By Tika Bujiashvili
Ethnographic Museum Borjghalo is located in Kakhaberi Settlement, Batumi, Georgia. It is 20 minutes drive from Batumi centre by bus and it is also close to Makhuntseti Waterfall.
Kemal Turmnaidze’s Museum was opened here, on 14 Mikheil Sharashenidze St, three months ago, though previously it was in old Batumi. Later Government gave him a 3 000 sq.m of land where he built all necessary well -equipped buildings, enriched his fantasy, which enables visitors to get acquainted with a real Adjarian village. He himself prepared models of dwelling, agricultural and defense buildings, where he highlighted daily life of one Adjarian family both-rich and poor.
As we found out all mannequins except three are also made by him and they even wear his own clothes.
In the Museum there is a special place, where you can find approximately two hundred works of his wood-cutting activity, such as decorative pannos, which are his exclusives and also winner of several exhibitions, vessels for drinking, which are also special as you can find a special vessel for lovers, to say a toast for Georgia and etc, bowls and other interesting works of art. To make all these things took more than thirty years.
Ethnograpgic museum Borjghalo is a must see place which mesmerizes you with the hospitality of Mr Kemal Turmanidze, the owner of the Museum , who with his three children will be your guide and explain everything in details(In English, Russian and Turkish). He clearly remembers how and when each thing was made, also which material was used and why and if it is possible to use another one. Feel free to ask any question to Mr Kemal, he will have answers on them.
He has many future plans. In the yard of Museum you can find vine. Next year he is going to have vine tasting in his museum. So, bring the whole family and explore the experience of art and culture with exciting and inspiring environment.
From Batumi take the bus N 12, Mini-Buses N 39, 49, 56, 119 132 to the museum.
Thank you to Maya Dolidze to do a great job for me!