State Museum of National Instruments
The museum of national instruments is located in the old district of Tbilisi, right below the Narikala Fortress. The Museum houses collections of South Caucasian authentic musical instruments, along with European mechanical and classical musical instruments. Visitors of the museum can observe Georgian traditional musical instruments from various regions of Georgia: the oldest exhibits of triple barrels from Mtskheta (old capital), salamuri or the larch from Samegrelo region, sanori from Guria region, Svanetian harmonies with a very narrow sound range, gudastviri (Caucasian instrument similar to bagpipe) from Racha, and chiboni from Adjara. It is also interesting to pay attention to the cases of these instruments, decorated with gold, colored glass and chains. A separate exposition is devoted to the history of sound recording and sound reproducing equipment: phonographs and gramophones of 20th century. Traditional Georgian polyphonic singing is also represented by a collection of audio recordings, the first of which were made as far back as in 1901.
City area/address: Old City, 6 Samghebro St, T'bilisi, Georgia
Working hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 17.30 p.m.
Ticket price: Adult - 3 Gels, Guided Tour Fee 5 GEL