Varna History Museum
Georgi Yordanov

Varna History Museum


The history of Varna lives in a three-story building not far from the sea coast in a region rich in sights. The old temple of St. Paraskeva is right on the opposite side while the Roman Thermae are just two streets away. The permanent exhibitions follow the development of the sea capital, showing its importance as a port, trading, industrial, cultural, enlightenment and tourist centre over the past two centuries. A number of temporary exhibitions further enrich the precious heritage which reaches us through the centuries.


The Varna History Museum recreates the city’s atmosphere in the period of 1878 – 1939. Some of the exhibitions present the region-specific crafts, the development of ship transport and ship building and the construction of the new port. Other collections reveal the typical spirit of Varna, the popular spots for entertainment and recreation, the new life after the Liberation. Many photographs of old building, layouts and maps, advertisements, musical instruments and others reveal the cultural and educational life in the city.


Authentic objects have been used for the reconstruction of craft ateliers, a hotel room, a sweet shop, a photographic atelier, a lawyer’s office, a hat shop and others. The visitor is curious to see the reconstructed beach setting with a changing booth made of reed as well as the dining room and the courtyard of a Varna house.


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