3 interesting museums in Plovdiv you should not miss

Best museums in Plovdiv

Visiting a museum or an art gallery in Plovdiv is a unique experience. Most of the museums in Plovdiv are located in beautiful old houses from 19th century. This gives you the opportunity not only to enjoy the exhibitions, but also to take a glimpse of everyday life two centuries ago. This post will show you some of the best museums in Plovdiv.

The best museums in Plovdiv

Art Gallery – Museum Philippopolis (Арт Галерия – Музей Филипополис)

Art Gallery - Museum Philippopolis from outside
Art Gallery – Museum Philippopolis from outside

The elegant white building of the Art Gallery – Museum Philippopolis will catch your eye instantly. Located in the Old Town of Plovdiv, there is no chance to miss it on your way to the Roman theatre (Античен театър). In fact it is my favourite museum in Plovdiv.

Inside the Art Gallery - Museum Philippopolis
Inside the Art Gallery – Museum Philippopolis

The house is built in 1865 and it is one of the first houses in Plovdiv with solid walls. The first owner of the house was Hadzhi Aleko. In 1983 it was turned into a library. In 2003 the present owners, Maletsovi family, opened the first private gallery in Plovdiv here.

The big hall on the second floor

Beautiful wooden elements decorate each room of this remarkable house. The polished wooden floor shines like a mirror on the sunlight. Art Gallery – Museum Philippopolis has two floors.

Art Gallery - Museum Philippopolis

Contemporary exhibitions take place on the first floor. On the second floor you can see the Maletsovi ‘s private collection. It consists of famous Bulgarian artists from 19th century to nowadays.

Chandelier

Useful information
Address: 29 Saborna Str., 4000 Plovdiv
Opening hours: Every day: 10:00 AM – 07:00 PM
Admission: 3 BGN (~1,50 EUR, ~1,80 USD)
Web site: http://www.philippopolis.com/en/
Tip: There is a restaurant located on the ground floor of the museum with a beautiful garden.

Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic Museum (Регионален етнографски музей — Пловдив)

Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic Museum from outside
Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic Museum from outside

Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic Museum is in the Old Town of the city. It is established in 1917 by Stoyu Shishkov, a local teacher and journalist. Since 1938 the museum has occupied the house of Argir Kuyumdzhioglu, a rich merchant from Plovdiv.

Everyday room
Everyday room

The building contributes to the unique atmosphere of the museum. The house is built in 1847 by the master Hadji Georgi.

Inside the Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic Museum
Inside the Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic Museum

The museum occupies 2 floors and has over 130 windows. The 12 rooms of the building are decorated with flower motives and wood-carved ceilings.

Bedroom
Bedroom

The house overlooks an inner yard with a garden. After the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule in 1878, Argir Kuyumdzhioglu left Plovdiv and settled in Istanbul. The house became girls’ boarding school. Later it was used as a millinery factory, a flour warehouse and a vinegar factory.

Dining room
Dining room

Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic museum represents over 40 000 artifacts divided in six categories:

  • Agriculture: the collection contains objects and tools used in economic activities like wine production, tobacco-growing and manufacture of rose oil.
  • Crafts: the category includes copper utensil, porcelain, ceramics, blacksmith’s and goldsmith’s works of art.
    Textiles and Clothing: this is the largest exhibition in the museums. It displays unique carpets from 19th century, traditional Bulgarian costumes, towels and tablecloths.
  • Furniture and Interior: here you can see China plates, painted chests and furniture. They date back to the beginning of 19th century until the middle of the 20th century.
  • Musical Instruments and Ritual Paraphernalia: the collection consists of gramophones, gramophone records and folk musical instruments from the region. You can see shepherd’s pipes, rebecs, ocarinas, drums.
  • Works of Fine Art: this section contains paintings, woodcarvings, icons. Among them is the famous painting by Ivan Murkvichka “Market in Plovdiv” (1888). The painting depicts the everyday life in Plovdiv after the Liberation from Ottoman rule.

Plate

Decorated plates

Useful information
Address: 2 Dr. Chomakov Str.,  4000 Plovdiv
Opening hours:
Monday: closed
Winter: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Summer: 09:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Admission: 5 BGN (~2,60 EUR, ~2,90 USD)
Web site: http://ethnograph.info/front/index.php?lng=en
Tips: There are regular events organized in the museum. Photography is not allowed. You can see the floor plans of the museum here.

