Warm season, sunny day, desire to learn about different regions of Georgia – their dwellings and rich cultural variety of this small country can lead to you one of my favorite places in Tbilisi -Ethnographic Air museum of Georgia. Founded in 1966, It is essentially a historic village populated by buildings moved there from all main territorial subdivisions of Georgia. The museum occupies 52 hectares of land and is arranged in eleven zones, displaying around 70 buildings and more than 8,000 items. The exhibition features the traditional darbazi-type and fiat-roofed stone houses from eastern Georgia, openwork wooden houses with gable roofs of straw or boards from western Georgia, watchtowers from the mountainous provinces of Khevsureti, Pshavi, and Svaneti, Megrelian and Imeretian wattle maize storages, Kakhetianwineries (marani), and Kartlian water mills as well as a collection of traditional household articles such as distaffs, knitting-frames, chums, clothes, carpets, pottery and furniture. There are also an early Christian “Sioni” basilicafrom Tianeti and a 6th-7th century familial burial vault with sarcophagus.

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It’s located near the turtle lake which can be reached from Vake district ( at the end of Chavchavadze Avenue up in the street from the Vake park and Lokomotivi stadium road goes up to the museum). To get there take bus #59 from Rustaveli metro station in the Vake direction and get off at the last stop (or any marshutka which is going to Vake/Bagebi can get you. From there, either walk for about 30 min or take a taxi for 3-4 Lari.

The website will give you more info but in short it’s open from 10AM to 6PM and closed on Mondays. Admission 1.5 Lari, children under 18 – 0.5 Lari, under 6 – free. Guided tours (up to 10 person) – 25 Lari. Guide service in Georgian, English, German, and Russian languages.

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Since 2004, the museum has been hosting an annual summertime folk culture festival Art-Gene founded and managed by the Georgian rock musician and folk enthusiast Zaza Korinteli (“Zumba”).

 

 

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