Week: “German Painters in Georgia.19th-20th Centuries”

Georgian National Museum Sighnaghi Museum invites you to the exhibition "German Painters in Georgia. 19th-20th Centuries", which will be held in the frames of GNM Museum Week dedicated to the International Museum Day. The opening event will take place on May 19, 2017 at 2 pm. 
20 May 2016 – 20 July 2016

GNM Museum Week: Marine Landscape XVI-XX

Georgian National Museum Sighnaghi Museum invites you to the exhibition "Marine Landscape". The exhibition will be opened within the Georgian National Museum week dedicated to the International Museum Day. The opening event will take place on May 20, 2016 at 1 pm.    
04 Nov. 2015 – 04 Dec. 2015

Enduring Bonds

Due to the occasion of Eu week of culture 2015, the EU Delegation to Georgia, the Let's Meet Europe project, the National Archives of Georgia and Georgian Natioanl Museum present a photo exhibition dedicated to Georgian-European political and cultural relations. The exhibition will take place at Georgian National Museum Sighnaghi museum on November 4, 2015. 
01 May 2015 – 15 May 2015

Exhibition of Traditional Craft – Signagi Museum

The Georgian National Museum's Signagi Museum presents the exhibition of Traditional Craft from May 1st 2015.    
17 Sep. 2014 – 31 Oct. 2014

Vazha Mosulishvili`s Exhibition at Sighnaghi Museum

Georgian National Museum Sighnaghi Museum of History and Ethnography invites you at the solo exhibition by Vazha Mosulishvili's (1961-1985) works. Opening event will take place on September 17th, 2014 at 3 p.m.
16 July 2014 – 16 August 2014

Lost History - the Memory about the Repressed Women

Georgian National Museum Sighnaghi Museum invites you at the exhibition and film screening "Lost History: the Memory about the Repressed Women". Opening event will take place on July 16th 2014 at 4 p.m.
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Visitor Information

Working hours

Tuesday–Sunday 10 am - 8 pm.

Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

CLOSED on Monday, and official holidays


Entrance Fees

Adults 5 GEL
Students 1 GEL
School Children 0,5 GEL
Friends of Museum (become a member) Free
Children under 6  Free


Free to: ICOM members, "Culture Card" owners, 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

School children groups 10 GEL
Georgian Language 25 GEL
Foreign Languages (reviewing tour, approximately 1 hour) 45 GEL
Foreign Languages (extensive tour, 1,5-2 hours) 60 GEL
Exclusive tour (booking in advance)  200 GEL 


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


Cloakroom

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

Shop

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

8, Rustaveli blind-Alley., Signaghi, Georgia

Tel: + (995 32) 223 24 48

Fax: + (995 32) 298 21 33

E-mail: info@museum.ge

 

 

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The Sighnaghi Museum, located in the regional capital of Kakheti, was founded in 1947. The first exhibition opened on December 31st, 1950, comprising seven hundred artifacts. The Painting Gallery was founded at the museum in 1967, furnished with donations from well-known and beginner artists.

Today, the ethnographic collection 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, among them ancient Sasanid Persian coins, and coins minted by Georgian monarchs Tamar, Lasha-Giorgi, and Erekle.

Photo and documentary collections numbering around five thousand, and archeological exhibits are also represented in the museum reserves.

The Kakheti Archeological Research Base, co-existing with the Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili Institute of History, Archeology and Ethnography was founded in 1973. Its expeditions enriched the archeological collection of the museum.

The Sighnaghi Museum joined the Georgian National Museum complex in 2007. The museum building was reconstructed, security systems were installed, new exhibitions were held, museum funds were supplemented, and the number of artifacts reached sixty thousand.  

On the second floor, visitors can find the permanent exhibition of the greatest Georgian self-taught artist of the late 19th-early 20th century, Niko Pirosmanashvili, often known simply as Pirosmani. The second floor also hosts numerous temporary exhibitions throughout the year. This hall hosted a Picasso exhibition in 2009 and a Western European exhibition in 2010.

In contemporary Georgian history, the Sighnaghi Museum is the first museum to perfectly meet the Georgian National Museum Standards. Today, the museum represents a top-tier cultural, educational, and scientific institution.