Apart from the major touristic places, Tbilisi hides some of the interesting places to enjoy a day out in town. If you are looking for a fun way to enjoy a day here, I present several museums in Tbilisi perfect for friends or families.
Museum of Illusions
Only opened around a year ago, this museum is an ideal place for those who would love to explore the world of illusions. Spread on two floors of the venue, the museum is on Betlemi street in the old town. It’s easy to find while walking in the neighborhood as there are plenty of signs to guide you.
Each exhibit here has a description in Georgian, Russian, and English languages to help you understand what they do or what you should do in order for it to work. It’s a great place to explore with kids, loved ones, or friends.
Sit at the clone table and do crazy things, pretend you are attacked by a giant person in Ames Room, play in anti-gravity room, or experience a true hypnotic illusion by turntables to name just a few. Moreover, there are puzzles and games to solve. Therefore, the Museum of Illusions has plenty of installations, so make sure to spare at least an hour here.
One of the most impressive, yet mad installation is the Vortex Tunnel. You stand into a rotating cylinder and can’t take a step forward without stumbling. I felt quite dizzy inside afterward.
Opening hours: Tue-Fri: 4 pm – 10 pm; Sat-Sun: 1 pm – 10 pm; Monday – Closed
Tbilisi Digital Space
The first digital art museum of its kind, Tbilisi Digital Space is on the 3rd floor of Tbilisi Mall shopping center covering 500 sq. meters. If you are into art, visual effects, and surrealistic space, then make sure you add this on your list of the museums in Tbilisi you plan to visit!
The creators worked hard to construct ultramodern and whimsical place via several digital and virtual installations. It surely creates an instantaneous and contradictory world.
Currently, the Tbilisi Digital Museum hosts two shows: works of world-famous Gustav Klimt brought to life by visual and sound effects, and Galaxy taking visitors to a gorgeous and massive “unknown” world beyond our globe.
Gustav Klimt’s show marks the 102nd anniversary of his death and presents an impressive exhibition of his works on all the surfaces of the venue. Colors and visual effects accompanied with orchestra music is absolutely soothing and captivating.
After the Klimt’s show, you are directed to a small room to watch a short documentary about how he worked and what influenced him.
The Galaxy show aims to eliminate the boundary between nature and man by taking the visitor to the visual world of nature with flowers, jellyfish, butterflies, and flowers displayed on every wall of the space. Afterward, the show continues taking you into a fantasy environment and mesmerizes you with planets, stars, and the “life” beyond the planet Earth.
Similar to the Klimt’s show, after the Galaxy, you’ll be able to watch the animated story of Withered Breech by Vazha Pshavela created specifically for this show.
Opening hours: Everyday 11 am – 9 pm
Note: they often run promo sales on their social media accounts, so watch out for them!
Museum of Selfies
If you are looking for exciting, enjoyable, and amazing museums in Tbilisi, look no further – Museum of Selfies is exactly this! It’s a perfect place to enjoy a fun day with friends and family.
Opened only a month ago, the Museum of Selfies spans on 600 sq. meters and features around 30 spots of different themes to take beautiful, unique, and fun selfies at. It doesn’t seem big in the pictures, but trust my word!
The museum has a separate room with lockers to put your belongings inside and not drag them around. I found this extremely useful!
Once you enter the space, your head will spin as you’ll feel anxious about where to start. Take a deep breath, walk around, and choose which ones you like the best. I bet, it will be hard, as you’ll want a picture in EVERY spot possible. That’s at least how my friend, Mariam and I felt like.
Each installation is well thought of and is fun to pose at. We especially liked +18 room, it’s an absolutely fantastic and well-designed room.
I highly recommend this place to visit! I am sure, you won’t be disappointed, pictures are worth 1000 words, right?
Additionally, if you’d like to take selfies with a selfie stick and don’t have one, there are a couple you can borrow.
Opening hours: Tue-Sun: 11 am – 9 pm; Mondays – Closed.