Georgian National Museum. Giorgi Chitaia Ethnographical Museum - The Open Air Museum

  • Address: A1, Tortile Road, 0162, Tbilisi 
    Phone: (+995 32) 2 72 90 45/46
    Fax: (+995 32) 2 98 21 33
    Date of establishment: 1966
    Judicial statusof the museum: since 2004 – unifiedin the Legal Public Entity - Georgian National Museum
    (under the governmental control of Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Georgia)
    Type (profile): History
    Quantity of stored items:More than 8 000 items & 70 buildings

    Museum collection description: The Open Air Museum is located in Tbilisi, Vake district, to the west of "Turtle Lake". It occupies 65 hectares of land. There are 70 samples of various purpose traditional buildings in the museum. The museum is one of the most unique museums in Georgia: you can physically "visit" almost the regions of Georgia (Kartli, Kakheti, Samegrelo, Imereti, Racha, Ajara, Apkhazeti, Svaneti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, etc.) in several hours and learn about the architecture and traditions of different regions. Along with folk architecture, the museum features objects of traditional crafts (carpets, rugs, traditional clothes; metalwork, ceramic, wooden items, etc.).

    Working hours: Everyday except Monday, 10.00 – 18.00
    Ticket price: Adults - 3 GEL, Students - 1 GEL, Schoolchildren 0.5 GEL, Guided Tour Fee - 10 GEL
    Free of charge: Children under 6 years of age and homeless children. Groups: Employees of Georgian and Foreign Museums, ICOM members(with valid identification), people with disabilities (with valid identification), specialists and students connected to museum (with valid identification).

    Exhibitions:Periodical exhibition of different collections in Georgia and in foreign countries museums.
    Educational Programmes:The Georgian National Museum created the Department of Educational Programmes in 2005which are focus on the Museum collections(E-mail:, phone: (+995 593) 328 345
    Publications:Museum catalogues and booklets

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