Tbilisi open air museum
Tbilisi open air - Ethnography museum

Tbilisi open air – Ethnography museum

Tbilisi open air museum of Ethnography was founded on April 27, 1966.

The museum is named after Giorgi Chitaia, a Georgian ethnographer and founder of the museum. It was the first open air museum in the whole Caucasus.

Information about Museum :

Tbilisi Open air museum is disposed on the northern ridge of Mtatsminda mountain between the Vake Park and a picturesque area of Tortoise’s pond.

Also,the museum covers 50 hectares of land and is arranged in eleven zones where 70 houses and thrift buildings characteristic for the various parts of Georgia are disposed. The wooden houses have been moved piece by piece from their native villages.

In addition,the main theme of this architectural theme park is the architectural style and the way of living.

Moreover,the museum displays more than 8000 items. The exhibition is represented according to the main territorial subdivisions of Georgia. There are traditional Darbazi-type and fiat-roofed houses from Eastern Georgia, wooden houses with gable roofs of straw or boards from western Georgia, towers from mountainous provinces of Khevsureti, Khevi, Tusheti and Svaneti, wattle maize storages from Imereti and Samegrelo, Khakhetian wineries, Kartli water mills etc.

A collection of household items are is also noteworthy; it contains distaffs, chums, knitting frames, carpets, clothes, pottery, furniture and so on.

Furthermore,there is a basilica from Tianeti and a 6th-7th century burial vault with sarcophagus on the territory of the museum as well.

The festival of Art-gene is firmly connected with the museum. It is an annual folk culture festival held from 2004.

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