Samtskhe-Javakheti Museum

Renovated Exhibition of Samtskhe-Javakheti Museum

Georgian National Museum invites you at the opening of renovated exhibition spaces at Ivane Javakhishvili Samtskhe-Javakheti Museum. The exhibition was added recently discovered exhibits, exposition was technically updated and equipped with the modernized lighting system according to the modern museum standards. 

Exhibition - Samtkhse-Javakheti Museum

The renovated Samtskhe-Javakheti Museum opened in 2012. Archeological, historical, ethnographic, paleontological, numismatic, narrative, and architectural materials reflecting Meskheti historic events from ancient times to XX century are presented at Samtskhe-Javakheti History Museum.  
19 May 2016 – 13 June 2016

GNM Museum Week: Manuscript Heritage of the Balkans: 6th-18th century

Georgian National Museum Ivane Javakhishvili Samtskhe-Javakheti History Museum, in partnership with the Bulgarian Embassy in Tbilisi, invites you to the exhibition "Manuscript Heritage of the Balkans: 6th-18th century". The exhibition will be opened within the Georgian National Museum's week dedicated to the International Museum Day and is part of the Europe Days in Georgia. The opening event will take place on May 19, 2016 at 1 pm.    

Renovated Samtske-Javakheti Museum is open for visitors willing to become acquainted with the history and cultural heritage of the Samtskhe-Javakheti region.

In 2008-2009, the project "Exhibition Organizing and Storage Facilities Developing at the Ivane Javakhishvili Samtskhe-Javakheti History Museum" was implemented in close collaboration and financial support with BP and it's partners. Rehabilitation works have been carried out both in the exhibition halls and in the depositories of the museum.

The renovated exhibition halls display archaeological materials found as a result of excavations conducted during the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and South Caucasian Pipelines, which date back to various periods from the Paleolithic to the Middle Ages.





Visitor Information

Before visiting please consider general recommendations 

Working hours

Tuesday–Sunday | 10 am - 6 pm.

Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

CLOSED on Monday, and official holidays


Contact Information:

1, P.Kharischirashvili St., Rabat Fortress, Akhalsikhe, Georgia
Tel:  + (995 32) 299 71 76
Fax: + (995 32) 298 21 33




The Samtskhe-Javakheti Museum is located in the southern part of Georgia. It was established as an archive-museum in 1923.  In 1937, it was converted into a museum of local history, and its preexisting collection was joined by materials representing regional culture and history. The rich collection of the museum reflects the region's unique qualities on the Georgian border.

The majority of the region's material heritage is represented in the museum: ancient manuscripts, epigraphic and ethnographic material, and photo documents. 

Today, 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.