Historical Museum

Historical Museum

Founded in 1901 by the patriotic citizen Petar Topuzov, the Historical Museum “Iskra” is one of the oldest, richest, and most famous regional museums in Bulgaria. It houses over 50,000 original artifacts reflecting the rich material and spiritual culture of the Kazanlak region.

The museum features permanent exhibitions in the departments of “Archaeology,” “Revival Period,” “Modern History,” “Ethnography,” and “Contemporary History.” Of particular interest to tourists are the collections of bone sickles (the only one in Southeastern Europe), medieval ceramics, cold and firearms, jewelry, and traditional costumes from the life of the people of Kazanlak in the past.
In the new vaulted hall, the museum displays the latest gold, silver, and bronze discoveries from the Thracian temple-tombs in the region. These include the unique Golden Crown of Seuthes III, his helmet and kneepads, a complete set of gold and silver horse trappings, as well as a rare collection of coins and other objects from the Thracian era.

The museum preserves, researches, and promotes the entire historical heritage of the Kazanlak region, including all Thracian tombs from the Valley of the Thracian Rulers.

Art Gallery

One of the oldest and rich art galleries in the country is located in Kazanlak – the hometown of many famous Bulgarian artists. The gallery has its own separate building, but part of its collections are exhibited in branches – the ancestral homes of Prof. Dechko Uzunov and Prof. Nenko Balkanski. The establishment of the art collection dates back to 1901. Throughout its long existence, the art gallery has gathered a valuable collection of paintings, graphics, and sculptures by Kazanlak and other Bulgarian artists. It possesses a collection of icons and engravings, a small collection of works from the decorative arts, as well as a collection of ex-libris prints by foreign artists.
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