State Museum of Georgian Folk Songs and Musical Instruments

Georgian folk song originates from the 8th century B.C., while the oldest known Georgian musical instrument is 3500 years old - a flute discovered in Mtskheta in 1930, and now stored at Simon Janashia National Museum. In addition, replicas of this flute along with other ancient traditional instruments can be admired at the National Museum of Folk Songs and Instruments.

What is There to See at the National Folk Songs and Instruments Museum? 

This museum is located in Old Tbilisi, close to Narikala Fortress, on Samghebro Street, with three exhibition spaces. In one of them you will see Georgian folk instruments such as the flute, a version of bagpipes, soinari, panduri, chonguri, changi, chuniri, and chianuri. 

In the second exhibition space, you will see eastern musical instruments, which were widespread across multicultural Tbilisi in the 17th-18th centuries. 

In the third exhibition space, you can see a collection of European musical instruments including an 18th-century English piano, a pump organ, a 200-year-old grand piano, a calliope, and a 17th-century French music box. 

Using an old gramophone, you can listen to “Tsintskaro,” a unique Georgian folk song which should be familiar to anyone who has seen famous director Werner Herzog’s movie “Nosferatu the Vampyre” while it also features in the 1985 Kate Bush song “Hello Earth.” 

What you will see and hear here will exceed your expectations and become an unforgettable memory. 


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