Gonio Apsarus Archaeological-Architectural Museum Reserve Museum-Reserves

Museum-Reserve address: Batumi Muncipality, Gonio-Kvariati district, 55, Apsarosi highway
Date of establishment of the museum-reserve: 1994
Legal status of the museum-reserve: since 2012 – unified Legal Entity under Public Law (LEPL) – Cultural Heritage Preservation Aganecy of Ajara
Museum-Reserve type (profile): Historical
Quantity of stored items:

Museum-Reserve collection description: The Museum-Reserve covers the area of Gonio-Apsarosi castle and the adjacent territories. Visitor will see: The Ancient Roman fortress erected at the mouth of Chorokhi River, on the Black Sea shore, its massive defensive wall of the most perfect stonework, reinforced with the counter-forcing structures; several military paths and crenels, remains of the monumental constructions (military barracks, praetorium ) of Roman and Early Byzantine periods, Roman bathhouse, ancient water supply system, fragments of the caravansary of the XVI-XVII cc AD, late medieval clay baking ovens, etc. Archaeological material discovered on the territory of the museum-reserve is of various historical periods with the earliest samples dated by VIII-VII cc BC and the latest – manufactured in the late XIX c. The set of golden things known as “Gonio Treasure”- brilliant samples of high level of craftsmanship and sophisticated art is the most noteworthy of all artifacts. They are exhibited in Kh. Akhvlediani Achara State Museum and in Batumi Archaeological Museum. It was discovered on the territory of Gonio-Apsaros in I-III centuries. Remains of buildings (baths, barracks, praetoriums, various buildings, water supply and sewerage systems, water tanks, wells, etc.).

Working hours: Everyday,  10.00-18.00
Ticket price:
Schoolchildren and Students –  1 GEL., Adults – 3 GEL.
Free admission: Children up to age of 6; Georgian and Foreign Museum staff, ICOM members (cardholders with ID), people with disabilities (upon presentation of valid ID), refugees.

Exhibitions:

Educational Programmes: Discussions about Archaeology, “Guides-voluntaries”, “What the treasure we posses”
Publications: Collected scientific works “Gonio-Apsarosi”

Total Area of Museum-Reserve: 4,75 ha
Total space of the museum:
Permanent exhibition: 130 m²
Temporary exhibition:
Storage space:

Museum-Reserve building’s status: Immovable monument of Cultural Heritage (The order # 3/181, 2007 of Minister of Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia).