Kote Marjanishvili was born in this house in 1872, spending his formative years there. On the first floor, in the now-legendary wine cellar, he put pen to paper on his first plays as a young man, with his family members participating in the productions.
The two-story building has led an interesting life of its own, serving a variety of purposes over the years. From 1922 to 1938 it served as a hospital, before transitioning to a military commissariat from 1938 to 1946. In 1959, it took on its current role as a memorial museum to the great director, and today houses approximately 3,000 objects.
In the museum, you’ll find photos from the Marjanishvili family albums, manuscripts from the great director, memorabilia, playbills, audio and video recordings of different plays, and much more.
There are rich materials representing the director’s work outside of Georgia among the museum’s exhibits. Kote Marjanishvili spent twenty-five years in Russia and worked with important theatrical figures such as Konstantin Stanislavski and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko.
Kote Marjanishvili died on the 17th of April 1933, in Moscow. He is buried in the Mtatsminda Pantheon in Tbilisi.