National Youth Palace of Georgia
Discover the National Youth Palace of Georgia, a cultural and educational hub located on the bustling Rustaveli Avenue in the heart of Tbilisi. Today, this dynamic palace serves as a center for youth activities and classes, engaging over 4000 pupils and students.
With a rich two-century history, the palace's origins trace back to the early 19th century when it was the residence of Pavel Tsitsianov, a renowned General in the Russian Imperial Army. Over the years, the building underwent several transformations until it was reconstructed and expanded by the German architect Otto Simonsson in 1865-1869. Simonnson's modifications included removing pillars and sculptures, enlarging the palace, and altering both its interior and façade.
The palace played a significant role in Georgia's political history, serving as the venue for the Constituent Assembly and the government of the Democratic Republic of Georgia from 1917-1937. In subsequent years, it became the House of the Pioneers and Children until officially designated as the National Youth Palace in 2012.
Today, the palace stands as a monument of cultural heritage in Tbilisi, with a museum established in 2017 in collaboration with the National Museum of Georgia. Explore the museum's 10 exhibition spaces, showcasing artifacts such as belongings of the Viceroy of the Russian Empire to Georgia, awards and gifts received by the palace, paintings, sketches, sculptures by graduates, and a fascinating mineral collection. Experience the diverse history and cultural significance embedded in the National Youth Palace of Georgia.
Working hours of the museum: 11:00-17:00 (every day except Mondays)
Address: #6 Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi
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