Ivane Javakhishvili House-Museum

Ivane Javakhishvili House-Museum

In the heart of Tbilisi’s trendy Vake district, you may spot a massive white building. This is the first national university in the Caucasus, which laid the foundation for European-style higher education in Georgia. One of the founders of the university and its rector, Ivane Javakhishvili, was both a great scientist and historian, and a shining symbol of the honour, education, development, and intellectual culture of 20th-century Georgia. In the village of Khovle, twenty-six kilometres from the city of Kaspi, you can find the house museum dedicated to this man’s immense influence on modern Georgia.
Shida Kartli

What Will You See at Ivane Javakhishvili House Museum?

Like many great men, Ivane Javakhishvili came from humble beginnings, and even started conducting his first scientific and experimental works in the house he shared with his parents, brothers, and sisters. Even after he had moved on to bigger and better things, Ivane regularly visited his home in Khovle, which now acts as a museum to his legacy.

Founded in 1968, the Ivane Javakhishvili house-museum opened officially in 1976 in celebration of the great man’s 100th birthday.

In addition to the scientist’s personal items, the museum also contains Ivane Javakhishvili’s extensive library and collection of musical instruments, as well as Bronze Age tools found in the village of Khovle, ethnographic materials, pieces of fine art, and photographic and documentary materials.

One can say that the museum does not represent only one person’s life, but rather the history of all of Georgia.


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