Open Air Museum of Ethnography

Revived and renovated Kakhetian house at the Open Air Museum of Ethnography

Georgian National Museum Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography invites you on the presentation of revived Kakhetian House on November 9, 2013 at 2 p.m.

"Sajalabo House"

Visitors of Ethnographic Museum will have opportunity to learn more about 19th century Megrelian "Sajalabo House", during demonstration of traditional lifestyle performance.    
21 May 2011 – 21 May 2011

Multicultural Georgia

Open Air Museum of Ethnography presents photo exhibition "Multicultural Georgia". Exhibition will be held On May 21, 2011 at 14:00.
04 May 2008 – 05 May 2008

Spring Festival

Georgian National Museum Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography invites you at the spring festival. Opening event will take place on 4th of May 2008.     
12 Nov. 2006 – 19 Nov. 2006

Abkhazian Day

Georgian-Abkhazian relationships Insitute and Georgian National Museum Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography invites you at the event "Abkhazian Day". Presentation will take place on 12th of November 2006 at 3 p.m.
30 Nov. -0001 – 30 Nov. -0001

Exponents of Georgian Architecture

Museum extends on 52 hectares and includes 14 traditional architectural exponents from different regions of Georgia.
01 September 2015

Courses of the Traditional Georgian Craft 2015

Georgian National Museum Open Air Museum of Ethnography presents courses of the traditional craft. Program will take place every weekend from 1pm to 5pm starting from September 12 and will last until November 22, 2015. The project takes place within the framework of the program supporting and promoting the Georgian traditional crafts and folk art.
24 May 2015

Museum Week: Educational programs and Activities at the Museum of Ethnography

On the occasion of the museum week, Georgian National Museum presents different educational programs and activities at Giorgi Chitatia Museum of Ethnography. Opening event will take place on 24th of May 2015 10:30am.     
26 September 2014

The Stories Heard in Ontopho

Georgian National Museum Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography invites you at the presentation of the revived ethnographic house of Ontopho. Presentation will take place on September 28 at 2 p.m.
09 September 2014

Courses of the Traditional Georgian Crafts 2014

Georgian National Museum Open Air Museum of Ethnography presents courses of the traditional craft. Program will take place every weekend from 1pm to 5pm starting from September 6 and will last until November 22, 2014. The project takes place within the framework of the program supporting and promoting the Georgian traditional crafts and folk art.
05 April 2014

Courses of the Traditional Georgian Crafts 2014

Georgian National Museum Open Air Museum of Ethnography presents courses of the traditional craft. Program will take place every weekend from 1pm to 5pm starting from April 5th and will last until June 29, 2014. The project takes place within the framework of the program supporting and promoting the Georgian traditional crafts and folk art. 
24 November 2013

Final exhibition of craft making program at the Open Air Museum of Ethnography

Georgian National Museum Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography presents final workshop of craft making program and exhibition of crafts made during the last three months of program. Event will be held on November 24, 2013 at 1 p.m.
10 November 2013

Revived and renovated Kakhetian house at the Open Air Museum of Ethnography

Georgian National Museum Giorgi Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography invites you at revived Kakhetian House from November 10, 2013.
15 September 2013

Georgian Folk Crafts at Ethnographic Museum

Georgian National Museum Open Air Museum of Ethnography organizes presentation of Georgian folk craft making program and 19thcentury Megrelian house (Sajalabo).  Event will be held in the frames of  Georgian Folk Craft program, on September 15, 2013 at 2 p.m. 
25 August 2013

"Sajalabo House"

Visitors of Ethnographic Museum whave opportunity to learn more about 19th century Megrelian "Sajalabo House", during demonstration of traditional lifestyle performance.    
24 August 2013

Courses of the Traditional Georgian Craft 2013

The Georgian National Museum and Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography presents courses of the traditional craft every weekend from 1pm to 5pm starting from August 24, 2013. The project takes place within the framework of supporting and promoting the Georgian traditional craft and folk art.
05 June 2013

World Environment day

On 5th of June 2013, from 11:00 till 17:00 Georgian National Museum, G. Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography presents different events dedicated to the World Environment Day.
22 May 2011

