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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  • Ancient history, artefacts, funerals, alien figurines ... tons of curious exhibits. If you love this kind of museum, spare at least two days for this one. I live in Varna and I'm proud of it.  more »
  • My husband and I spent just over an hour at this museum which had many interesting artefacts mainly from excavations from around the Varna area, including the oldest gold to be found. The exhibits wer...  more »
  • Lots and lots of stuff in cabinets. Which is my sort of thing, so that's fine, but children would get extremely bored and very quickly. To begin with the arrows clearly direct you to each 'room of cab...  more »
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  • Quite small for the reputation Bulgarians claim. Second floor is dedicated to religious iconography. 😣 A few items scattered throughout worth seeing but nothing worth standing in line for. It would be better if they closed a few smaller museums in the region and consolidated items. Prices are minimal. You might spend 1-2 hours there. Keep your eye out for a schedule of summer jazz concerts in the courtyard.
  • Wow.A nice place ..preserved history, ancient spirit feeling around. See the oldest jewelry on earth ...just leap back in time. !
  • Beautiful and extremely rich collections. The cases and auxiliary materials are new and well made, the staff helpful although a bit cold (at the end of the workday, that is excusable). The "Dordrecht" exhibition was a very pleasant surprise. The building, though, is old and badly in need of repairs and upgrade.
  • Really great museum. I really liked the 6th / 5th millenium BC stuff - much more intricate than expected! Not much on upstairs, however. Worth the 10 lev.
  • Huge number of exhibits covering thousands of years with interesting, well translated paragraphs of informative text. Worth a visit if you want to know about the history of the area

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As Bulgaria's largest coastal town and the nexus of its burgeoning seaside vacation industry, Varna boasts a wide array of hotels and accommodations. The city center north of the train station features large, upscale hotels ranging from Communist-era concrete block-style buildings to more fanciful boutiques. Many offer swimming pools and plenty of amenities. To cut down on costs, consider staying in a guesthouse or bed and breakfast. Beachgoers will want to check out the range of hotels strung out north of the city, which extend a significant distance up the coast. However, keep in mind that staying right on the water will come with a heightened price tag.
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