Museum of Ethnography Georgia

Time Travel at Museum of Georgian Ethnography

November 11, 2013 - Tbilisi Loves You / Travel to Georgia
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Have you been to a museum which occupies 50 hectares? If yes, please share info in the comments, if not, then read our post and see you soon in Tbilisi! Have you ever wondered how people lived a century ago, what tools and houseware they used/invented/ in their daily life?

If you are in Tbilisi, the Museum of Georgian Ethnography is a must-visit place for everyone. This is a huge open-air area that represents living traditions of this ancient nation throughout many areas. The open-air collection includes up to 70 residential structures brought from different parts of the country, illustrating ancient dwellings and farm buildings from different regions of Georgia.

You can see typical towers and houses for mountainous areas of eastern Georgia here, for West Georgia – wooden houses with roofs made of different materials (straw, tiled or covered with boards). Most importantly, you will see what people used in their every day life centuries ago. For example, can you guess what the picture below illustrates? Want to know the answer?

Museum of Ethnography
Photo by Rita Willaert

Actually, this was invented for newbie girls. Nowadays, we use diapers, but long time ago parents didn’t change and wash diapers every time baby peed. This “device” is for girls (most likely had something similar for boys, but made ​​it with regard to their anatomy). How it worked: baby was tied up under the chest and below the knees to the top of the stick cradle so that would not have fallen, and that thing was pressed …. mm…. there where girls pee. You can find more explanation in the photos below.

Museum of Ethnography
Photo by Rita Willaert

Particular interest presents Hunter’s House on the territory of the museum. The house is typical for the area of VIII-XIX centuries and it is extremely popular among film directors. It usually serves as the interior for the filming historical films. There were filming the movie “1000 and one recipe in love chef” here and during the shooting period Pierre Richard (lucky one!) lived in that house.

The “museum” exhibition includes different kind of buildings: the wine cellar ” Merani ” water mills , barns for storing grain , cattle barns. Those houses represent how people lived in different periods and districts; they show details of everyday life. Some houses were taken from their initial place and rebuilt in the museum area; some of them are built according to the historical prototype. If you plan to go to regions of Georgia, you’d better visit this museum and learn a lot of information about each part of this country and then take a route to villages. The museum also represents carpets and handmade tapestries, which were exhibited in Paris and received a wide recognition.

Museum of Ethnography Georgia
Photo by Rita Willaert

If we motivated you to visit this original museum, consider that the museum is open every day (except Mondays), from 11.00-16.00. Entrance fee for adults is 3GEL ($2) , for students 1.5 GEL (90cents),  if you need guide, then you should pay 10 GEL ($6) for a tour. Ethnographic museum is located between Vera park and Turtle Lake. Formal address sounds a little bit strange, it says follow the turn #1 to Turtle Lake. Visiting the Ethnographic museum will take at least 3 or 4 hours, so you will definitely get hungry. One of those ethnographic houses is now turned into a traditional Georgian restaurant and it would be the best option to visit the restaurant there and enjoy wonderful panorama of the city and delicious Georgian food.

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