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The Bulgarian Revival period is on display at Nessebar's Ethnographic Museum.
© Nessebar Municipality

Ethnographic Museum

The Ethnographic Museum presents everyday life during the Bulgarian Revival period at the turn of the 19th century, showing the customs and traditions of the local population of the time.

The collection includes traditional crafts and items from local industries like fishing and viticulture. There are also domestic items like a sewing machine and rugs, and some interesting cultural icons like a wedding dress and old magazines.

The house that hosts the museum was built in 1840 and is an interesting sight in itself. It belonged to a wealthy merchant and is spread over two storeys. The top floor was the main residential area with five rooms and a spacious central salon with a carved wooden ceiling. The two bedrooms facing south have no fireplaces and so they would only have been used in summer.

Not only does the exhibition offer an insight into this period of history, but the house gives you a sense of what it would’ve been like to have lived during this era.

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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Ethnographic Museum

Hours

In 2018, the opening hours are as follows:
From 1 June to 8 July, it is open from 10:30 – 14:00 and 14:30 – 18:00.
From 9 July to 24 September, it is open from 10:30 – 14:00 and 14:30 – 19:00.
From 25 September to 31 May, it is only open by request.

Pricing

Adults: 3 lv
Children: 2 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)