Open Air Ethnographic Museum "Etar", Bulgaria - The Past Becomes Visible

Welcome to the magical place called Ethara. Here you can breathe fresh air, enjoy the music of nature, relax near the river and clear your mind.


One beautiful place is hiding near Garbovo and it is worth visiting. The Open Air Ethnographic Museum "Etar" is the first one of this type in Bulgaria and it was found on the 7 of September 1964. Here you can enjoy some Bulgarian Renaissance architecture. The aim of the museum is to show the architecture, the lifestyle and the past of Gabrovo region during the Revival period (second half of 18 and the 19 centuries). One interesting fact is that all types of equipment work in the same way as they did in the past, due to the original mill-stream system dating.

The museum territory covers an area of 7 ha and comprises 50 sites - water technical equipment, houses with craftsman's workshops, etc.

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The living premises and the workshops are detached from the so-called "craftsmen's street ". It is really a long street where you can participate in workshops for sandals, a furriery, cow-bells workshop, pottery making workshop, workshop for silverware and woodcarving, for producing carts, national folk instruments, etc., or just to watch how the professionals do it. The craftsmen are manufacturing different products and selling them directly from the workshops and this is a good opportunity for you to buy hammered knives, wooden bowls, silver jewelry, an icon with a wood-carved icon-stand and many more for your friends and family. However, if you just want to watch, you will for sure experience the once-in-a-lifetime handmade magic.

While you are walking around, you can’t miss the old-times water-driven machinery. It’s the only one of its kind. 

The museum prices for a visit are EUR 2.50, and there are special tickets for students – EUR 1, Seniors 65+ - EUR 1.50, and a family ticket with children up to 18 years – EUR 4.50.

Traditionally every year at the beginning of September in the Museum, masters from near and far gather together to present their craft skills and unique items to the numerous visitors to the International Fair of Traditional Crafts. This year it will be from 6 to 9 September, so pack your things and go visit the Ethara!

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Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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