Ethnographic Museum, Plovdiv

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Discover the traditional culture of Plovdiv and the surrounding region at Ethnographic Museum. The colorful exterior is a typical example of Baroque architecture in Bulgaria. The museum houses more than 40,000 artifacts, including copper utensils, pottery, ancient weapons, shepherds' wood carvings, ritual objects, musical instruments, woolen embroidery, and traditional folk costumes. The museum houses a scholarly archive, library, and photo archive. Learn what life in Plovdiv looked like at the beginning of the 20th century from old black-and-white photographs. The fine-art collection features more than 100 valuable paintings, icons, statuettes, wood carvings, and metal figures. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Ethnographic Museum and many more Plovdiv attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Plovdiv trip itinerary planner.
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  • It is a beautiful building with a very interesting plan of space inside, building itself is a piece of the museum and the museum has a nice presentation of historic Bulgarian clothing, home items...  more »
  • Ethnographic Museum in ancient Plovdiv is the best museum in the city, I think. I was there on the 2nd of August 2009 and the pics are from then. The atmosphere was perfect and the staff was so kind.....  more »
  • I’m usually not a fan of these types of museums but this one was very good. It was also a much better value than a lot of other sights in Plovdiv. Recommended.  more »
  • A great place to learn more about life in the olden days in Bulgaria in general and in Plovdiv specifically. It's really worth to take a local guide in the museum to make the most of the visit, and it costs a mere 10 BGN (5 €). If you want to take photographs or film inside, you have to pay. The outside of the beautiful building and the garden with a very impressive tree are free to visit and to take pictures.
  • Large nobleman house, very elegant and with a splendid garden. Inside each room there is an exhibition showing info and objects relevant for Bulgarian traditional lifestyle. We paid 10 leva as a family ticket for 3. Views are nice and we enjoyed the garden.
  • Interesting place to be seen. Tons of information for the city and region. Beautiful building and garden, nice staff
  • The building is beautiful, inside and outside so it is worth a visit in itself. The items in display are beautiful and the explanations in English are short but exhaustive.
  • The house itself is worth seeing and the courtyard is beautiful. It's definitely more photogenic from the outside than from the inside and the museum itself hardly deserves the 6 leva entrance fee. The whole thing was curated during the communist times and it shows, there are some mundane explanations in English, apparently contributed by National Geographic, but the museum is poor in both exhibits and explanation. There ia an extra fee if another 6 leva for pictures, trust me there is nothing worth taking a pic in this place

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