Ethnographic Museum

The museum is housed in the “Kurtidi House” – a 19th century architectural monument of culture with local importance. It is located in the Old town of Sozopol on 34, Cyril and Methodius Street. The building is restored in its authentic look and offers a view of the picturesque bay of Sozopol.

The museum

On the first floor of the exposition are presented traditional local crafts – agriculture, fisheries, wine making, weaving and etc. Together with the agricultural implements, the coziness of the former Sozopol house with the repast (sofra) and the fireplace around it, filled with kitchen utensils, was recreated. Emphasis is placed on fishing gear and accessories. The ancient charm of Sozopol is richly illustrated with photographs and documents from the beginning of the 20th century.

On the secound floor are presented traditional fabrics and clothing, characteristic of the ethnographic groups of Ruptci, Zagortci and Tronki, inhabiting Sozopol and the coastal Strandzha region in the 18th – 19th centuries. The beautiful costumes, tablecloths, colorful rugs and aprons, pillows and cuffs are all part of the multicolor, which illustrates the high aesthetic criteria and the aspiration for beauty of the Bulgarian woman. An important element of the exposition module are the jewelry from the Revival period – decorated belt buckles (pafta), bracelets, rings, earrings and etc. In a short narration with illustrations, the traditional customs, typical for Sozopol region, are recreated.

Monumental woodcarving, festive costumes, marriage certificates and photographs tell in a unique way about the traditional Bulgarian wedding. In two of the rooms is presented the urban life, associated with the entry and spread of European cultural traditions from the end of the 19th – beginning of the 20th century. The Greek-speaking population is considered to be the bearer of these cultural influences, despite the prevailing Bulgarian appearance of the city in modern times. Typical urban knits and toilets, as well as antique furniture, luxury household items, glass, porcelain, musical instruments and etc. are presented in the exposition.