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Best 7 Museums in Tbilisi
Written by Idan Bahar
If you want to know more about Georgian culture, see antique Soviet vehicles or just walk indoors on a rainy day, these are the most worthwhile museums in and around Tbilisi.
Not many heard of this amazing place but not far from Tbilisi airport (about 15 minutes from the city center), there is a car museum that contains one of the largest and highest quality collections of Soviet cars in the world. The collection is private and belongs to a collector named Giorgi Mamulashvili who has been collecting vehicles (and motorcycles) for more than 30 years. All vehicles are in exceptional condition and behind each vehicle, there is a story that the guides on site will be happy to share in English. The museum operates daily from 11:00 to 18:00 daily except Monday.
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Georgian National Opera and Ballet Theater of Tbilisi
The Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theater, formerly known as the Tiflis Imperial Theater, is an active opera house that also hosts ballet performances and is located in the center of Tbilisi on Rustaveli Avenue. Established in 1851, it is the main opera house in Georgia and one of the oldest in Eastern Europe. Since its inception, the Opera House has been damaged by crematoria many times and has undergone many restorations under the Georgian and Soviet regimes when the latter ended in 2016 at a cost of about $ 40 million. The building also hosts the Georgia National Ballet and performances are held on-site. This is one of the most special and showy places you will see in Georgia and enjoyment is guaranteed even for those who come for a tour and not a show.
There are guided tours of the English-language opera house, where you can learn about the fascinating history of the place, take a walk in the blue, red hall and the rest of the main halls. There are tours every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday between 11:00 and 17:00 at a relatively low cost.
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Museum of Georgia - Georgian National Museum
If you have limited time and you want to get to see as much as possible, you can access the Museum of Georgia. You will be impressed by 3 museums located in the same place (Museum of Georgia, Museum of Fine Arts, National Gallery). If you do not have much time or paintings and sculptures speak less to you, we recommend that you go straight to the Museum of Georgia. The museum contains several permanent exhibitions with the most significant being the Archaeological Treasure which displays some of the most significant goldsmiths' works from the 3rd century BC. 00-18: 00 daily except Monday.
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Open Air Museum of Ethnography
Have you arrived on vacation in Tbilisi and will not have time to see all the provinces that Georgia has to offer? Here you will take a crash course. This is an open-air museum located in the Vake neighborhood on the way to Turtle Lake. There are over 14 examples of traditional Georgian buildings scattered over a large area. The uniqueness is that you can visit almost every province of Georgia in about two hours and learn about the architecture and traditions of each region. The museum is suitable for pleasant days only. Open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Monday.
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Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum
Inside one of the most interesting hotels in Tbilisi, Stamba, hides an innovative photography and multimedia museum that opened on September 16, 2019. The museum features exhibits by international, regional, and local artists from archives collected over decades from the Tbilisi Photography Festival. The project is led by women while emphasizing the work of photographers in the South Caucasus. The purpose of the museum is to preserve and promote the Georgian cultural heritage and it is a non-profit institution. This is a contemporary exhibition of photography, video, and new media from a new angle. Open Wednesday-Sunday 14:00-19:00.
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Tbilisi History museum
Founded in 1910 as the Municipal Museum of the city of Tbilisi and recently added to it the name of the famous Georgian poet Ioseb Grishashvili. The museum houses over 50,000 items that reflect the history of Tbilisi from BC to the present day. expect to find archeological materials, costumes, weapons, a collection of pictures and artwork, and more. The museum has a number of unique works of art and graphics alongside older works and contemporary art. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.
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Museum of Illusions
Another of the museums that opened in 2019 in Tbilisi and offer a different experience to its visitors. This is a museum with 80 illusion-based exhibitions in which its visitors will discover the limitations of the human mind by changing the perception of vision and other senses through attractive and entertaining facilities in the museum. Day from 10:00 to 22:00.
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