Varna Ethnographic Museum

Varna’s Ethnographic Museum is one of the biggest and best in all of Bulgaria. It’s well worth a visit. The museum is located in a beautiful Bulgarian National Revival house built around 1860.

Ethnographic Museum in Varna, Bulgaria

Ethnographic Museum

Ethnographic Museum in Varna, Bulgaria

Ethnographic Museum

The museum focuses on the ethnography of Varna in the late 19th and early 20th century. The first couple floors are dedicated to farming and the tools used by farmers of the period. Holidays and customs are also covered, with many decorative breads and crafts on display. Traditional costumes of migrants from Thrace, Asia Minor, and Macedonia are also on display.

Traditional costumes from Asia Minor at the Ethnographic Museum in Varna, Bulgaria

Traditional costumes from Asia Minor

A recreation of a luxurious urban home makes up the top floor, including a bedroom, kitchen, living room, and reception hall. Wedding dresses, fashion accessories, and upper class urban clothing are also shown.

Replica of an upper-class home at the Ethnographic Museum in Varna, Bulgaria

Replica of an upper-class home

Replica of an upper-class home at the Ethnographic Museum in Varna, Bulgaria

Replica of an upper-class home

Replica of an upper-class home at the Ethnographic Museum in Varna, Bulgaria

Replica of an upper-class home

Replica of an upper-class home at the Ethnographic Museum in Varna, Bulgaria

Replica of an upper-class home

The Ethnographic Museum doesn’t take very long to go through and only costs 4 leva per adult. It lacks a lot of explanation but makes up for it with the quality of the displays. Anyway, even if an item isn’t properly labeled, it’s not hard to tell what it is. Immediately outside of the museum are more Bulgarian National Revival homes to admire.

Bulgarian National Revival homes outside the Ethnographic Museum in Varna, Bulgaria

Bulgarian National Revival homes

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