Founded in 1935 and named after one of its first director, the historian Sergi Makalatia, the Gori Museum of History and Ethnography is located at 14 Kyrion II Street. It is open from 9:30 am until 5:30 pm every day except Sundays and Mondays.
Professional and amateur historians alike will find plenty to enjoy at the museum, where you’ll find such exhibits as coins from the time of Queen Tamar and King David Narin, a drachma from Alexander the Great, Georgian and Karabakh carpets, church garments embroidered in silk and gold, rugs, musical instruments, ancient flint daggers, and 20th-century firearms and weapons.
81,000 objects are kept in the museum, and each of them tells you a little about the history of Georgia, development, culture, and everyday lives of the Georgian people.
In addition to the aforementioned exhibits, the Gori Historical & Ethnographic Museum’s manuscript department bears mentioning. Its vital mission of preserving the written word has preserved such documents as fragments of a 1667 medieval handbook and the Amiran-Darejaniani and Qaramaniani of King Vakhtang VI, which were copied in 1729.
Also on the display are charters issued by Georgian kings, early printings of the Euchologian, and old issues of the Iveria newspaper.
So, if you’re curious about the history of the country, why not make the Gori Historical & Ethnographic Museum located a stop on your trip to Georgia?