Museum of Soviet Occupation

From Independence to Independence 1918-1991

The Museum of Soviet Occupation was opened on May 26th, 2006.

The Soviet Occupation exhibition is located on the fourth floor of the Georgian National Museum. It is representing seven decades of the Soviet rule in Georgia (1921-1991). Museum Also dedicated to the history of the anti-occupational, national-liberation movement of Georgia and to the victims of the Soviet political repression throughout this period.

In the museum visitors can encounter the state’s personal files of “subversive” Georgian public figures, orders to shoot or exile.  Also here you will find artifacts, which representing Soviet-era cultural and political repression in Georgia. The exhibition hall is equipped with monitors, where visitors can watch documentaries of various historical events. The exhibition also includes one of the train carriages in which the participants of the national uprising of 1924 were executed.

Museum visitors are also invited to the rich archive and library of the Soviet Occupation Museum.

*Soviet Occupation Exhibition Hall is located in Georgian National Museum; by purchasing one ticket it is possible to see all the ongoing expositions of the museum.

Entrance Fees

  • Adults 10 GEL (until January 1)
  • Students 0.50 GEL
  • School pupils 0.50 GEL

Submission is free of charge for:

  • Children under 6 years
  • ICOM members
  • Friends of Museum (become a member)
  • Museum employees
  • 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

Guided Tours

  • School children groups 10 GEL
  • Georgian Language 25 GEL
  • Foreign Languages (reviewing tour, about 1 hour) – 45 GEL
  • Foreign Languages (extensive tour, 1,5-2 hours) – 60 GEL
  • Exclusive tour (booking in advance) – 200 GEL

Guide service is delivered in Georgian, English, German, and Russian languages.

Cloakroom service is free for the following items: 

  • Coats and jackets
  • Umbrellas
  • Travelling bags and backpacks
  • Motorcycle/bicycle helmets
  • Musical instruments

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
  • Valuables
  • Handbags

As a result 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.

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 café 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
Access help for people with disabilities

The GNM offers various museums with the special facilities to make your visit more enjoyable. If you have any enquiries regarding facilities and services for disabled people, please contact us by telephone + (995 32) 299 80 22. Entry to the Museum is free and people with disabilities are entitled to free admission to all the Georgian National Museum exhibitions.

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Working hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10 am - 6 pm. Last admission 30 minutes before closing. CLOSED on Monday, and official holidays

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