Regional Museum of History and Ethnography

Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

The Museum of History and Ethnography in the town of Gotse Delchev is housed in an old building (dating back to 1877), designed in an unique for the region Baroque style. The construction has typical wood-carved ceilings and doors made by local master carvers from the Debar carving school. The museum was inaugurated in 1979 and since then it studies, preserves and popularizes the unique historical and architectural heritage of the region. The Historical museum has 12 exhibition halls, lapidarium and yard. The archaeological exposition presents Thracian chariot, Thracian ceramics, numismatic collection, marble statues and fragments of Roman town Nicopolis ad Nestum (II century). Each year the museum arranges exhibitions of archaeological finds related to the Thracian, Slavonic and Old Bulgarian culture, found in the valley of Nestos (Mesta). Ethnographic exhibition contains nearly 1500 that represent the development of local crafts, known for their large production volume at the end of XVII and the beginning of XIX centuries. There are displayed tools and objects related with popular in the region for this period crafts as pottery, coppersmith, bells manufacturing and others.