While the National Youth Palace has belonged to the youth of Tbilisi for almost a century now, it began with a much more political purpose.
Starting in 1917, it was the location of the Transcaucasian Seim, where Georgia’s independence was declared on May 26th, 1918, followed two days later by the declarations of independence by Azerbaijan and Armenia.
It became the home of the Soviet Georgian government when Georgia was brought into the Soviet Union in 1921, before finally being given over to the children of Tbilisi to serve as a place of learning in 1941.
These days, the National Youth Palace also has a museum devoted to its illustrious history. Comprising ten distinct areas, you’ll find exhibits of paintings and sculptures from modern artists, antiques, architectural blueprints, sketches of the palace, dishware, jewelry, drawings by students of the Youth Palace, medals, and more.