The Tbilisi Auto Museum
The Tbilisi Auto Museum is created by the enthusiasm of a Georgian private businessman and collector, he was collecting those cars during 18 years, and later, he decided to make them public. That’s how was founded The Tbilisi Auto Museum. Today, this museum hosts a unique collection of cars, as well as motorcycles, made in the USSR, created at the beginning of the 20th century. The Tbilisi Auto Museum is the first auto museum in the Transcaucasus. That’s why, too many people come here from all over the world to see the rarest cars ever. The most important thing you can see here is protected so-called "Cyclon Cyclonette".
This is same to the “disabled” persons’ car- C-3Д. To tell the truth, this is neither car, nor motorcycle, in official documents it’s called “moto-carriage” (мотоколяска). This car within the others really worth your time. Here you can see any kinds of old cars, from the small Zaporozhets to the huge Zil an Chaikas. The host is very nice and explains the visitor the history behind each vehicle. As we know, some of those cars belong to very important people in the pews, and some of them were just found abandoned in Georgian villages. This museum has its own workshop, where they still continue to repair and restore cars, so keep the collection growing. The museum also offers a range of automobiles for sale... Sounds good! So if you are a retro-cars lover, you should come here! This place is for you. So if you are interested in, you should take a camera with you and visit 79 Automuseum Street, Tbilisi, Georgia. It’s open from 11:00 to 17:00 pm.
How to get there? -> Tbilisi Auto Museum
The Georgian State Museum of Theatre, Music, Cinema and Choreography
If you love history, antiques, if old letters take your breath away, then the At Place Museum is for you. This museum officially is called “the Georgian State Museum of Theatre, Music, Cinema and Choreography”. So, the name almost tells you how many things you can discover here. The museum houses an outstanding collection of objects from Georgian theatre, cinema, folklore, opera, ballet, circus, as well as the oldest manuscripts, boots, letters, photos and even audio posters. Here you can also see the costumes from famous movies, including the famous movie “Color of Pomegranates”, which belongs to Sergei Parajanov’s creatures.
There one can imagine how old movies where creating in Georgia, this museum reflects the history of old and contemporary Georgian Theatre, Music, Cinema and Choreography in front of you. Here one can come across samples of the XVII c. artists, the greatest collection of personal letters, manuscripts, archives of well-known writers and public figures. You can take a guide and hear the beautiful stories about every little thing here. It’s situated in Kargareteli Street 6, in Tbilisi. Works everyday, except Saturday and Sunday, 10:00-17:00. Ticket price is only 2 GEL for Adults. How to get there?-> Art Palace.
Joseph Stalin Museum, Gori.
If you love history, if you ever have heard about World War 2, who won it, who was the head of the USSR, then why not see the birthplace of him? I hope you guess-yes, I’m talking about Joseph Stalin- one of the biggest figure in world history. Does not matter, if he was kind or not, if you liked his personality or not, just believe me, you should see that place. The man who created Red Terror, the leader of the Soviet Union, was born in Gori, which used to be an usual Georgian small city, very simple… and would probably stay that way, but in 1879, in an ordinary poor shoemaker’s wife give a birth to a boy, Soso, the one, who changed the history. This museum is exact place, where he was born. You can feel the wind of the past here. Here you can see his office, where he had signatured many letters, the table, from where he sent people to gulags, or to death… in his cabinet one can see his inseparable pipe, cigars, telephone and other staff.
In the yard of the museum there is the railway cabin... So, the museum has three Parts, each telling visitors about a certain period in Stalin’s life: 1. The first hall upstairs covers his childhood, adolescence, The house, where Soso was born. This visit includes a wood-and-mud brick house, where Stalin lived for the first four years of his life, Stalin, a boy, the one who studied in a religious school, as the gratitude to God for saving Joseph from deadly diseases he had as a child. (here you can read his pastoral poetry). The kind your life’s a joke, ha-ha… This part of the museum can be called a reverent homage to the Gory boy (who later became a key figure of XX century world history). Here you can also see Stalin’s “real” face, with a smallpox all over his face… The museum features his school pictures as well. Then in his early revolutionary activities in Georgia and his seven jail terms.
2. In the second part you can see his personal staff, a 6th copy of his death mask, gifts from all over the world and so on. In this museum is one hall, where the visitors can see different kinds of silver trays, with Stalin’s face on them, a variety of beautiful vases, pictures and other household items. One of the most interesting things is a mini-model of Moscow’s Mausoleum, where Stalin was placed after he passed away, next to the body of Lenin. The central exhibit is Stalin’s boots and his two overcoats. Much illustration by way of documents, photographs, paintings, newspapers and almost everything he had…
and, the last part- 3. Train Carriage- Stalin’s train carriage if one of the most popular tourist place, this is the train, in which he travelled to Yalta in 1945 (he didn’t like flying). So, I think everyone should see that place, at least one of the most famous and victorious person in world’s history was born there. Gori is waiting for you, don’t miss that chance. It’s open every day, from 10.00 to 18:00 in summer, from 10:00 to 17:00 in winter, adults- 10 GEL, children-1 GEL. For exact destination -> Joseph Stalin Museum, Gori.
