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Regional Archaeological Museum

The Regional Archaeological Museum is one of the oldest cultural institutions in Bulgaria, founded in 1882. Seven temporary collections are exposed in the museum: Prehistoric Art, The Panagyurishte Gold Treasure (Thracian Art), Ancient Greek Art, Roman Art, Medieval Art, Bulgarian Revival Art and a Numismatic Collection. The Antiquity Department of the Museum displays more than 5,000 artefacts illustrating the Thracian-Roman Arts. Diverse collection of over 60,000 coins dated VI c. B. C. - XX c. A. D. can be seen in the museum's Numismatic Department.
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Regional Historical Museum - Exposition of Bulgarian Unification 1885

The exposition of Unification of Bulgaria - 1885 has been arranged in the building of the Province assembly (the Parliament) of Eastern Rumelia, designed by the architect Pierre Montani. The museum exposition was opened in 1985 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Unification of Principality of Bulgaria and East Rumelia. It represents the period beginning with the Treaty of Berlin (1878), till the Serbo-Bulgarian War of 1885. Original items (personal belongings, award tokens, cold steel and firearms), photos and documents belonging to the participants in the Unification and the Serbo-Bulgarian War are displayed in five exhibition halls on area of 900 sq.m.
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Plovdiv - Full of Life

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Regional Historical Museum - Bulgarian National Revival Exposition

The Bulgarian National Revival Exposition is displayed in the House of Dimitar Georgiadi in the Old Town, which is a cultural monument of national importance. The house was built in 1848 on commission of the wealthy Bulgarian craftsman Georgi Kendindenoglou and represents the so-called Symmetric Revival house. The exposition traces back the history of Plovdiv in the period XV-XIX century on the area of ten halls and two salons of the house. The halls on the first floor display the ethnic diversity and economic development of Plovdiv during the Ottoman rule. On the second and third floor there is exposition representing the struggle for independent church and education.
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Regional Historical Museum - Exposition of Book Publishing in Bulgaria in 19th-20th century

The exposition of the Bulgarian book publishing took place in the house of the founder of the modern Bulgarian book publishing Hristo Gruev Danov in 1975. The house was erected in the mid-19th century and is a typical example of a symmetric house from the Revival period. The transition from the ceiling to walls is painted with alternating 12 medallions, four of them depicting Johann Gutenberg. The section of the exposition holds more than 5000 volumes of books, unique publications, geographic maps and school pictures and aids, items of everyday life, personal belongings and correspondence of Hristo Danov and his publisher’s house.
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Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019

The proclamation of Plovdiv European Capital of Culture 2019 has launched a number of campaigns and activities giving the city entirely new appearance. This is the first Bulgarian city chosen to be European cultural center for a whole year!

Museum Center of Modern History - Exposition 'The Soul of Japanese Doll'

The building was originally an officers’ club, founded in 1895. In 1951 the building was turned into a Museum of the History of Capitalism, Working Class Movement and Socialist Construction. Nowadays it accommodates the Museum Centre of Modern History. The permanent exposition of the museum - The Soul of the Japanese Doll, represents the history of the Japanese traditional dolls. In the large, fully equipped hall there are also arranged art and photographic exhibitions, presentations, seminars and other public events.
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Regional Natural Science Museum

The museum displays a variety of expositions, including those of Minerals, Fishes, Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles, Invertebrates, Birds and Plants. The biggest and the most diversified aquarium in the whole country with over 216 kinds of fish and octopi and a terrarium with living animal species can be explored. After recent reconstructions, the museum boasts with the first Digital Planetarium in Bulgaria with a capacity of 50 seats, which carries the visitors into the atmosphere of nature and the outer space. On September 7, 2017, a new tropic hall will be opened. There will be observed 15 living species of butterflies, as well as over 40 exotic plants.
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City Art Gallery - Permanent Exposition CLOSED

The exposition is housed in the building of the Young Girls’ College, designed and built in 1881, under the guidance of the architect Joseph Schnitter. The collection presents the most diverse artistic works from the early development of Bulgarian art, with over 200 original pieces of artwork. It is arranged chronologically on two floors. The works of our great Revival artists before and in the first years after the Liberation are displayed. At present the City Art Gallery of Plovdiv holds 7210 works, of which 2310 – paintings, 2549 – graphic works, 545 – sculptures and applied arts works, 574 – icons and 1234 – works of Mexican art.
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Icon Gallery

On display are the best examples of icons wealth funds from the gallery's collection of Plovdiv Bishopric, representing the Eastern Christian art from the Plovdiv region and throughout South Bulgaria by the end of the fifteenth century to the late nineteenth century. Extremely valuable are eight icons from Nessebar - works of masters from the Post-Byzantine Cretan School. Seventeenth century is also presented with a number of icons from Rakitovo. The path of Bulgarian pilgrims who visited the holy places like Jerusalem, Sinai Monastery St. Catherine and the Holy Mountain Athon can be followed by the Eruslimii and the church plate presented. Thematic exhibitions are temporarily displayed, presenting various aspects of symbolic of the Christian art.
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City Art Gallery: Exposition of Georgi Bozhilov - Slona

The Skobeleva house is a Revival house in Plovdiv, built in 1860 by Kostadin Kaftandzhiyata, a prominent Bulgarian from Stara Zagora. After the liberation the mother of gen. Mihail Skobelev, Olga Skobeleva (1823-1880), lived here until her death. She is known for her charity for helping the bulgarian victims of the Turkish rout in southern Bulgaria during the April Uprising and the Liberation War. At her place of death near Tsarigradsko shose Blvd. stands a memorial park. In 2003 in the Skobeleva house is arranged a constant exposition, devoted to the work of the famous Plovdiv artist Georgi Bozhilov - The Elephant (1935- 2001). On the northern side there could be seen a picturesque panel and a mosaic of another famous painter - Dimitar Kirov, which he dedicates to his friend. The turbot of the house from the side of Saborna Str. is decorated with memorial mural, a painting and a mosaic, designed by Dimitar Kirov, engraved in Georgi Bozhilov’s memory.
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City Art Gallery - Exposition of Tsanko Lavrenov

In his works Tsanko Lavrenov demonstrates a deep sincere devotion to the monuments of the Bulgarian Renaissance. His compositions with themes from Plovdiv and Veliko Tarnovo, with themes from old monasteries of the Holy Mountain of Athos, Rila and Rhodopes, indicate his desire to connect with the natural architectural forms in the name of their respectable historicity. Although almost all the characteristics of his art are typical for modernism and are not unknown to European art of that time, put together in his decorative graphic illustrations, they present a different approach to creativity.
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