In addition to the Ancient Theater, the Roman Stadium, and the Basilicas, there are many other places in Plovdiv that deserve your attention. The museums in the city are many and no matter what your interests are, there is certainly a place it would be interesting to visit. If you are a fan of Bulgarian life and culture or want to know more about them, you must visit the Ethnographic Museum in Plovdiv. It is the second largest in the country and was established in 1917.
This time the best Plovdiv guide will tell you the history of this iconic museum. It is one of the preferred places in Plovdiv for cultural tourism and, moreover, it often organizes different events and performances of dancing and musical performers. The Ethnographic Museum hosts already traditional festivals, concerts, biennials, reviews, theatrical productions, premieres of books, performances. It also offers additional attractions for tourists as demonstrations of traditional crafts.
The museum is housed in the Kuyumdzhieva House – a cultural monument of national importance. The house is a typical representative of the Plovdiv symmetrical Revival house. The specialists define it as the peak of Baroque architecture in Bulgaria. Its owner is ArgirKuyumdjioglu - wealthy Plovdiv trader. The building has four floors, each with an area of 570 square meters, two large salons, 12 rooms (all with unique wood-carved ceilings) and over 130 windows. The emphasis is placed on the representative reception salon (hayet) on the second floor, which is arched beneath a portico to the yard. Characteristic of it is the oval central part, ending with a highly profiled plank ceiling, raised by a high carved holkel.
The eastern façade of the house has "set foot" on the old fortress wall and is an integral part of the ensemble of HisarKapiya.
At the end of the 19th century, the building was a girls' boarding house, and later a hat factory, a vinegar factory, a flour warehouse. In 1930, it was bought by tobacco merchant Antonio Colaro. In 1938, on the initiative of the mayor BozhidarZdravkov, the Plovdiv Municipality and the Ministry of National Education signed a protocol for the establishment of a Municipal House Museum, whose successor is now the Regional Ethnographic Museum - Plovdiv. Since 1943 the exhibit house has been open for visits.
Ethnographic Museum – Plovdiv is a place where one can see, touch and feel tradition. The rich collection represents the traditional culture of Thrace, the Rhodopes, and the Sredna Gora mountains during the period of National Revival. On a permanent display, the agriculture and stock-breeding are presented as basic means of living of population in the region. Some of the most characteristic crafts from the period of the Revival are shown here: homespun and woolen braiding tailoring, pottery, coppersmith’s and ironsmith’s trade. The goldsmith’s workshop is represented by its entire inventory in the exquisite house. A great deal of adornment and religious items collection is exhibited, too. There is a separate place for national traditional costumes, textiles and carpets, musical instruments and ritual properties as well as the urban way of living, frugally presented in the museum. The interiors of Koprivshtitza room, Rhodope room, and Plovdiv drawing-room add to the information about the life and culture of the population in the region. The exhibition includes Ivan Markvichka's unique canvas "Market in Plovdiv" (1888) - one of the first to reflect the everyday life of the Bulgarian city after the Liberation.
Summer working hours /April-October/: 9:00 – 18:00
Winter working hours /November-March/: 9:00 – 17:00
Day for a free-of-charge visit: First Thursday of each month – for students and retirees