Dadiani Palaces Historical and Architectural Museum

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DogSnout17
Ottawa45 contributions
Jun 2022
It is a grand building, and is worth walking through. The park is nice. However, museums, acc to the one sensible approach, should have a good reason to exist and a sensible intention. Both seem to be missing here. I would prefer if this place was to become an upscale hotel, which could try to recreate ambience and context in beautiful dining rooms.

As it stands, this is a disconnected assembly of furniture and old objects, and it is a bit unclear what to do with it and in my impression, a visiting schoolclass also seemed befuddled. Yes, there are some great objects there, but they relate to a rarified and still marginalized existence of the Dadiani family, far away from the European aristocracy that they oriented themselves on.

In that, the paintings and objects are (kind-of) interesting, but they are more like ghosts haunting a place that no longer has the life in which they made sense.

There is a connection to Napoleon, in that his sister's descendants married a Dadiani but exhibiting some objects in itself does not really establish or tell that story. I wonder what local children must think when coming out of this place -- yes, a nice building, but they will also see that this does not connect to the local history, to local life, to what happened locally, and to Samegrelo's multifaceted past. It seems more like what might have ended up on a shore after a shipwreck.

On balance: I would offer many of the objects to the Dadiani family, and see whether I could find an investor who tries to create a nice hotel behind and around this building, to make it come alive again. I do not blame the museum director or staff: within the given constraints, I struggle to see how you could make this an engaging and relevant experience.

All that said -- if you want to see a collection that does not know what to do with itself, this is the best possible place to check out. It is, in its loss of purpose and context, like a haunted palace.
Written 5 June 2022
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InnaRed
Tbilisi, Georgia103 contributions
Aug 2021
The palace collection contains some impressive artefacts displaying Georgian nobility's history and living, however the building, the rooms are in very sad condition. Clearly it is underfunded and unprofessionally kept, which is strange because this is easily the only museum of Samegrelo region of such importance. Staff are tired and unfriendly, relaxed and "couldn't care less" attitude displayed everywhere. The garden around the palace is fantastic, well kept. The restaurant on the grounds is quite good (great food, slow service). This museum is a must visit when in Zugdidi, of course.
Written 14 December 2021
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Pierre-Alexandr... C
4 contributions
Jul 2021
First of all, I must say this is an absolutely historical building with a lot of importance for Georgian history. The Dadiani family is very important to understand the past of the Mingrelia region and all of Georgia's.

The Museum understands the concept of preservation and that, we can tell. But the praise stops here.

First of all, everyone should know there are two parts of the Museum and each needs its own paid ticket. Leaving the question of why one should pay to enter a different room of the same museum aside (but really, why?), it is unacceptable that the staff doesn't warn you before buying the tickets. When you buy the standard ticket they offer, nobody tells you that the interesting part of the museum needs another ticket. The only reason I knew about that second part (where they keep medieval treasures) is that I read about it online and had I not asked myself at the end of the tour, I wouldn't have known.
Written 27 July 2021
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NanukaTK
Tbilisi, Georgia1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Couples
We were traveling from Tbilisi to Mestia and visited this place on the way. I was super excited, but received huge disappointment instead.
The stuff was very rude. We only took entrance tickets (and not a guide), but once bigger group hired a local guide (provided by the museum) the museum attendees made sure we moved fast, didn't give us enough time in each room, so the group and guide wouldn't be "disturbed". Once we reached final room, the attendee opened a door for us, which meant that we should leave already. I excited the room to see a painting hanging outside of that room (I left only for few seconds) and once I came back to the previous room local guide aggressively told me that I couldn't come back and that it's a rule set by museum administration.
After I managed to finally get the guide off me to enjoy the museum, the attendee once again opened the door for us to leave. With guide still being passive-aggressive towards us, it was sure that we not welcome there.
The reason here is that those people will do anything to seem "great" to foreign visitors, even if it means (for them) being aggressive to tourists who are from Georgia. All they care about is money, which is obvious based on their behaviour.

P.s. there is not much to see in the museum anyways. Was expecting much more. At least better treatment.
Written 13 July 2021
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karatelpek
Tbilisi, Georgia37 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
The building is out of place in an otherwise decrepit town and has the look of a French chateau. While it only costs 5 lari to visit, we were limited to the main Napoleon centric rooms, with his death mask being the star attraction. Had we paid for the Georgian language guide we would have been able to see what was behind the locked room (icons from my quick peak). Worth the visit if you have an afternoon to kill before you head up to Svaneti.
Written 14 July 2020
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Victor P
Cambridge, MA16 contributions
Oct 2019
First of all, the tickets are less than a dollar per person. For 5 bucks, you can get a Russian/Georgian language tour. Not only Napoleon's, but rather Romanoff's connection is on exhibit. More than the artifacts, I loved the Soviet-era poverty and neglect of the place, purely provincial backwaters. The security guards were so bored that two of them followed me all around the park, only to delegate the surveillance to the ladies of poor lighted, in a need of a dustbuster, palace. Since I was the only visitor at the moment, they all followed me, and, discovering that I speak Russian, opened up on me with massive streams of complaining. About the salaries, about, pensions, about life in general. Never did we mention the contents of the palace in our discourse. I almost led them all out into the courtyard for a warm-up yoga exercise. But not this time. The guards waited for me at the door and followed me till I left the premises at a respectable distance. I decided against the gate and left by climbing over the fence. Friendly people, the M
egrelians, despite the appearances.
Written 15 December 2019
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giorgi b
Zugdidi, Georgia20 contributions
Aug 2019
The Dadiani palace the residence of former Megrelian rulers family palace it the must see place in Zugdidi and Georgia. Built in 19th century palace is the home for many interesting things (pieces of art for example) linked with Napoleon’s family and France. Next to the palace located famous Zugdidi botanical garden.See it and you never regret it.
Written 10 December 2019
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travellerX49
Warrnambool, Australia415 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
This house may have historical associations but it has been poorly maintained and is in a very bad way. Very little of the furniture, and there isn’t much, is original. Much is made of the association with Napoleon but some of the information is incorrect. The guide at this museum does not speak English and her comments had to be translated by our guide. Don’t waste your time and money going here.
Written 25 September 2019
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Jully&Emilia
6 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Really nice architecture, not a random building for a small town. Nice garden. Unfortunately the building not really taken care of, as it could look much better if the walls outside would be pollished/cleaned from old signs of water running from the rooves.
Would still recommend to pass by, nice place
Written 2 July 2019
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Vincent deG
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands20 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
When I came there werent any exhibitions with information. There was a collection of mainly paintings but no information about Georgian history or anything like that. Maybe a part of the museum was closed?

Also there was a lot of staff but it seems they don't really do anything to make the place better.

There were 3 security guys at the entrance sitting behind a desk. They made me store my own luggage in one of the lockers. It seems they were to busy playing games on their phones.
Written 31 May 2019
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