State Silk Museum

  • Address: 6, Giorgi Tsabadze str., 0112, Tbilisi
    Phone: (+995 32) 2 34 09 63, 2 34 09 67, 2 34 78 50                                              
    Date of establishment: 1887
    Judicial status of the museum: Since 2006 – Legal Public Entity (under governmental control of Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia)
    Type (profile): Natural Science
    Quantity of stored items:  9063
    Museum description: 
    The State Silk Museum founded by the natural scientist Nikolai Shavrov is one of the oldest among the world’s silk museums. The museum is located in a building, which was specially built for the Caucasian Sericulture Station in 1887 by Polish architect Alexander Shimkevich. The building has a status of a cultural heritage monument at present. The museum displays quite a versatile and multinational exposition. The collection features objects from 63 countries. Unlike other silk museums (mostly displaying only silk collections) the showing offers everything about silk and sericulture:  a unique collection of cocoons (5 000 cocoons of different origins and variations);  silkworm biology; special containers for silkworms and eggs (approximately 200 containers); a collection of textile artisanally produced in the Caucasus  (19th century); a collection of laces produced in Germany (approximately 400 patterns); a collection of natural and chemical dyes with colored threads (dyes from 16 countries); a butterfly collection  (314 butterflies of 161 species); a collection connected with a mulberry tree and etc. There is a unique library in the museum, keeping rare books dating back to the 18th-19th centuries, these books about natural sciences are in Russian, English, German, French, Italian, Rumanian, Hungarian, Chinese, Japanese, Persian, Arabian languages. Museum and library furniture made according to sketches of the architect A. Shimkevitch have preserved their authentic image until today. 
    Working hours: every day except Monday, 11.00 – 17.00
    Ticket price:
    adults – 3 GEL, students, school pupils – 1 GEL, 
    Participation fee in educational programs ranges from 5 to 10 GEL.
    ICOM members, employees of other museums, people with disabilities, socially vulnerable people – entrance is free  
    Current – The permanent exposition in two halls

    Exhibitions launched in last three years dedicated to the International Day of Museums:
    2012 - “The Secret Power of Shells”
    2013 - The survived collection of butterflies
    2014 - Fiona Davies “Blood on Silk”
    2015 - “Woman with Silk” a photo collection by Konstantin Zanis
    Educational Programs: 
    For adults - “Maintain Brilliance”, a lecture course “Is Textile an Art?” 
    For students - “A Student in the Museum”
    For children - “The Strength of colors”; “Dora’s Gift”; “Meeting with a collector”; one day in a week viewing a collection of butterflies in the museum fund.
    Publications: Reprint of “Silkworm”, museum booklets in Georgian and English languages
    Total space of the museum: 1525 m²
    Display space: 323 m²
    Temporary exhibitions: 168 m²
    Storage space: 62 m²
    Library: 72 m²
    Annual quantity of visitors: 5000
    Museum building’s status: Immovable monument of Cultural Heritage (The order # 3/181, 2007 of Minister of Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia)
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    Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia, ICOM National Committee in Georgia, Georgian Museums Association, Culturological Research Association