Night in Museum – All major museums of Georgia welcome visitors for free today
11 May, 2018
Night in Museum – All major museums of Georgia welcome visitors for free today
Today all the major museums throughout Georgia open their doors for free to the visitors late at night. Night in Museum is a special event that annually takes place in Georgia. On May 19 at 9 pm the National Museum of Georgia welcomes everyone to showcase the masterpieces and heritage kept in the museum. As part of the event, almost all the museums
in Georgia will also host a number of visitors for free and offer various interesting programs. Night in Museum starts at 9 pm and last until 1 am.
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Masterpieces created by renowned Georgian painters preserved at National Gallery

The event Night in Museum launched in 2005 by European Council and since then is regularly held in the member countries of European Council. Later, Night in Museum turned into a large-scale event and spread in many countries throughout the world.
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Golden Bowl, Trialeti 2nd millennium BC. Georgian National Museum and the Gold Room

The Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia initiated established Night in Museum as a tradition in 2015.
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Stone Age Georgia – one of the sections in the Museum

Georgian National Museum is well-known for the special artifacts and masterpieces kept in its galleries. The most famous artifact preserved at National Museum is Zezva and Mzia - the oldest evidence of humans discovered outside of Africa, dating back 1.8 million years. The sculptures of the first Europeans - Zezva and Mzia are preserved at Dmanisi Museum-Reserve.

In 1990s, a sensational discovery was made in Georgia - male and female bones, whose age amounted to at least 1.8 million years. The scientists quickly gave these ancient humans their names, Zezva and Mzia, and the title, Homo Georgicus. Besides, they proved that these are the oldest representatives of Human species after the ones that were discovered in Africa.

If you want to get closer to the science, visit the Dmanisi Museum-Reserve, 85 km to the southwest of Tbilisi - a unique place featuring stunning discoveries that are rewriting human history and transforming our view of human evolution.
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Zezva and Mzia - the oldest evidence of humans discovered outside of Africa, dating back 1.8 million years

Below you can check out what kind of events are planned today.

The event is initiated by the Ministry of Culture and Sport of Georgia.

Night in Museum program:

►S. Janashia Museum of Georgia

Address: Shota Rustaveli Ave. 3, Tbilisi, Georgia
9 pm- 00:00 am– Visiting permanent and temporary exhibitions
9 pm- 11 pm – Educational games and activities in museum hall
9 pm- 11:30 pm– Musical performances:
- Hall - 9 pm-9:30 pm– Tbilisi Zakaria Paliashvili Central Music School choir.
- Outdoor (Rustaveli Ave.) - 21:30-9:50 pm – Folk ensemble “Erkvani”
- Hall - 9:50 pm-10:30 pm– National Youth Palace violin ensemble “Si-Mi”
- Courtyard - 10:30 pm -10:50 pm – Tbilisi Zakaria Paliashvili Central Music School guitar ensemble
- Courtyard- 10:50 pm -11:30 pm– Georgian dance ensemble “Egrisi”
- 10 pm-11 pm – Performance – relating to Oriental collections exhibition and expositions of antiquity and Georgian costume

► D. Shevardnadze National Gallery

Address: Shota Rustaveli Ave. 11, Tbilisi, Georgia
9 pm-1 am – Visiting permanent and temporary exhibitions
10 pm and 00:00 am- Guided tours
9:30 pm- 11 pm – Musical performances
9 pm– Public lecture by Nino Khundadze concerning the exhibition of Zurab Nizharadze (Working Language: Georgian)
10 pm-11 pm – Educational games and activities

► I. Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum (Karvasla)

Address: Sioni Str. 8, Tbilisi, Georgia
9 pm-1 am – Visiting Tbilisi history permanent exhibition; Photo exhibition of works by – Henri Cartier Bresson, Thomas Dahmen, Meinrad Schade, Vanessa Winship, Georg Georgius and Jan Grarup.
8 pm – Opening of Keti Kapanadze’s exhibition “8 Minutes”
10 pm –00 am – Discussion between visitors and curators on the topic: “What is the Contemporary Museum for me?” (Working Language: Georgian)
► Elene Akhvlediani House-Museum
Address: Leo Kiacheli Str. 12, Tbilisi, Georgia
9 pm- 00:00 am– Visiting Museum
9 pm- 11 pm – Chamber Music Concert, Tbilisi Zakaria Paliashvili Central Music School violin ensemble and trio – Music of Classical, Romantic and Modern period