Close to the Museum

Georgian National Museum and Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University present the event "Close to the Museum" at the Giorgi Chitaia Museum of Ethnography. Opening event will take place on 22th of May 2011 at 12pm.     
12 October 2006

40 year anniversary of Open Air Museum of Ethnography

October, Open Air Museum of Ethnography celebrates its 40 years anniversary. On the first day of celebration, there will be held opening session and on the second day Ethnographic Museum will host different festival events.
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Visitor Information

Working hours

Tuesday–Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

CLOSED on Monday, and official holidays


Entrance Fees

Adults: 3 GEL

School Children: 0.5GEL

Children (under 6): Free

Friends of Museum (become a member): Free

Free to: ICOM members, museum employees, people with limited abilities, internally displaced persons (IDPs), socially unprotected persons.

Note: visitors receiving special benefits or free admission privileges should present relevant documents


Guided Tours

Up to 10 persons 25GEL

School children groups 10GEL

Guide service is delivered in Georgian, English, German, and Russian languages.


Cloakroom

Cloakroom service is free for the following items: 

  • Coats and jackets
  • Umbrellas
  • Travelling bags and backpacks
  • Motorcycle/bicycle helmets
  • Musical instruments

Handbags (maximum size A3) can be brought into the museum. In case of questionable items , a decision will be made by authorized personnel.

 Following items cannot be checked:

  • Money, documents, and identification documents
  • Check cards and credit cards
  • Valuables
  • Handbags

In case of violating the aforementioned policy, the Georgian National Museum is not responsible for the loss or damage of any items.

Visitors should collect their belongings by the end of the working day. After the museum closes all the items left behind are considered lost. In case of loss of checked items, authorized personnel should be notified immediately.


Recommendations and Regulations

  • The last entrance tickets are sold 30 minutes prior the end of working day. Visitors should leave exhibition halls 10 minutes before the museum closes.
  • Children (under 12) should be accompanied by parents or authorized persons
  • Parents, teachers, nurses, and group supervisors are responsible for children's actions
  • Running, smoking, and excessive noise are prohibited in the museum. Parents are asked not to carry small children on their shoulders.
  • Eating and drinking is allowed only in the cafe or the yard terrace of the museum
  • Each member of the group should stay nearby the authorized supervisor
  • Copying art works in exhibition hall without authorization from the museum administration is prohibited
  • Visitors must keep their tickets until the end of the visit
  • The following items are prohibited in any part (social or exhibition) of the Georgian National Museum: chemical and toxic substances; firearms and weapons; food and plastic bottles; sharp, overweight, or oversized items; other art works, art work reproductions, or casts; scooters, skateboards, or bicycles; pets and animals.

Photo and Video Shooting

  • Taking photos of the museum building and permanent exhibitions for personal purposes are allowed without using flash and tripods
  • Photo and video are strictly prohibited at temporary exhibitions
  • Photography for commercial purposes is subject to prior negotiation and written permission issued by the museum administration and communications department
  • Taking photo or video featuring GNM employees is a subject of prior negotiation with the museum administration

Contact Information

1, Turtle Lake Road, Tbilisi, Georgia

Tel: + (995 32) 272 90 45

Fax: +(995 32) 298 21 33

E-mail: info@museum.ge

 

 

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The Open Air Museum was founded on April 27, 1966 by the famous Georgian ethnographer Giorgi Chitaia.

It is located in Tbilisi's Vake district, to the west of "Turtle Lake". It occupies 52 hectares of land and houses more than eight thousand artifacts brought from all over Georgia.

The Open Air Museum encompasses 14 ethnographic zones: Kartli, Samegrelo, Adjara, Abkhazia, Svaneti, Khevsureti, Kakheti, Meskheti, Javakheti, Guria, Imereti, Racha, Lechkhumi and Ossetia. 

Each exhibit presents a certain historic-ethnographic area of Georgia. Together with architectural monuments, the museum presents ethnographic materials - different kinds of tools, textiles, and ceramics. The museum also includes the 5th-6th century basilica of Sioni, as well as a rich collection of grave stones in relief.

Visitors can explore on their own, or enjoy guided tours around the museum. The museum provides a tranquil environment for visitors to experience Georgian folk exhibitions and festivals throughout the year, and has a quaint Georgian restaurant where you can enjoy the breathtaking view of Tbilisi.