Georgian State Museum of Literature

Georgian State Museum of Literature

17th-19th century editions of the Knight in the Panther’s Skin; Ilia Chavchavadze’s archives; autographs and personal letters from Alexandre Dumas, Ivan Turgenev, Arthur Leist, Marjorie and Oliver Wardrop, Maxim Gorky, Alexander Blok, Andrei Bely, Konstantin Balmont, Valery Bryusov, Boris Pasternak, and other well-known writers… All of this awaits you at the Georgian State Museum of Literature in Tbilisi.

Why Should You Visit the Georgian State Museum of Literature?

The museum itself is located within a historic house - the former palace of the Governor of the Caucasus, Alexandr Baryatinsky. It stands at 8 Giorgi Chanturia Street, near Kashueti Church.

The Georgian Museum of Literature was founded in the 1930s upon the resolution of the poet, Titsian Tabidze and the Union of Georgian Writers. In 1931, the poet Giorgi Leonidze was appointed director of the museum, and it bears his name to this day.

Today, the museum houses a variety of unique objects and manuscripts of Georgian and foreign cultural heritage, including four 12th-century gospels; the archives of famous writers; works of painting, graphic design, and sculpture; photo albums; audio and video records; and more.

In all, there are more than 130,000 items housed within the museum’s walls, each of which is of cultural significance. You will find a collection like this nowhere else on earth.

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