Address: 1, King Tamar str., 4100, Sighnaghi
Phone: (+995 355) 3 24 48, 3 28 62, (+995 032) 2 998 022
Date of establishment: 2007
Judicial status of the museum: unified the Legal Public Entity - Georgian National Museum (under the governmental control of Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia)
Type (profile): History
Quantity of stored items: 10 000
Tuesday–Sunday | 10 am - 6 pm.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
CLOSED on Monday, and official holidays
Adults - 5 Gel (until June 1)
Students - 0.5 Gel
School pupils - 0.5 Gel
Submission is free of charge for:
Children under 6 years
Friends of Museum
People with special needs and for their accompanying persons
Georgian and foreign journalists
Note: visitors receiving special benefits or free admission privileges should present relevant documents
School children groups - 10 GEL
Georgian Language - 25 GEL
Foreign Languages (reviewing tour, approximately 1 hour) - 45 GEL
Foreign Languages (extensive tour, 1,5-2 hours) - 60 GEL
Exclusive tour (booking in advance) - 200 GEL
The Sighnaghi Museum, located in the regional capital of Kakheti, was founded in 1947. The first exhibition opened on December 31, 1950, comprising seven hundred artifacts. The Painting Gallery was founded at the museum in 1967, furnished with donations from well-known and beginner artists.
Today, the ethnographic collection features five thousand artifacts, including textiles, copper and wooden domestic items, agricultural instruments, materials corresponding to viniculture, goldsmith works, different types of working instruments, and musical instruments.
The museum also contains a rich numismatic collection of about two thousand coins, among them ancient Sasanid Persian coins, and coins minted by Georgian monarchs Tamar, Lasha-Giorgi, and Erekle.
Photo and documentary collections numbering around five thousand, and archeological exhibits are also represented in the museum reserves.
The Kakheti Archeological Research Base, co-existing with the Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili Institute of History, Archaeology, and Ethnography was founded in 1973. Its expeditions enriched the archeological collection of the museum.
The Sighnaghi Museum joined the Georgian National Museum complex in 2007. The museum building was reconstructed, security systems were installed, new exhibitions were held, museum funds were supplemented, and the number of artifacts reached sixty thousand.
On the second floor, visitors can find the permanent exhibition of the greatest Georgian self-taught artist of the late 19th-early 20th century, Niko Pirosmanashvili, often known simply as Pirosmani. The second floor also hosts numerous temporary exhibitions throughout the year. This hall hosted a Picasso exhibition in 2009 and a Western European exhibition in 2010.
In contemporary Georgian history, the Sighnaghi Museum is the first museum to perfectly meet the international museum standards. Today, the museum represents a top-tier cultural, educational, and scientific institution.
Cloakroom service is free for the following items:
Coats and jackets
Travelling bags and backpacks
Handbags (maximum size A3) can be brought into the museum. In case of questionable items , a decision will be made by authorized personnel.
Following items cannot be checked:
Money, documents, and identification documents
Check cards and credit cards
In case of violating the aforementioned policy, the Georgian National Museum is not responsible for the loss or damage of any items.
Visitors should collect their belongings by the end of the working day. After the museum closes all the items left behind are considered lost. In case of loss of checked items, authorized personnel should be notified immediately.
Recommendations and Regulations
The last entrance tickets are sold 30 minutes prior the end of working day. Visitors should leave exhibition halls 10 minutes before the museum closes.
Children (under 12) should be accompanied by parents or authorized persons
Parents, teachers, nurses, and group supervisors are responsible for children's actions
Running, smoking, and excessive noise are prohibited in the museum. Parents are asked not to carry small children on their shoulders.
Eating and drinking is allowed only in the cafe or the yard terrace of the museum
Each member of the group should stay nearby the authorized supervisor
Copying art works in exhibition hall without authorization from the museum administration is prohibited
Visitors must keep their tickets until the end of the visit
The following items are prohibited in any part (social or exhibition) of the Georgian National Museum: chemical and toxic substances; firearms and weapons; food and plastic bottles; sharp, overweight, or oversized items; other art works, art work reproductions, or casts; scooters, skateboards, or bicycles; pets and animals.
Photo and Video Shooting
Taking photos of the museum building and permanent exhibitions for personal purposes are allowed without using flash and tripods
Photo and video are strictly prohibited at temporary exhibitions
Photography for commercial purposes is subject to prior negotiation and written permission issued by the museum administration and communications department
Taking photo or video featuring GNM employees is a subject of prior negotiation with the museum administration
After the exhibition, you can visit our stores with your friends and family members. Purchase beautiful jewelry, accessories, great books, postcards and more, all inspired by the GNM's collection. Stores are available at: Museum of Georgian History, National Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts and Sighnaghi Museum.