Varna Archaeological Museum, Varna

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Varna Archaeological Museum houses the oldest gold treasure in the world, dating back to 4600 to 4200 BCE. You can view more than 2,000 golden objects, including a golden scepter, the symbol of a monarch's power. Among the museum's collection of more than 100,000 artifacts, you can examine ceramics, coins, cult items, a golden necropolis, icons, jewelry, and weapons. Exhibits are categorized by historical periods: prehistoric, Thracian, ancient, medieval, Ottoman, and Bulgarian National Revival. On your way to the exhibition halls, note the decorated walls of the corridor that surrounds the building. The museum also houses a library, children's education museum, gift shop, and cafeteria. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Varna Archaeological Museum by using our Varna driving holiday planner .
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  • Rich in history and objects from various periods, most were found on site. Affordable price, visit worth it.
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  • Each piece helps one to imagine life six thousand years ago and to appreciate the skill of the artisans in antiquity. The wall maps are good reminders of the migrations of people and of the importance...  more »
  • The museum is not big, but its collections are priceless. Here is exhibited the oldest gold treasure in the world, about 6000 years old. It was found in the Varna Necropolis. There are many older arti...  more »
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  • One of the oldest gold treasures - 5000 years BC (6kilos) and many other very interesting things of this region
  • Very informative and interesting collection. There is no other way having in mind the richness of the area. It is however unfortunate how uninterested to promote the history and the museum are the people working there.
  • Great exhibits and great building. However it lacks a more modern museological approach. A modern guidebook in English would help.
  • A very nice museum. It's housed in a large building and the exhibit encompasses the entire building. Leave at least 90 minutes to see the entire thing. There are a number of interesting artifacts including the most famous: the earliest example of gold objects made by man. The exhibits start in the stone age and span the middle ages. The top floor is mostly 18th and 19th century icons. The cost is 10 leva per person, which is rather high by Bulgarian standards and, if you wish to take photos, there is an extra charge of 20 leva (that is outrageous considering all other museums let you take photos for free). The best archaeological museum in Bulgaria is in Sofia. The ones in Plovdiv and Burgas are all very good and all are probably better than this one but this still worth a visit.
  • Varna (old name Odesos) is a city with rich history, you can see incredible exhibits
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