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Ethnographic Institute with Museum

pl.Knyaz Aleksandar I Batenberg 1, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
+359 2 805 2621
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good15%
  • Average23%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible7%
9 Mar 2017
“worth seeing”
2 Nov 2016
“tired museum in need of freshing up.”
pl.Knyaz Aleksandar I Batenberg 1, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

located in the same building as the temporary exhibition area of the national fine art gallery, the former Kings palace, you could be introduced to the true ethnohabbits of the Bulgarians for some 2-3 euro ticket

Thank angel922
Reviewed 2 November 2016

In a great location but really a very so-so collection. Equivalent in Plovdiv much better. Could almost see as much in an average "folk" restaurant. Only if you've got time on your hands

Thank Andrew L
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Although the few artifacts were interesting this is clearly a poorly funded museum. There is tremendous potential but the exhibit is very small and hasn't really been invested in.

Thank MGG47
Reviewed 23 June 2016

Very definitely worth a trip. A fascinating collection of items that takes you through the history of Bulgaria.

1  Thank IOAbroad
Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

The exhibition is about the story of a local lady that did research on Bulgarian traditions, especially clothing. The information is basically in Bulgarian and unless you speak the language, you do not really understand. It took me less than 20 minutes to finish the...More

1  Thank Carles_MAA
Reviewed 8 June 2016 via mobile

Seriously the worse museum I've ever visited. Not even worth a minute of your time. Well, just one minute with the cute little old lady downstairs in the apron section.

1  Thank Fanlao
Reviewed 4 June 2016

The image above is the most exciting thing about the museum. I was quite prepared for weaving. Oh yes, throw in a bit of cooking/baking equipment and some agricultural implements, fine! This is the stuff of ethnographic museums, but no. This museum focused on the...More

1  Thank KilkennyCatCyprus
Reviewed 26 January 2016

A small but distinctive collection well presented and informative. Make sure you talk to Ilyana, a guide at the museum. A pleasant person indeed and amine of information.

Thank Thomasli
Reviewed 17 September 2015

A very interesting and well laid out little museum (the museums in Bulgaria are among the best designed I've ever seen) the institute had a very interesting collection of artifacts, textiles, pottery, etc. and a very knowledgeable guide who was honest about how authentic everything...More

Thank garyberke
Reviewed 7 August 2015

If it had not been for the excellent temporary weaving exhibit and the wonderful Crafts Shop which gave us a preview of Bulgarian crafts on our first day in Bulgaria, I would have given this museum three stars. However, the temporary exhibit featured a woman...More

Thank JoanJ77
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