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Archaeological Museum

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Archaeological Museum

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Ivanka Boteva Str. 2, Veliko Tarnovo 5000 Bulgaria
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Explore Bulgaria hassle-free from Bucharest on this full-day tour with a guide. Travel directly from your central Bucharest hotel to Veliko Tarnovo in an air-conditioned car or minibus. Explore St. Dimitrie Basarabov Monastery, Tsaravets Fortress, and Arbanasi Village with included entry tickets. Enjoy hotel drop-off in Bucharest at the end of the day.
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fjane84 wrote a review Nov 2020
Island of Malta, Malta626 contributions142 helpful votes
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The museum is enjoyable, has a few interesting of Mesolithic, Roman and medieval artefacts. Of course as is usual in Bulgaria the museum is not high tech or interactive, be realistic there is almost no funding for these places. But it is interesting enough to spend around 40 mins looking around. There are some English translations. Ring the bell on the door to get access, it's not expensive.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Don Wright wrote a review Nov 2019
Vancouver, Canada1,310 contributions327 helpful votes
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This is an odd, hard to find little museum. You go down a long flight of steps just to the right of the Museum of the National Revival— it’s essentially the back entrance to the basement of the library building. You pass through an inner courtyard that features a random collection of statues, and knock on the locked door, hoping the museum is open because it is quite dark inside. A worker let us in and indicated there are two galleries on the main floor and one upstairs, and then disappeared. The first gallery features artifacts from the stone age. There are labels in English, although they are quite generic and don’t describe the significance or location of the dig. This is also when we noticed how dusty the museum is. Upstairs is much more ancient pottery as well as metal tools and other everyday items. There are also two large murals on the walls of the second floor landing, perhaps relating to a previous use of the building, but no description that we could find in any language. The other gallery on the main floor has fewer English labels that we could see, and no working lighting! Back in the gloomy lobby, we looked for the worker to let us out. We called out, and knocked on what looked like an office door. Finally the worker emerged and we were on our way. I thought the museum might feature artifacts and information related to the nearby Tsarevets fortification. Apparently not. Hard to recommend, except as a free and puzzling experience on a rainy day.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Lucian M wrote a review Jul 2019
Constanta, Romania2,123 contributions239 helpful votes
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Access to the Archaeological Museum is quite difficult and somewhat unconventional: in front of the Library there are a series of steps descending towards the rear of the building. When we visited the Museum in that area were some works of restoration of the street, sidewalks, paths of access to the buildings which increase the difficulty of access. Probably the Museum was not highly sought after in that period of time, since the person who sells tickets locked the access door! Finally, we entered! The museum itself is not very impressive and there are relatively few explanations in English.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Madalina_C8 wrote a review Jul 2018
Constanta, Romania106 contributions20 helpful votes
Unfortunately, if you are not a Bulgarian citizen, you will not be able to understand too much. Translations are not available on all presented elements. The building, despite the degradation, is beautiful especially the entrance and the garden. With some efforts this museum could be a real attraction.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Damjan D wrote a review May 2018
98 contributions12 helpful votes
There are some more interesting museums of Veliko Tarnovo, like the Prison museum and the Historical museum - they all can be visited with a bundle ticket. The yard behind the building is very romantic, with some columns and statues and resembles an Italian patio.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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