Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme

Black Sea - Unity and Diversity in the Roman Antiquity

Georgia, Adjara, Batumi Archaeological Museum


The Batumi Archaeological Museum (hereinafter BAM), where artifacts of different periods are displayed, is one of the most important cultural and scientific institution in the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, southwestern Georgia.

It was established in 1994 and financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of the Autonomous Republic of Ajaria. 

BAM, in collaboration with the Ashmolean Museum of the Oxford University, conducted joint archaeological expedition in Pichvnari, the Greek and Colchian necropolis of the Classical period, close to the Black Sea shore, during the period 1998-2010. 


BAM operates the restoration lab where the archaeological evidence is being processed for restoration and treatment for exhibition. Particular attention is paid to the artifacts kept in stores, which are permanently monitored and documented with both graphic and photographic means. In the Museum there is a photo lab, a photo archive and a large specialized scientific library as well. BAM is the organizer and initiator of a numerous important scientific forums. The Museum staff actively particip-ates in national and international scientific conferences and symposiums; prepared and published 4 volumes of the BAM activities, different types of monographs, including 5 volumes in conjunction with the Ashmolean Museum, and booklets. In the Museum there is shop, where one can buy unique replicas of the exhibition items.  



The museum designed and implemented several educational programs in which students and teachers of the regional educational institutions were involved. At the end of 2007 a permanent exhibition, chronologically structured, was opened within the Museum, introducing the visitor to the ancient history and culture of the region. Its staff consists of 40 employees, including 10 researchers having PhD degree. The Museum hosts about 3,000 visitors  per year.

In 2013 BAM was under reconstruction. New exhibitions, including The Hoard of Adjara, are to open in April 2014.