The Tbilisi AutoMuseum is tucked away in a corner of the city that is often left unexplored by visitors. Though it may be a bit hard to find, it is absolutely worth a visit. This unique museum is one of the largest and most extensive collections of Soviet cars in the world, and the only auto museum in the South Caucasus.
The auto museum is actually a private collection of cars and some motorcycles owned by a Georgian businessman named Giorgi Mamulashvili, who has been collecting cars for nearly two decades and has over 25 vintage vehicles in his current warehouse.
Touring the collection, you will see the first Soviet pickup truck, many Zaporozhets, and a few Moskivitch models. Some are luxury vehicles used by important Soviet leaders, while others were simply found abandoned in the villages. Every single car is in pristine condition having been lovingly restored and maintained.
The museum guides are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and will walk you through every car on display. That may sound tedious, but hearing the stories behind each of these cars makes for a fascinating experience.
Know Before You Go
It shouldn’t take more than 45 minutes to an hour to take a tour of the museum. There is a free, paved parking lot out front, and guides that speak English fairly well. The museum is open every day except Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and there is a small fee for visiting. The guide will also expect a small tip at the end of your tour.