Tuesday–Sunday 10 am - 8 pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
CLOSED on Monday, and official holidays
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
Up to 10 persons 25GEL
School children groups 10GEL
Guide service is delivered in Georgian, English, German, and Russian languages.
Cloakroom service is free for the following items:
- Coats and jackets
- 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
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
1, Turtle Lake Road, Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel: + (995 32) 272 90 45
Fax: +(995 32) 298 21 33
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.