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The Archaeological Museum will surprise you with its abundance of artefacts from several different cultures.
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Archaeological Museum of Nessebar

The Archaeological Museum of Nessebar is an excellent place to get a grasp on history. With a solid collection of artefacts from the 3,000 years of the town’s existence, it covers six distinct cultures: Eneolithic, Thracian, Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Bulgarian.

Although the Archaeological Museum is not large, the quality of the collection offers an insightful look at the various stages of Nessebar’s development. The permanent exhibition "Nessebar Down the Centuries" takes you step by step through the tale of the town’s place at the crossroads of civilisations. While it displays exquisite golden jewelry, imposing marble reliefs, refined pottery, and splendid pieces of art, there’s much more to discover as you look deeper.

Stone anchors from the 12th century BC show the busy maritime industry of the time, while silver coins show the role played by the local Thracian population in political and economic life. Marble art and bronze vessels show the importance of the Ancient Greek influence on Nessebar from the 6th to the 2nd centuries BC and demonstrate the importance of trade. During the Bulgarian era, arts and crafts flourished in Nessebar and the collection of paintings and pottery in the museum is a testament to that.

Many World Heritage sites are temporarily closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please check official websites for more information.

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Archaeological Museum of Nessebar

Hours

In 2018, the opening hours are as follows:
The museum is open every day from 9:00.
From 1 November to 27 April, it closes at 17:00.
From 28 April to 31 May, it closes at 18:00.
From 1 June to 8 July, it closes at 19:00.
From 9 July to 26 August, it closes at 20:00.
From 27 August to 24 September, it closes at 19:00.
From 25 September to 31 October, it closes at 18:00.

Pricing

Adults: 6 lv
Children: 3 lv

There are also the following combination tickets available.

  • The Archaeological Museum and the Ethnographic Museum: 8 lv (4 lv for children)
  • The Church of St Stephen and the Church of St Spas: 8 lv (4 lv for children)
  • The Archaeological Museum and the Church of St Stephen: 10 lv (5 lv for children)
  • The Archaeological Museum, the Church of St Stephen and one of the following – the Church of St Spas, the Church of Christ Pantokrator, the Church of St. Paraskeva, the Church of St John the Baptist, or the Ethnographic Museum: 12 lv (6 lv for children)
  • The Archaeological Museum, the Church of St Stephen, the Church of St Spas, the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of Christ Pantokrator: 15 lv (8 lv for children)
  • The Church of St Stephen, the Church of St Spas, the Church of Christ Pantokrator, the Church of St Paraskeva and the Church of St John the Baptist: 15 lv (8 lv for children)
  • The Archaeological Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, the Church of St Stephen, the Church of St Spas, the Church of Christ Pantokrator, the Church of St Paraskeva and the Church of St John the Baptist: 20 lv (10 lv for children)