“The Union of Tbilisi Municipal Museums” was founded on July 29, 2016. It unites 9 independent museums in a single institution. Most of the museums have operated for many years and protected Georgian cultural and historical heritage. The Union of Tbilisi Municipal Museums unites memorial houses belonging to significant individuals who took a great part of the creation of Georgian culture. The period spreads from 19th until the 20th century. The only museum under The Union of Tbilisi Municipal Museums without memorial status is Dolls Museum which presents puppets and dolls from different parts of Georgia as the exhibits from different parts of the world. The Mission of Tbilisi Municipal Museums is the new role of the museums in contemporary society, which can be described as a synergy of the traditional museum activity and an educational aspect, which focuses on knowledge sharing to each person. Modern museums must expand their vision and must prioritize the visitors together and collection. Museums must have a clear social function, and thus better, communicate with visitors. The Union of Tbilisi Municipal Museums unites following museums:
The goals of the Union of Tbilisi Municipal Museums are:
Immortalize the names of Ilia Chavchavadze, Zakaria Paliashvili, Nikoloz Baratashvili, Mikheil Javakhishvili, Galaktion Tabidze, Vakhtang Chabukiani and Kote and Soso Tsereteli;
Collect, record, protect, examine scientifically materials about life and work of Ilia Chavchavadze, Zakaria Paliashvili, Nikoloz Baratashvili, Mikheil Javakhishvili, Galaktion Tabidze, Vakhtang Chabukiani and Kote and Soso Tsereteli; ensure their exposure; carry out educational work;
Promote dolls art: in Georgia and abroad collect and protect widespread, highly valued dolls, mechanical toys, folk art samples, new models, and publish the results of the study;
At all structural units of the Union of Museums, registered memorial objects and valuable exhibits will be a base to form the core fund, which is part of the country museum foundation.
Conduct permanent enriching various fund; receive collections and things from state institutions, public organizations, as well as from individuals as a donation or purchase them.
Carry out scientific work on materials housed at the Museums and on this basis prepare to publish scientific articles, reports, catalogues, exhibition guides and brochures;
Arrange permanent expositions and moving exhibitions inside and outside the country; ensure their re-exhibition periodically. In accordance to the goals of the Union of Museums for 2017, the Union will complete institutional forming; design new display concepts and prepare new expositions; work out unified display strategy, prepare information base and scientific ways etc.
Renovated Memorial House of Vakhtang Chabukiani was opened on February 27 2017 which was symbolically dedicated to his 107th birthday.
Rehabilitation of the exhibition space of Vakhtang Chabukiani Museum is the first infrastructural project of the Union of Museums, which envisaged partial rehabilitation of Vakhtang Chabukiani Memorial House-Museum – in particular, rehabilitation-re-exposure of only one exhibition hall.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has included the 200th anniversary of Nikoloz Baratashvili in its list of cultural events of international importance in 2017.
In 2017, the Tbilisi Museums Association held a grand opening ceremony of the Nikoloz Baratashvili Memorial House-Museum on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Nikoloz Baratashvili.
For the first time in the exhibition space, the relevant creative industry of modern museography and 3D animation are used. The aim of the re-exposition project is to introduce and popularize the name and work of Nikoloz Baratashvili to the general publish through various industrial means of culture – animation methods – in accordance with modern museography and to make it attractive to the viewer.
On May 18 2019, as part of the week dedicated to the International Museum Day, the Kote and Soso Tsereteli Memorial House-Museum was opened with a renewed exposition.
The exhibition concept of the museum is an attempt to restore the era of the eighties, to show the contradictory socio-moral picture that preceded the collapse of the Soviet Empire in Georgia.
Galaktion Tabidze Memorial House-Museum of the Tbilisi Museums association was renovated and opened on July 22 2020.
During the rehabilitation-repair works of the Museum-Memorial space, the House-Museum memorial features of the House-Museum as well as the museum needs were fully protected.
The exhibition spaces in the museum are prepared in accordance with modern museography and the installations follow the life of Galaktion Tabidze and the chronological plans of the biography.