Regional Ethnographic Museum

The Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic Museum, located in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, is a cultural oasis preserving the rich heritage and traditions of the region. Housed in the beautiful historic residence of Argir Hristov Kuyumdzhioglu, a notable merchant from Plovdiv, the museum offers visitors a unique glimpse into the history and daily life of the people of Plovdiv through its extensive collection of ethnographic artifacts. The house was constructed in 1847 and is renowned for epitomizing the mid-19th century Baroque architectural style in Plovdiv.

Founded in 1917, the museum has been dedicated to showcasing the cultural diversity of Bulgaria through its exhibits. From traditional costumes and textiles to intricate folk art and crafts, each display tells a story of the customs and rituals that have shaped the identity of this vibrant region. The museum treasures over 40 000 movable monuments of culture.

One of the highlights of the museum is its collection of traditional Bulgarian costumes, with each garment reflecting not just regional variations but also social status and age group. Visitors can admire beautifully embroidered dresses, exquisite jewelry pieces, and detailed accessories that speak volumes about Bulgarian craftsmanship and aesthetic sensibilities.

Apart from textiles, the museum also houses collections of household items, musical instruments, religious artifacts, and agricultural tools used by Bulgarians over the centuries. These exhibits provide valuable insights into the everyday lives of Bulgarians from different historical periods.

A visit to the Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic Museum is not just a journey through time; it’s an immersive experience that allows visitors to connect with Bulgaria’s past and gain a deeper understanding of its present cultural landscape.

Read what others share about their experience

  • Travelling Doc
    a month ago
    Beautiful exterior of the building, which was once the part of the Kurshum inn. There are different...
  • susan chow
    a month ago
    We learned from our Lady Tour Guide that this Museum’s home was built for a Plovdiv Merchant,...
  • The biggest Etno museum in Bulgaria 🇧🇬. Located in the old town of Plovdiv. Beautiful building...
  • Derek Williams
    11 months ago
    A wonderful museum full of the history of regional life and the crafts and historical skills of the...
  • Lucy NNN
    10 months ago
    Great place to visit if you want to learn about history about Plovdiv and Bulgaria overall kids...

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