This unusual museum is located in the open air. Officially called – the Museum of Georgian folk architecture and daily life.
The cozy town museum is located in a beautiful park, in an area of 52 hectares, where you can have a nice time, walking and getting acquainted with the traditional life of Georgia. All the way down to the smallest detail.
It was founded in 1966, thanks to the Georgian ethnographer George Chitaiy, and it was named later in honor of George. George Chitaiy was surprisingly good, strong and responsive person. He was not only an ethnographer, but also a man who worked in the Soviet system that he opposed to on his level. Creation of the museum was the cause of his life.
If you want to read more about it, we recommend you an excellent article written by Moscow journalist Olga Galkina (http://publicpost.ru/blog/id/15861/).
70 houses were collected and brought from all over the Georgia. Special value of them is that once there were resided by real people and real life’s.
Houses are involved in the formulation and represent 14 ethnographic zones: Adjara, Abkhazia, Svaneti, Kartli, Kakheti, Meskheti, Samegrelo, Khevsureti, Javakheti, Imereti, Guria, Racha, Lechkhumi and Ossetia.
Buildings, barns, stables, wine cellars "Merani", hummer mills are located near the houses.
You can go anywhere to touch and taste everything, a vintage housewares furniture, baby cradle, looms large chests, pottery. Do not hurry, you can wander around and feel for the life of the people of that time.
There are also a acting water mill, blacksmith shop and pottery. Everyone can try their hand as a blacksmith – waving a hammer, standing at the forge and iron forge like his first creation or take a master class of pottery and work on throwing wheel.
Houses are different, for example, in eastern Georgia – darbazi, houses are invisible, hiding from the Turks. In the west – traditional wooden roofs made of different materials. A Svan house, built highlands – a stone tower.
The pride of the museum is the tapestries and carpets, which were highly appreciated at an exhibition in Paris.
Folklore Festival “ART-gen” is held annually in the Museum of Ethnography in summer. National choirs, ensembles, pop groups, dance groups in colorful costumes make the museum in a real fairytale ebullient town.
Turtle Lake in Tbilisi is a popular recreation area of Tbilisi residents and visitors of the capital.
Your walk by the museum can be completed in the shadow of the picturesque Turtle Lake or in the wonderful “Rachinskiy” restaurant, where you can have a good rest.
Tue – Sun: 10.00 – 17.00
Closed on Monday
Friends, pay your attention, to the fact that the time and days of Museum of Georgian folk architecture and everyday life ma y change, so before visiting it we recommend you to call +995 (32) 272- 90- 46