The Museum of Dadiani Palace- Historical and Architectural Museum in Zugdidi, West Georgia, Samegrelo region, was established in 1921 and contains 41000 items. This is really is an invaluable museum, one of the masterpieces of culture and authority, here you can feel the strength of old Georgia, the power of the Dadiani Dynasty.
The museum complex includes: palaces of the Samegrelo queen Ekaterine Chavchavadze-Dadiani and Prince Niko Dadiani, Court church, and the most wonderful- the Botanical Garden. In 1850 Prince David Dadiani created here a museum, and displayed unique numismatic materials and family collections from the medieval European armor and weapons. So, one can see here numesmatic, ethnographic, archeological and military rooms, where you can see ethnographic objects and fine art, various religious objects, which create such mystic aura, and you feel like you are in a Spain Gothic Church, with ghosts in it (to tell the truth, a German architect, Reiss used Gothic style, while renovating the palace in the 60-ies of the XIX century). Also, fine art samples, archaeological materials from Greek and Georgian antique culture, collection of Christian sacred objects. Rococo, Empire styles and Boulet are alive here. Can you imagine, that here you can see libraries of Napoleon? Yes, here are 6,000 items which belong to Napoleon. This collection includes utterly unique pieces too, such as a Napoleon Bonaparte’s death mask. In the religious corner you can see the garment, which is believed to have been worn by the Virgin Mary. every year in August, the garment is shown to the public, so if you decide to visit that Palace-Museum, and I’m sure you will, you should better come here in August. Also, the botanical garden is bursting into blossom and blooming at this time. Oh, and one more thing, there is one of the greatest collection of books. They belong to this Dynasty. This library consists thousands of items, including : manuscripts, rare books, the volumes from the private library of Napoleon (if you don’t believe, just get there and see with your own eyes!).
If you love military equipments, guns, pistols and everything, you are lucky, because this museum includes an armanent’s collection : more than 200 swords, pistols, guns and other military items. Most of them are Wars’ booty, but some of them are gifts from Russia’s Tsars. The museum is full of intriguing items, which you can’t get out of your head, once you see them. Here you can see also Chinese and Japanese imperial family’s stuff, gifts from British nobility… if you love coins, here you are! David Dadiani loved too, and he left a great collection of coins from all over the world. (even ancient Rome and Greek coins can be seen there). The museum continues to enrich its collection, recovers some previously stolen collections and so on. To sum up, this is the place, which you should see, while you’re alive !
It’s told, that Tsinandali Museum is like a Fay’s Castle, especially in June: everything is mingled here: flowers, grapes, roses, as red as wine, blossomed pomegranate trees, lemon trees, in a nutshell, everything. The flowering of the plants and the ripeness of the fruit are almost at the same time. But, from the beginning of the story, there was a home of the 19th century Georgian aristocratic poet Alexander Chavchavadze. This home was constructed in the style of an Italianate palace in 1835 and was so prominent from other houses, that later, in 1947 the house with its captivating garden became a museum. Alexander Chavchavadze himself is regarded to be the father of Georgian Romanticism and his personal character is emphasized in every corner of the museum and the garden. He was a great poet, a writer, noble person, military leader, diplomat and public person as well as an inventor. Here Chavchavadze frequently entertained foreign guest, from high society, and have kind of a “literature caffe”. For example, frequent guest of this house was well known Russian majestic poet - Griboyedov, who first showcased his comical composition “Woe from Wit” here, and later - the poems dedicated to Nino Chavchavadze. Here, in this room, he proposed Nino to be his wife.
The palace has great love stories, better, than Romeo and Juliet. This house had the best history, it was the place of love, music, authority, wisdom and kindness, all together. Here they used to dance, read grand books, and wander around the maze under the moonlight. Even the air was full of love. Culture was in blossom here: you can see how wonderfully Georgian and European style is mixed together, the garden is analogous to English gardens, the winery- as well. Chavchavadze was the first Georgian noble, who produced and bottled the Georgian Wine according to European methods. His winery is still cultivated and is one of the most popular wines’ outside the Georgia, called Tsinandali wine. This wine combines European and centuries long Georgian wine-making unique traditions. Here one can see the unique collection of wine- 20,000 bottles. The oldest ones are dated to 1841 year’s harvest.
Entrance fee: for adults is 5 GEL, school age children- 3 GEL. The price of ticket includes the entrance of the garden, museum, wineyard and a guide to the museum exhibits. So you should get there and feel the poetry and majesty of love epoch. How to get there? Tsinandali is situated in Tsinandali village, in Kakheti, in the district of Telavi, 79 km east of Tbilisi.