►Sighnaghi Museum

Address: Shota Rustaveli blind-alley 8, Sighnaghi, Kakheti
9 pm-1 am – Visiting Museum
9 pm– Folk ensemble concert
9:15 pm – Trivia quiz
10 pm – Poetry evening

► Svaneti Museum of History and Ethnography


Address: Mestia, A. Ioseliani Str. 7, Mestia, Svaneti
9 pm-1 am – Visiting Museum
9 pm– Exhibition Opening: „MAGNUM PHOTO 70 – Georgian Diary“ (Robert Capa 1947, Thomas Dworzak 2017)
9:30 pm– Documentary film screening
- Folk music

► Ivane Javakhishvili Samtskhe-Javakheti History Museum

Address: P. Kharistchirashvili Str.1, Akhaltsikhe, Rabati Fortress
9 pm-1 am – Visiting Samtskhe-Javakheti History Museum
8 pm – Gathering students of Akhaltsikhe municipality public schools, teachers and invited guests. Students will present:
- Quotes from “Knight in Panther’s Skin”
- Reports about the announcement of First Democratic Republic of Georgia
- Poems
- Songs
9 pm – Exhibition art school pupils

On May 15-30, due to the International Museum Day celebrated on May 18, Georgian National Museum presents the festival dedicated to the 100 years anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Georgia.
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Georgian National Museum will host various local and international exhibitions

Georgian National Museum will host various local and international exhibitions, world masterpieces from Italy, as well as educational programs, book presentations, lectures and more. Check out the festival program and be sure that the series of exciting events are waiting for you:

Festival Program

May 22, 7 pm: Exhibition “Life around You” – National Geographic Georgia, S. Janashia Museum of Georgia Courtyard, Shota Rustaveli Ave. 3

From May 25: Geniuses of the Renaissance – Graphic works from Turin Royal Library - D. Shevardnadze National Gallery, Shota Rustaveli Ave. 11

From May 26: Exhibition “Democratic Republic of Georgia 100” – S. Janashia Museum of Georgia, Shota Rustaveli Ave. 3

May 29, 7:30 pm: “Museum Forum: New Approaches, New Publics” – S. Janashia Museum of Georgia Courtyard, Shota Rustaveli Ave. 3

May 30: Exhibition “Red Terror and Georgian Artists” – S. Janashia Museum of Georgia, Shota Rustaveli Ave. 3
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Every year since 1977 International Museum Day is organized worldwide

Every year since 1977 International Museum Day is organized across the world on May 18. The events aims to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society. From America to Oceania including Africa, Europe and Asia, this international event has confirmed its popularity.
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Unknown Collections of Georgian National Museum - India, China, Japan

In recent years, International Museum Day has been experiencing its highest involution with almost 30,000 museums that organized activities in more than 120 countries, including Georgia.
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Georgian National Museum

Through the museum collections, exhibits, programs and partnerships at International and national levels, GNM serves as essential and trusted source providing opportunities for lifelong learning and global understanding.
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The museum supports the care and management of the nation's collections, both material and living

GNM museums, research centers and libraries inspire people throughout their lifetimes and contribute to the civic life of the Georgian nation. With built infrastructure and wide network, dedicated scientists and knowledgeable staff, it connects people to one another and to the full spectrum of human experience.
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GNM museums, research centers and libraries inspire people throughout their lifetimes

Through the museum collections, exhibits, programs and partnerships at International and national levels, GNM serves as essential and trusted source providing opportunities for lifelong learning and global understanding.
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The Georgian National Museum unifies several leading museums in Georgia

The Georgian National Museum unifies several leading museums in Georgia. It integrates the management of the following museums:

Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi

Samtskhe-Javakheti History Museum, Akhaltsikhe

Open Air Museum of Ethnography, Tbilisi

Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, and its branches

Museum of the Soviet Occupation, Tbilisi

Dmanisi Museum-Reserve of History and Archaeology, Dmanisi

Vani Museum-Reserve of Archaeology, Vani

Museum of History of Tbilisi, Tbilisi

Museum of History and Ethnography of Svaneti, Mestia

Institute of Palaeobiology, Tbilisi

Sighnaghi Museum, Sighnaghi

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