Niko Berdzenishvili Kutaisi State History Museum
Museum address: 18, Pushkin str., 4600, Kutaisi
Phone: (+995 431) 24 56 91
Fax: ( +995 431) 4 56 91
Date of establishment: 1922
Judicial status of the museum: The Legal Public Entity since 2006 (under the governmental control of Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia)
Type (profile): History
Quantity of stored items: 190998
Museum collection description: The museum was established in 1921, it houses more then 150 thousand items of cultural heritage of the country (from IX-VII c.c. B.C. up to late medieval times). Among them are: Bronze Age and Antiquity period monuments – archaeological discoveries from western Georgia, rare samples Georgian, Roman, Byzantine and Oriental history, everyday life and culture rare objects, collection of oldest epigraphic monuments and Georgian manuscripts – rare charters, ethnographic materials, significant samples of items (goldsmith works, metalwork, ceramics, leather, glassworks, textiles, woodcuts). Permanent exhibitions are displayed in 10 spaces on two floors. In 2005 had finished reconstruction of the "Gold Treasury" hall, and at the moment the permanent display there is done according the modern standards. In 2006 have started rehabilitation of the museum – a full reconstruction of the facilities according the international standard.
Working hours: Everyday, 09.00 – 18.00
Ticket price: Adult -3GEL, students – 2 GEL, schoolchildren - 1 GEL
Free of charge: Children less than 6 years of age and homeless children, employees of Museums, ICOM members, First and second category disabled persons, soldiers, refugees.
Exhibitions: “Vepkhistkaosani world”, “Kutaisi manuscripts”, “Soviet occupation”, “Equip your sword”
Educational Programmes: “Museum’s Volunteers School Educational Center’s programmes.
Publications: Museum’s Annual journal “Khidi”, newspaper “ Museum’s chronicles”, ”Kutaisi’s archaeology”, “Gelati treasure”, “Georgian churches treasure”, ”Kutaisi Museum’s Manuscripts”, “From history of South Caucasus railway” “Mose Gabashvili-bibliophile”, “Antique materials from Kutaisi Museum”, “The Gospel” (manuscript, 1060).
Total space of the museum: 802 m²
Display space: 365 m²
Temporary exhibitions: 69 m²
Storage space: temporary space - 1840 m² (because of the part of museum building is under construction)
The space for restoration: 24 m²
Museum market: 25 m²
Annual quantity of visitors: 4300
Museum building’s status: Immovable monument of Cultural Heritage (The order # 3/181, 2007 of Minister of Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia)