Museum of Roses
Museum of Roses
3.5
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
The Museum of Roses was founded in 1984 with the help of the city's Museum of History. The exposition includes original photographs, documents and interesting items related to the rose production - the oldest Bulgarian industry. There is a display of tools used to cultivate the rose gardens, along with vessels used to store and transport rose oil. In the yard one can find authentic installations for producing rose oil from both the 19th and the 20th century.
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Kconcannon
Geneva, Switzerland21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Solo
Kazanlak produces more than 80% of the world's rose oil. It is a labor intensive process requiring kilos of rose petals to produce just an ounce of rose oil. I had heard about the valley of roses for years and had really wanted to visit. Now that I've been once, I would go back, but do it very differently.
I visited the rose museum on a taxi tour of Kazanlak and surrounding areas. It is fairly unobtrusive, and we nearly drove right by it. It is definitely a 20th century museum with posters and text describing the equipment used. I did not get much out of it the exhibit on how rose oil is made.
One of the highlights of the museum is the area dedicated to the Rose Festival. It traces the history of the festival and has photos from almost every single year. While it still seems a little dated, it is definitely entertaining to look at fashions from decades past and see what has remained the same and what has changed.
The Rose Museum seems to be a bit of an afterthought which is unfortunate given the importance of the rose oil industry to the area. It is a 20th century relic that could use an update. I hope that as more tourists visit this part of Bulgaria (and it is absolutely beautiful!), that the museum gets a face lift and renewed life. In the meantime, it is the only place to go to read about the local industry. If you are able to visit one of the agro tourism rose farms, you can probably give the museum a miss.
Written February 16, 2015
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m50lws
Staffordshire186 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
It was very quiet when we visited. The building has a nice modern entrance with the rose oil making history and exhibits in a circle around a garden of roses. The first exhibit I noted was a book by David Austin, a recently deceased English rose grower. The explanations were in English and easy to follow. The gardens had some very attractive roses of all types with some recognizable old varieties and a few newer ones. There was a disabled access but at certain points I would question whether it was wide enough for a wheelchair.
Written October 8, 2019
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Ted
Miami Beach, FL236 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The park surrounding the museum with its many roses is also great to see. The museum itself is nice but not terribly well organized. The small gift shop that sold products was closed for inventory (the workers were just milling around) - just like in the communist days where the customer is always wrong.
Written May 7, 2019
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TravelingCat22
Tucson, AZ2,406 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
Not really a museum. It is not free as advertised on the LP guide, 3 lev for 2,5 rooms. Two posters tell you what you need to know in the first corridor (half room), the next room shows tools and the last room - totally useless - has posters with photos of all the beauty queens!!! Avoid.

Even the boutique is miserable and you get better products near the Thracian tomb in Kazanlak.

To learn in a nicer setting about the rose production, visit the ethnographic museum in Plovdiv.
Written June 20, 2015
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Pat Q
Kilkenny, Ireland214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
In 30 mins you can learn about the rose business, friendly curator will answer questions. Situated in a fine rose garden.
Written June 16, 2016
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PBTravelstheWorld
Lynden, WA399 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Solo
Rose and rose oil production is important to the Bulgarian economy; however this neglected, basement museum needs updating (some of the latest displays were from the 1970's). Interesting equipment shows how labor intensive rose oil production is. This is still done with steaming the rose petals with water and then condensing the steam to distill the rose oil out. Bulgaria makes over 60% of the world's rose oil. If you are in the area, it's a quick stop for 20 minutes to see this agricultural side of the country. I visited in October, but the grounds had lots of rose bushes and they were probably beautiful in June.
Written September 19, 2014
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svetlyo_sv
Varna, Bulgaria533 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
Absolutely interesting to see the history of fabrication of rose oil in this region. Exhibition done with modern touch, showing the past. At the end you may buy different products consists rose ore rose oil.
Written September 19, 2018
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Frog-Aus
Box Hill, Australia393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this beautifully presented museum with a different rose for each explanatory segment.It was also most interesting and instructive . I loved the semi circular shape of the building and the garden in the middle
Written July 2, 2018
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TravelTrooperX2
San Mateo, CA1,058 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
The museum takes your through a circular history of the region's rose industry. They don't allow you to take any photos of the exhibits which were rather boring after the first part. You can only take photos in the garden which is in the center of the museum. The museum is small. I thought we would learn more about the cultivation of roses and the Damascena rose variety itself rather than just how the rose oil is obtained and the various uses for it. I also mistakenly thought I would learn about rose varieties from all over, not just the one variety. Kazanlak is covered in roses of all different kinds. In my mind a rose museum is a garden with all varieties of roses blooming so that you can see the different colors and smell the various scents. This museum was sterile, but it had a gift shop with very overpriced rose products.
Written June 15, 2018
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EmkaySriLanka
Sri Lanka141 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
The circular building set in a nice park must be nice in the summer with roses growing the garden in the middle. But the display was very scanty and need be improved.

The shop has a variety of rose based products but some of these products are cheaper in town hotels.
Written December 10, 2017
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