Puppet Museum, Tbilisi
Address: 13, Ioane Shavteli Str., Tbilisi
Phone: (+995 32) 298-65-90
Working hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11:00 a.m. till 06:00 p.m.
Closed: on Monday
The Puppet museum in Tbilisi was founded in 1937 by famous children’s author Tinatin Tumanishvili. In the end of the XXth century the museum was robbed and had not been working for almost sixteen years, but was reopened for public in 2008. It is a popular Tbilisi sightseeing place since then for everyone who adores puppetry. The museum collection consists of more than 3000 pieces made in 19th-20th centuries by artists from India, China, Japan and European countries. The significant part of the collection comprised by single-copy puppets exclusively made for this museum by local masters.
The collection is presented in groups of ethnographic puppets, marionettes, mechanical music puppets, made of porcelain, wood, ivory and even pumpkin. It is worth mentioning that some parts of the puppets can be swapped headdresses, shoes, musical instruments and etc.
‘Bedouin’, ‘The plane in love’, ‘Girl with a pearl earring’, and many more are the most popular puppets there. Dynamic and mechanical deserve your special attention. Some of them even have personal names like ‘Eliso the pianist’ or ‘Marine’, the puppet that blows soap bubbles. Unique samples from more forty countries of the world are proud of the museum, among which musical instrumental ensemble, flamenco dancers, oriental dancer, Indian tribe leader will make you stop and amaze.