The Ethnographical Museum


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N 42°39.50006', E 27°44.17353'

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The Ethnographical Museum represents the life and living of the locals during the last two centuries, specifically in the period of the National Revival of the country in the late 18th century until beginning of the 20th century. The museum is exhibited in a typical Renaissance two-store house, built by a wealthy local merchant in 1840. Photos and plans inside the salon reveal the town’s splendid architecture, presenting some of the emblematic Nessebar houses, as well as the famous windmills. Records and drawings left by travellers and painters, who visited Nessebar in the 17th – 19th centuries are also exhibited in the museum. An original icon from 1669 can be seen here that used to adore a home icon-stand. A sewing machine, a wedding dress, a wedding album and some old magazines are also displayed in this room. Traditional folk customs of the settlers are also exhibited, including a collection of forged belt buckles.