About Sights – Kutaisi State Historical Museum

Housed in the former National Bank of Georgia (built in 1894-96), the Niko Berdzenishvili Kutaisi State Historical Museum (Georgian: ქუთაისის სახელმწიფო ისტორიული მუზეუმი) is considered to be one of Georgia’s most important scientific-research institutions.

Kutaisi State Historical Museum

Kutaisi State Historical Museum

The museum contains more than 160,000 items and has an extensive research library and laboratory. Permanent exhibitions are displayed on two floors and items displayed range from a 7th-century BC fertility god figurine to medieval weaponry, historical art, manuscripts and icons dating from the 10th century.

A display at the Kutaisi State Historical Museum

A display at the Kutaisi State Historical Museum

The museum has several ethnographic displays of traditional life in western Georgia.

A display of an Imeretian peasant dwelling and household items

A display of an Imeretian peasant dwelling and household items

A display of weapons at the Kutaisi State Historical Museum

A display of weapons at the Kutaisi State Historical Museum

Examples of goldsmiths art and machinery are displayed.

A display of jewelry and goldsmith machinery

A display of jewellery and goldsmith machinery

The museum houses a superb collection of Georgian manuscripts and illuminated books.

A display of Georgian Gospels

A display of Georgian Gospels

The “Gold Treasury” exhibition contains a marvellous collection of icons and crosses in precious metals and jewels, including a large, reputedly miracle-working icon from Bagrati Cathedral.

A jewel encrusted depiction of the Crucifixion and Ascension from the 11th century.

A jewel encrusted depiction of the Crucifixion and Ascension from the 11th century.

Museum address: 1, Tbilisi str., 4600, Kutaisi. Ticket price: Adult 3GEL, students 2 GEL, schoolchildren 1 GEL.

Kutaisi State Historical Museum

Kutaisi State Historical Museum

Photos courtesy of the Kutaisi State Historical Museum.

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