The real estate owned by citizen Rusudan Torghvashvili, which was located in the building of Merab Kostava Memorial House-Museum of the Union of Museums of Tbilisi City Hall, has been redeemed by Tbilisi City Hall and complete renovation-rehabilitation works are planned in the museum.
The role of Merab Kostava and the National Movement is extremely important in the recent history of Georgia. Merab Kostava’s contribution to the struggle for Georgia’s independence is invaluable. Under the Soviet regime, Merab Kostava was a prominent figure in the dissident movement, not only in Georgia but throughout the Soviet Union.
In 1991, at the initiative and under the leadership of the first President of Georgia, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, Merab Kostava Memorial House-Museum was opened in his own house.
Since 2016, Merab Kostava Memorial House-Museum has been a structural unit of “the Union of Tbilisi Museums”.
The museum preserves unique materials, personal belongings, memorial furniture, his library, manuscripts and more. It is also significant that the museum combines photos and documentary material, letters, illegal magazines and newspapers published in that period and other things of the national liberation movement of the second half of the twentieth century. In the twentieth century, the house and yard where Merab Kostava lived became an important center of Georgia’s struggle for independence.
It was a kind of epicenter of these events and is still referred to as “Merab’s Yard”.
The museum is an essential value for the history of the country and is considered as a symbol of the Georgian people fighting for independence.
No significant repair work has been carried out in the museum since its foundation, so its memorial or exhibition spaces have not been able to meet the requirements of a modern museum.
The goal of The Union of Tbilisi Museums is to make Tbilisi Merab Kostava Memorial House-Museum a new center of attraction in the capital, for our fellow citizens, as well as for tourists interested in the recent history of Georgia.