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Written by Shrinivas on July 16, 2020 Share on

These Museums in Tbilisi are a Must Visit in your next trip to Georgia

Several interesting museums exist in Tbilisi, Georgia. The collection is also very diverse as you’ll find, historical, political, crafts, musical instruments and literature artefacts to name a few. Entrance fees are less when compared to other European cities in Tbilisi and the rest of the country. So don’t be intimidated by the ticket size, and you should definitely plan a visit to these museums in the capital.

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Top Museums to visit in Tbilisi

Museum of Georgia (Georgian National Museum)

Georgia Museum, Fine Arts Museum, and National Gallery are housed in downtown Tbilisi, on Shota Rustaveli road. The three museums are all integrated into the Georgian National Museum, Georgia ‘s major museum network. Perhaps the largest network museum is the Museum of Georgia. The museum can be quickly accessed by public transit (bus or subway costs less than 1USD) or by taxi (2USD from the central cities, 5 USD from the suburbs).

The museum contains an impressive archaeological treasury collection of antique, local and imported artefacts dating back to the 3rd millennium BC. Visitors will also appreciate two permanent exhibitions; the one which outlines the natural history of the Caucasus, and the show of the Soviet invasion in Georgia. The admission price is roughly 2 dollars and children under 6 are eligible to join.

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The Natural History Museum is open from 10 am to 4 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. It remains locked on Mondays.

Museum of Fine Arts (Georgian National Museum)

Set in the heart of Tbilisi, the Museum of Fine Arts is located in the former theological seminary site. The museum displays medieval past of Georgia where the Christian Treasury series is a must-see for anyone involved in Georgian arts and culture. The museum is open from 10:00 am till 6:45 pm daily except for Mondays when it is closed. The entry charge is 2 dollars and children under 6 are eligible to enter. Guided tours are accessible in both English and Russian language, and cost around 8 to 10 dollars.

National Gallery (Georgian National Museum)

The National Gallery is also located on Shota Rustaveli Road, in the so-called museum district. Visitors to the National Gallery can enjoy fascinating collections of Georgian paintings and sculptures. Among them is Niko Pirosmani ‘s largest collection of works, which is as interesting and fun for both adults and children. Guided tours are accessible in Georgian, Russian, and English languages. The spot is a great choice for terrace café lovers as you can enjoy your drink on a terrace overlooking the green massif of 9 April Park and then take a walk/rest in the city centre’s fun green field.

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It costs from 2-3 dollars to enter the National Gallery. The entry is free for children under 6 years of age.

Tbilisi History Museum (Georgian National Museum)

Obviously you cannot stop visiting the historic core when you plan to fly to Tbilisi. The Tbilisi History Museum is situated precisely nearby a tourist neighbourhood with small medieval avenues. This former caravan building, surrounded by dozens of open-air cafes, is the favourite attraction for tourists. Visitors may use public transit (city buses costing less than USD 1) or taxis to enter the centre.

The entry fee is below 2 dollars and children below 6 years of age are allowed free entry into the museum.

The State Silk Museum

Georgia is one of the nations on the ancient Great Silk Route. Since the ancient days, soil cultivation here has been a long tradition. The State Museum of Silk is exceptional among the world’s Silk Museums, being one of the largest and with a variety of collections. The museum’s excellent selection varies from collections beginning with mulberry seeds and culminating with the finished silk items. This has been the process since the last two decades. The museum is part of the former Caucasian Sericulture Station complex constructed in 1887-1891 by Polish architect Alexander Szymkiewicz. He had planned the museum’s furniture and library, and the museum building today is on the Cultural Heritage Monuments register.

Svaneti Museum and Margiani Tower

Throughout the ages, Svaneti was the safe keeper of the treasury of Georgia. During invasions, kings sent their resources to the mountains. Such artefacts are now housed in the Svaneti Museum collections in Mestia and constitute one of the most significant collections held in Georgian museums. In addition to displaying original masterpieces of local and manufactured arts and crafts, the Svaneti museum is a significant national social room with its modern media library, modified lobby and roof terrace (in summer). A cup of delicious coffee in a café with a panoramic view of the Svaneti towers and Tetnuldi peak should boost your spirit and provide you with fresh vitality before continuing your trip.

The museum is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm barring Mondays. Entry will cost you 2 dollars (free for children under 6) and additional directed tours (in Russian and English) will cost 12 dollars.

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Dadiani Palace and Museum in Zugdidi

The Dadiani Palace is situated in a small town of Zugdidi, West Georgia. This is the biggest draw in Province of Samegrelo. With its large surrounding park and greenhouse, the centuries-old construction complex is the ideal relaxing spot for both residents and tourists. The museum, located in the Dadiani Palace, houses private artefacts of the Dadiani family. Later in the 20th century, the museum’s holdings were supplemented with local archaeological discoveries. A visit to the Dadiani Palace would be a fun, memorable trip to combine indoor and outdoor experiences in spring and summer months for the entire family. Travel to the site by taxi from Zugdidi train station. The entry cost is 1 US dollar for adults, and children will have to pay for a half-price ticket. The access to the park and garden is free of cost.

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Sighnaghi Museum (Georgian National Museum)

Kakheti is the most popular wine production region in Georgia. It is the finest tourist spot to see and learn, nearly all year round. Kakheti hosts many museums, but three of them are worth visiting. It is located in Sighnaghi-the city of love, which is worth mentioning first. The statue of Tamada (Georgian chairperson of the feast) meets you at the Sighnaghi museum entrance. The museum shows national collections of arts and crafts. The most notable of these are exhibitions of wine vessels in various sizes and scales. Through the museum, the terrace opens an eye-catching glimpse of the Alazani valley and Caucasus mountains.

Also read: Best Day Trips From Tbilisi To Explore The Georgian Countryside

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