Open Air Museum of Ethnography, Tbilisi

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More than 8,000 tools, textiles, and household items come to life in a traditional countryside setting at Open Air Museum of Ethnography. Spread across 52 hectares (128 acres) of hilly terrain, this museum features over 70 houses representing 14 ethnographic regions, including Abkhazia, Khevsureti, and Ossetia. In addition to displays of typical architectural style and objects, you'll also absorb the atmosphere of a traditional home and immerse yourself in legends and stories of Georgia if you take a guided tour. From this location you can also get great views of the city and the hills below. Work out when and for how long to visit Open Air Museum of Ethnography and other Tbilisi attractions using our handy Tbilisi online journey planner .
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  • A unique museum-reserve, with which, in my opinion, it is necessary to start acquaintance with the country. Founded in the year 1966. Code-14 were presented the ethnographical zones, now remaining only 9. Unique collection! Almost all exhibits (houses, farm buildings, tools, glassware, ceramics, textiles)-original. Interesting collection of tombstones. But due to lack of funding, all gradually fell into disrepair and one enthusiastic employees is clearly insufficient to maintain a decent condition of the Pearl of the country. An urgent need to do something: m.b. banks, hotels, embassies, oligarchs take under one's wing obetu, restore and then maintain. Well, not to bite your elbows then!
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  • Were at the Museum in marte2018 year, the trip from the city centre by taxi cost 5 lari walk here. After reading reviews, expecting the worst, but we all liked it. Probably 8 houses were opened, each has a warden, which according to Russian or English everything in detail and Interesting talks about her house. For 3 gel per entry per person to believe it is practically free. Thought about the Guide for 45 lari, heard his story with us, very interesting, but we enjoyed it and so, Yes, and our children are young, still early. .. Hit on the process of baking bread in this oven and it tasted. Alas, the Cafe was closed and there was no Wai fai, but we asked for admin password, in order to call a taxi on the way back.
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  • I would recommend this place to everyone because it is an open-air museum. You can learn something about Georgian history and the way they lived many years ago. A taxi from Tbilisi to this place is 7 ...  more »
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  • This open air museum founded over 50 years ago features original houses from different regions of Georgia. Some houses are under restauration but about half to 2/3 can be visited. They are furnished and guides in each house explain the history. On weekends there are interactive activities like baking Georgian Bread or making pottery. Plan several hours and better come in the first half of the day. It's a bit tricky to reach by public transport - take a taxi for the last stretch.
  • Nice place to see pieces of old Georgia in modern Tbilisi. Museum is situated on the hill, consider taking a taxi or a car to get there - walk from a Vake park can be surprisingly long. Museum employs English speaking guides, who can explain what you see there. There are also workshops, you can attend, to make bread or woodwork or do some other manual labor people in villages used to do in the past.
  • price is 3 lari. for students 1 lari. The Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography (Georgian: გიორგი ჩიტაიას სახელობის ეთნოგრაფიული მუზეუმი ღია ცის ქვეშ, giorgi chitaias sakhelobis et’nograp’iuli muzeumi ghia ts’is k’vesh) is an open-air museum in Tbilisi, Georgia, displaying the examples of folk architecture and craftwork from various regions of the country. The museum is named after Giorgi Chitaia, a Georgian ethnographer, who founded the museum on April 27, 1966. Since December 30, 2004, it has been administered as part of the Georgian National Museum.
  • This is the best place I've been in Tbilisi. The above 30 authentic houses from around Georgia, filled with meticulously collected inventory and surrounded by carefully set up yards, immerse you into the mood of the time and area of each scene. Helpful staff readily helps understand all the details. Many thanks to them! A must visit destination in Tbilisi!
  • This was a very neat museum. Lots of fun to walk around in, and the staff we encountered were very knowledgeable. The only disappointment was that quite a few of the building were locked, but no one informed us when we arrived which ones were open or closed. There also was an opportunity to have plaques with information, but there were none.

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