About Sights – The Martvili Regional Museum

Originally opened in 1957 and recently refurbished, the Martvili Regional Museum (Georgian: მარტვილის მუზეუმი) in the town of Martvili (Georgian: მარტვილი) in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region of Western Georgia houses a collection of over 55,000 exhibits.

Traditional Georgian saddles at the Martvili Regional Museum

Traditional Georgian saddles at the Martvili Regional Museum

The museum’s collection includes items from the early Stone and Bronze Age period, traditional costume, traditional household items, weapons, manuscripts and charters from the 18th-19th centuries, around 5,000 books and publications from the 19th-20th centuries, as well as paintings of contemporary artists including Lado Gudiashvili’s “Samaya”.

Display of traditional costume at the Martvili Regional Museum

Display of traditional costume at the Martvili Regional Museum

The museum aims to become a regional cultural centre and has developed a Cultural Educational Program to support this.

Display of household items at the Martvili Regional Museum

Display of household items at the Martvili Regional Museum

Georgian weapons at the Martvili Regional Museum

Georgian weapons at the Martvili Regional Museum

Display of wooden tools at the Martvili Regional Museum

Display of wooden tools at the Martvili Regional Museum

Exhibits include gold coins from 4th-2nd centuries BC and a silver coin collection from the 10th-18th centuries.

Display of silver coins at the Martvili Regional Museum

Display of silver coins at the Martvili Regional Museum

How to get there? The town of Martvili is located in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region of Western Georgia, about 280 km from Tbilisi.

The Martvili Regional Museum

The Martvili Regional Museum

All photos courtesy of the Georgian National Museum.

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