To mark the beginning of the restoration of Dadiani Palace, Ambassador Degnan paid a visit to the Art Palace of Georgia, where she announced a $290,000 project to restore the Queen’s Palace and preserve the Palace’s collections.
Dadiani Palace was the historical home of the rulers of Samegrelo, a part of western Georgia that at times included now-occupied Abkhazia. The project will largely focus on renovating the historic Queen’s palace building and creating display space for its irreplaceable historical collection, in collaboration with the Art Palace of Georgia – Museum of Cultural History. This will promote the museum as a venue for cultural interaction with locals and draw tourists from beyond the area. The museum will also create an elaborate program for frequent student involvement, including field excursions.