Museums & Observatories


Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory

Starry-eyed travelers will have a field day at the Soviet-era Abastumani Astrophysical Observatory atop Mount Kanobili. The journey begins with the option between an hour-long hike or a cable car ride to the observatory. With seven telescopes built between 1932 and 1978, a small museum, and a tour option, visitors have plenty of recreational options […]

Borjomi Local Lore Museum

Having opened in 1926, the Borjomi Lore Museum is one of the oldest museums in Georgia. There are over 36,000 items on display, informing visitors of all historical periods of Borjomi. Visitors can learn about the region’s flora and fauna, unique architecture, glass, wood, porcelain, and bronze artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries. Price: […]

Cultural Heritage Monument Firuza

Built in 1892 by the consul of Iran Mirza Riza Khan, the bright blue Firuza palace is at the entrance of Borjomi’s Mineral Water Park. The architecturally savvy onlooker will distinguish the unique blend of Persian, Georgian, and European elements that the building encapsulates. Firuza’s wooden windows, decorative paintings, and impressive mirrors are a style […]

Doukhobors Museum

The Village Gorelovka contains the Doukhobors Museum, and the village was founded in the 1840’s by the Doukhobors. They were a group of Christian Russians exiled to the region by Tsar Nicholas I. The Doukhobors living in the Ninotsminda Municipality were exiled in the mid-19th century. The word Doukhobor means ‘spirit wrestler’ in Russian. Considered […]

Samtskhe-Javakheti Historical Museum

Located on the territory of the reconstructed fortress of Akhaltsikhe, the Samtskhe-Javakheti Historic Museum was renovated and reopened in 2012. The museum displays the extensive history of Samtskhe-Javakheti, starting with prehistoric artifacts and fossils. Visitors will learn about the landscape, environment, metalwork, culture, rituals, and religion of the region’s ancient history. Price: Adults- 3 Gel […]

Vardzia Historical-Architectural Museum-Reserve

Vardzia is the monastery dating back to the twelfth century AD, located on the banks of the river Mtkvari is one of the most important historical sites in Georgia. The location, in the middle of a huge gorge, offers unforgettable views. Until this day, some monks still live in those caves. The popular story behind […]
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