What to do on a rainy day in Batumi
The sun and Batumi make the perfect couple in summer. On a sunny day one can visit the famous sights around town or simply relax in the gentle waves of the Black Sea. But what should people do if it rains? This article suggests the most interesting and memorable destinations in Batumi on a rainy day.
Before heading out on an adventure, it’s advisable to buy a raincoat at the nearest toy store. Depending on the quality, the cost may fluctuate from 1 to 10 Lari. Make sure you feel comfortable in your water-proof clothes and get ready for a trip to a museum!
BATUMI ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
The Archaeological museum is one of the most important cultural and scientific centers in the region. Archaeological artifacts from the Bronze Age to Medieval times reflect the lifestyles of Georgian people in the past. Georgian and foreign coins, bronze vessels, glassware, ceramic items and jewelry give you a full picture of the daily lives of the locals in years past.
The Archaeological museum not only presents interesting pieces of work, but also allows visitors to make new ones themselves. Here in the museum workshop, the ceramics specialist holds two-hour long master classes where participants experience working with clay. Take into consideration that you need to contact the museum manager in advance to organize the classes. (+995 577242426 Shorena) After you’ve reserved your place, you have to pay 20 Lari to cover the cost of the lesson and the materials used. If you decide to make your own clay souvenir, you will forever have a tangible reminder of your visit.
KHARITON AKHVLEDIANI AJARA STATE MUSEUM
This museum houses historical artifacts from the XII-IX c. B.C, including some excellent examples of folk art. In one part of the museum people can learn about the geological history, and the flora and fauna of the region, while in the other section items of ethnographic and cultural value are on show. Moreover, Khariton Akhvlediani Ajara State Museum has a small courtyard, where there is a whale skeleton and other peculiar objects on display.
AJARA STATE ART MUSEUM
The Ajara State Art Museum houses paintings of foreign and Georgian artists, such as: Niko Pirosmani, Davit Kakabadze, Lado Gudiashvili, Elene Akhvlediani and others. Along with stunning paintings, the museum also houses graphic works, sculptures and pieces of decorative art. The exhibits in the museum tell you a lot about the vision and interests of people in Georgia. Most importantly, the pieces on display are so impressive that they will leave you feeling inspired.
KEMAL TURMANIDZE ART SALON-WORKSHOP
This is a private studio owed by Kemal Turmanidze – a prominent master of a special woodcarving technique and living guardian of Georgian cultural heritage. The woodcarving process, models, and wood working tools are shown separately according to the fields that they belong to and all this is accompanied by folk music. This museum is recommended for people who want to know more about traditional woodworking.
BROTHER NOBEL BATUMI TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM
This museum is located in the same building where the ‘Batumi Office of the Nobel brothers’ oil industry company was based a century ago. The museum preserves a number of interesting exhibits depicting the economic and cultural development of old Batumi. You can learn about the history of tea culture and discover the interesting biography of Lao Jin Jao and the history of commercial Georgian wines including the history of ‘church wine’ connected with Batumi. This museum shows the important role the brothers played in the technological development of Batumi port and therefore the museum is popular with locals as well as tourists.
The Religious museum is the best place to understand the various religions that have existed in Batumi for generations. More than 300 exhibits from Orthodox Christianity, Catholicism, Judaism and Islam are gathered under one roof. By gazing at religious icons, models of churches, and various other religious relics you can get a good understanding of spiritual life in Batumi.
P.S. My advice is to visit the following three museums in one day – Batumi Archeological museum; Khariton Akhvlediani Ajara State museum and Ajara State Art Museum. All three are very near to each other and you can easily reach them on foot. What’s more, they are open from 10.00 to 17.00 every day except Monday.