Plovdiv Regional Historical Museum (Регионален исторически музей Пловдив)

The Plovdiv Regional Historical Museum is founded in 1951. The museum consists of four separate buildings:

  • The Unification of Bulgaria of 1885;
  • The Bulgarian National Revival;
  • Book publishing in Bulgaria in the second half of the 19th and early 20th century;
  • Museum Centre of Modern History;

The museum represents over 60 000 exhibits from the Plovdiv region, dated from 15th to 20th century.  If you are interested in older centuries you have to visit Regional Archaeological Museum.

The Bulgarian National Revival

Museum The Bulgarian National Revival from outside
Museum The Bulgarian National Revival from outside

The museum is located in a beautiful house in the Old Town of Plovdiv.

Original café room
Original café room
Greek liturgical book and documents
Greek liturgical book and documents

The house is built in 1848 on a commission of a wealthy craftsman, Georgi Kendindenoglu. Despite this fact the house bears the name of his son in law, Dimitar Georgiadi. He was a rich Greek merchant from Plovdiv whose successors occupied the building till the middle of 20th century.

A revolver, a dagger and a gospel in front of which the revolutionaries had an oath
A revolver, a dagger and a gospel in front of which the revolutionaries had an oath
School supplies for writing
School supplies for writing

The house has three floors, in which you will see the history of the town from the 15th to 19th century.

Railway station clock
Railway station clock
The cherry-tree cannon and the bell, which announced the April uprising
The cherry-tree cannon and the bell, which announced the April uprising
Daggers
Daggers

Useful information
Address:  1 Tsanko Lavrenov Str., 4000 Plovdiv
Opening hours:
From April to October
Tuesday: 12:30 PM – 06:00 PM
From Wednesday to Monday: 09:30 AM – 06:00 PM
From November to March
Sunday: Closed
Tuesday: 12:30 PM – 05:00 PM
Monday and from Wednesday to Saturday: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Admission: 3 BGN (~1,50 EUR, ~1,80 USD)
The entrance is free every first Thursday of the month.
Photo ticket: 1 BGN (~0,50 EUR, ~0,60 USD)
Web site: info 

The Unification of Bulgaria of 1885

The exhibition is opened on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Unification of Bulgaria. The unification of the Principality of Bulgaria and the then-Ottoman province of Eastern Rumelia is a significant event in the Bulgarian history.

The museum is housed in the former building of the Parliament of Eastern Rumelia. The exhibition covers the period from the signing of the Treaty of Berlin (which separated the Bulgarian lands into five parts) in 1878 till the Serbo-Bulgarian War in 1885.

Useful information
Address: 1 Saedinenie Sq., 4000 Plovdiv
Opening hours:
Weekends: according to the event schedule
From April to October
Workdays: 09:30 AM – 06:00 PM
From November to March
Workdays: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Admission: 3 BGN (~1,50 EUR, ~1,80 USD)
The entrance is free every first Thursday of the month.
Web site: info

Book publishing in Bulgaria in the second half of the 19th and early 20th century

The exhibition takes place in the house of Hristo Gruev Danov, the founder of the modern Bulgarian book publishing. The house is constructed in the middle of 19th century by stone and wood.

The exhibition includes unique samples of printed books, geographic maps, exact setting of the study of Hristo Danov, replica of a Bulgarian classroom and many more.

Useful information
Address: 2 Mitropolit Paisiy Str., 4000 Plovdiv
Opening hours:
From April to October
Weekdays: 09:30 AM – 06:00 PM
Weekend: Closed
From November to March
Weekdays: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Weekend: Closed
Admission: 3 BGN (~1,50 EUR, ~1,80 USD)
The entrance is free every first Thursday of the month.
Web site: info 

Museum Centre of Modern History

The museum occupies a building from 1895, which intended to be a military club in the beginning.

The permanent exposition “The Soul of the Japanese Doll” traces the history of the Japanese traditional dolls. The dolls have an important role in the life and the home of Japanese people.

Useful information
Address: 14 Angel Bukoreshtliev Str., 4000 Plovdiv
Opening hours:
From April to October
Weekdays: 09:30 AM – 06:00 PM
Weekend: Closed
From November to March
Weekdays: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Weekend: Closed
Admission: 2 BGN (~1 EUR, ~1,20 USD)
The entrance is free every first Thursday of the month.
Web site: info 

Have you visited any of the best museums in Plovdiv? Which one did you like the most?

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