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The expositions of the Regional Historical Museum - Plovdiv reopens for visitors on 21.05.2020 (Thursday) and will run between 9:00 and 17:00 from Monday to Friday with weekends on Saturdays and Sundays.

The expositions "Unification of Bulgaria since 1885" 1 Saedinenie Square, 1, "Bulgarian Revival" Square, 1 Tsanko Lavrenov Street, "Book Publishing in Bulgaria in the Second Half of the 19th and the Beginning of the 20th Century" at 2 Metropolitan Paisii Street and the Museum Center for Contemporary History at 14 Angel Bukoreshtliev Street will accept visitors under the following conditions:

1. The entry into the exhibitions is done by two people, except for family visits. After purchasing a ticket, the halls are examined sequentially, and no more than two people or a family can be in one hall at the same time. Each museum building can have a maximum of ten visitors. The examination of the halls is carried out in one direction, and the re-examination of the halls is prohibited;

2. At least 1.5 meters of physical distance shall be observed between each of the visitors in the expositions;

3. All visitors are required to have a protective face mask for single or multiple use or other type of cloth that completely covers the nose and mouth / towel, scarf, helmet /;

4. At the entrance of the exposition a disinfectant is provided for obligatory disinfection of the hands of the visitors;

5. It is forbidden to touch the museum windows with your hands;

6. The anti-epidemic measure for observance of the physical distance of at least 1.5 meters shall be observed by all persons and in the courtyards of the museum;

7. In order to protect the health of employees and visitors, it is forbidden to give out disquisitions and group visits to the museum;

The building was erected as an officers club in 1895. In the period 1905-1923 it was Peoples Home, which housed workers theatre, brass band and evening classes. 

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 with a large, fully equipped hall, which allows the arrangement of art and photographic exhibitions, presentations, seminars and other public events.
The permanent exposition „The Soul of the Japanese Doll” represents the history of the Japanese traditional dolls.
Dolls play a special role not only in the home of every Japanese, but also in their everyday life. They are of utmost importance in the celebration of all popular holidays in the country. Thus, with change of seasons when boys and girls grow up, they are given for the first time special figures. This is the holiday Sekku. From ancient times till now the Japanese treat their dolls as living creatures. Therefore, when dolls grow old or become useless, they are not thrown away, but real farewell ceremonies and funerals are organized in their honor. Dolls are taken in a temple for farewell as people express their gratitude to each of them. Then they are burned to ashes.
Some of the most popular dolls for girls, each one originating from an old legend, are displayed in five showcases. The sets Hina Ningyo – Emperor’s wedding from Kyoto (the old capital city of Japan) and Edo (the old name of Tokyo), which are arranged in the homes of girls on 3 March each year, and a set of dolls for the Boy’s Festival Tango no Sekku, are presented. Celebrated on 5 May it has been a national holiday (Children’s Day) since 1945. The traditional Japan dress kimono is also shown in its summer version called yukata, as well as the musical instrument koto.
This exhibition has been realized thanks to the partnership of the History Museum in Plovdiv with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which dated from 1999. In 2005 the Japanese volunteer Yuko Nakajima together with her friends from the prefecture of Saitama organized the collection of dolls, and JICA provided the necessary funds for their transportation to Bulgaria. The consignment arrived in the History Museum in Plovdiv in July 2005 composed of six cases with total weight 430 kg. It included 20 individual dolls, four groups of more than 40 dolls each, stands for the groups, toys, accessories. Total cost of the grant is USD 30,000. This exposition was realized upon the artistic design of Konstantin Kambarev with the financial support of the Japanese Embassy in Bulgaria in 2010.       

Summer working hours /April-October/: 9:30 – 18:00

Closed: Saturday and Sunday

Winter working hours /November-March/: 9:30 – 17:00

Closed: Saturday and Sunday

Day for a free-of-charge visit: First Thursday of each month

  • Historical period

  • Modern times
  • Work time

  • Days off - Saturday and Sunday; Monday to Friday - 9:00 - 17:00